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Astonishing Reality Of Smart Cities

Smart Cities initiatives currently focus on enhancing public agencies. We see a shift into new and innovative services provided directly to the public once the basic infrastructure is in place.

Smart Cities initiatives will start to bring together many diverse companies and technologies, many that would not historically fit, with solution longevity as a cornerstone strategy.

The evolution toward Smart Cities will see increased emphasis on sensor technology, data collection and real-world analytics to enable state-of-the-art mobility and safer streets.

Cities will increase their focus on the analysis of social media and other crowdsourced data as a means for identifying where public services are most needed.

There are always plenty of vitamins in Smart Cities initiatives, but right now we’re getting medicine: smart, connected monitoring systems for water, power, sewer, and traffic.

Electric Vehicles use a lot of power and need dedicated charging stations in cities. Many building owners will look to Smart EV chargers that efficiently charge vehicles without energy waste to solve this issue as EVs become more prominent.

City leaders will find ways to collaborate closer with other cities to establish an open city enablement layer, supporting service portability between cities and drive economy of data models.

With Government driving the Smart Cities initiative, adoption for smart street lights and smart water tube-wells has picked-up rapidly and will reflect in coming months.

Driverless cars will be operating in technology precincts in Australia within 12 months. Taxi and Uber drivers out of work by 2020.

The real power in the Smart Cities technology experience is the application layer that will ultimately support any and all divisions of the local government agency.

Smart Cities do not need to be expensive or futuristic cities. Technology is available that can bring impactful and pragmatic solutions to municipal transportation systems.

If we analyze patterns and interactions between people and systems – such as transport and waste management – we can develop cities that are still robust while also being highly efficient and sustainable – but in new terms.

Expect to see growing interest and adoption of convenient data & communication hubs and kiosks providing Gigabit Wi-Fi, video and voice access for citizens.

I believe Smart Cities are the future, just not sure if it’s what it should be. Security is going to be a major concern, government surveillance as well as sole hackers.

A Snowden-like public privacy pushback as tech insiders disclose how info from everything from smart home gadgets to talking Barbie dolls to fitness monitors can be used against you.

Cities will increasingly leverage the expertise of citizens. Tech is facilitating consultations with individuals who have the knowledge and experience to advise on key decisions regularly and at low cost.

Offsite construction and digitization of building process through Building Information modelling. Use of big data analysis to make smarter decisions in saving energy.

30% of traffic congestion is caused by drivers looking for elusive parking spaces. Innovation is underway to streamline the process with mobile apps to find and pay for parking.

The Smart Cities initiatives will provide key infrastructure, technology and data components that can be used for case studies about citywide expansion, highlighting each participating city as an innovation hub.

Future initiatives should focus on the integration of disparate IoT devices and platforms in today’s cities to make actionable prescriptive recommendations on the massive variety of data currently being collected.


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  1. New initiative by Modi government i.e the concept of smart cities is the most talked one.It has the potential to touch the life of millions of Indians in a big way.
    The success of smart city depends on how well the various subsystems of the city integrate with minimum human interference.
    According to the concept of smart city in India,ll the data that is collected from sensors – electricity, gas, water, traffic and other government analytics – is carefully compiled and integrated into a smart grid and then fed into computers that can focus on making the city as efficient as possible.

  2. Smart city ? This sounds very futuristic . But are the residents smart enough to a part of smart city. Technology should make lives easier but is so. India is a place where poverty, backwardness is a huge issue. If we are comparing with the smart cities of developed countries of today, by the time we reach there they would have already reached to a new level of smartness.
    eg Train ticket booking was troublesome activity, waiting in huge queue and praying that your luck favours you. Tatkal queue is not for the weak hearted. Online ticket booking has solved somewhat of not physically going to the station but anywhere with internet facility. , the real issue of ticket availability has not been solved. If you are late by a second your ticket is booked by someone else. Also how many are using this online facility ?
    So I agree with Mr Christopher Perry – Smart city need not be futuristic or expensive, technology available need to be impactful and practical solutions.

  3. To develop a smart city,smart livelihood must be ensured.A place where human beings are busy doing their jobs,they should not be worried about trivial matters like flush isn’t working,or the switches aren’t working etc.A smart city should be enabled with highly interconnected networking.Every household should have a control panel which ensures the working of every functionality in the house,this control panel should be linked to a central maintenance department which takes care of it,whenever there is a problem regarding something not functioning a repair person is immediately sent to deal with it.The other requirement is having all the necessary requirements in the right place,like hospitals,community centers,shopping malls etc.They should be well connected to the residential areas with roads which are not going to have too much of traffic.All the other transport facilities must be connected to the city and their information of incoming and outgoing should be available to the residents over their smartphones using an app,this helps in avoiding traffic and wastage of time.Every facility should be digitally equipped using IoT which enables us to get real time data using which a lot of meaningful insights can be derived in order to make improvements.Its the digital age everything should be present in the fingertips of the users for their comforts.

  4. Most metropolitan cities were just constructed by our past generations and not planned and they are not future ready in any sense. Even smaller infrastructure projects can face many hurdles. Making them IoT ready would further add to a long list of problems. Governments have realized it and they are taking a step towards to it, like developing satellite cities. These cities prove to be the most efficient alternatives. These cities can be made future ready and should be developed considering IoT as well. And developing from scratch is also a better alternative. Smart cities not necessarily mean developing very hi-tech cities, instead they must be the cities to sustain the future and provide the best and the smartest services. Technology can not only be used to just select the cities but also forecast the expected growth and take the best possible decisions on the best possible time.

  5. one ad-on can be added to build a smart city ie
    Ever run around looking for a public toilet? For a pharmacy? Ever waited forever for a bus under the rain, without knowing when it’s coming, or missed it? What if your phone tells you? If a little and well designed application stores the knowledge in your pocket? Citizens have little everyday problems that data and mobile can help with.

  6. I think we need two fundamentally different approaches to Smart cities depending on whether you are trying to make an existing, bustling city smart (e.g. Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru) or building a smart city from scratch (e.g. Amaravathi in Andhra Pradesh, GIFT city in Gujarat). The former naturally has limitations to how ‘smart’ you can make a city due to existing buildings, infra, population distribution, space constraints etc. Progress will likely be incremental and in bite-sized chunks. It will pose its unique set of challenges versus the later where planners are free to mould the city any which way they like. Also, each city will have a different set of priorities and the order in which they are tackled. Mumbai may view housing as its biggest challenge, Delhi may go with traffic while Chennai may choose to solve for flash-floods before everything else.

    Technology, big data, sensors and analytics will have a big role to play in any smart city. An integrated dashboard for the city fathers will help simplify this complex web of information and allow them to make decisions quickly based on real-time information. Their involvement and buy-in will be important to keep funding any smart city initiative.

  7. Hi
    As a part of my academic project, I recently visited Varanasi & came up with the following solutions for an efficient Smart city planning system:

    1. Use AEC software for Varanasi – It is a project management software that can be used to centralize all the civil amenities under one control room. Although, it hasn’t been ever used for a Smart city but the software can be customized by the altering a few parameters to meet the specific needs.

    2. As most of the construction in Varanasi does not comply with the building codes, it should me made sure that any further development for the smart city should meet strict norms as Varanasi lies in a high seismic zone of 4-5.

    3. 15-20 % of the housing should be earmarked for the poor as this will greatly reduce the number of people residing on the roads and help in alleviating the traffic problems of the city.

    4. A satellite town should be established on the periphery of Varanasi. It is not feasible to carry out the development works for turning it into a smart city with the dense population. A satellite town will greatly help reduce pressure on Varanasi and will subsequently help in Job creation.

    5. E-Governance should be implemented across the spectrum of all government offices. Recently launched ‘Digital India’ campaign would go a long way in speeding up reforms in Varanasi.

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