Plethora Of Possibilities For Smart Cities
Adoption of futuristic technologies widens the scope of possibilities in improving healthcare, security, and other domains
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The adoption of futuristic technologies: Edge computing, IoT, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is understood to be critical for the development of smart cities in India. A report predicted that two out of three people in the world will live in cities by 2020. The amount of data created, the pressure for urbanization and tackling the livelihood challenges open up the discussion for what best leverages the technological developments for smart cities.
Sundar Varadaraj, President, Trigyn Technologies, while giving an industry presentation shared, “A typical echo-cardiogram costs around 2000 rupees in a hospital. We have created a device (based on IoT technologies) that tracks and measures 34 parameters of the heart within a minute and sends it to a doctor. The device only costs only 100 to 200 per echocardiogram – can be propagated to a most marginalized population.” “Make healthcare affordable to the masses,” Varadaraj emphasized.
The point of technological advancement can’t be discussed without specifying the security concerns. Taking up the security issues that come with the rapid adoption of technological advancement, Varadaraj illustrated a case of security concern with the example of drones. He stated, it is not possible to make out whether a drone is flying overhead for best purposes or is used to spy. He further added, the same issue pertains to the use of drones near the borders – which side of the border does a drone flying overhead belongs to. He added the key information that for a smart city a complete security cover includes three aspects – cybersecurity (software and hardware), wireless and vision camera.
Speaking on the other possibility where developments are possible, Varadaraj shared a critical government statistic that states that 50 per cent of energy is wasted from every electronic device. “There is a lot of cutting-edge development possible, especially in the smart cities,” Varadaraj said.
The above industry expert was presenting at the BW Businessworld organized 8th Smart Cities Conclave.