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Innovative Solutions For Smart Cities

On the 1st of December, BW Businessworld conducted its 6th Smart cities conclave and awards in New Delhi

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The first panel discussion was conducted on the importance of innovative solution in urban modernization and the ease of living. The panellists included NSN Murthy, partner and leader, Price Waterhouse Coopers Pvt Ltd, Rajendra Jagtap, CEO, Pune smart city Ltd, Rashmi Singh, Secretary, New Delhi Municipal Council, Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Bhopal Smart City Ltd, Siddharth Singh, MD, Guwahati Smart City Ltd, Mahip Tejasvi, CEO, Gwalior Smart City Ltd and Kapil Malhotra, Director-Sales Consulting, Oracle India Pvt Ltd.

Moderating the panel, Murthy raised queries to panelists about what are their achievements and what have they planned about the future along with how their respective smart cities are tech-savvy.

Rajendra Jagtap said, "Pune had taken many innovative initiatives that have now started taking shape." He talked about the integrated command and control centre that connects every possible department with each other, for instance, police, transport and fire department. He also discussed that the database of road connectivity has helped the regional municipality for a better budget for roads with more accuracy. Rajendra also talked about various incubation centres to develop a workforce for smart cities. He also talked about 70 to 80 per cent accomplishment of geotagging of all the properties in the city.

Rashmi Singh informed that parking management was the biggest challenge to New Delhi municipal council. She said that the first phase is almost complete. She stressed upon a fully-connected technology-enabled parking system. "It was a public-private partnership model which has proved to be good," said Rashmi. She also talked about the difficulty of decision-making due to the involvement of various stakeholders in the system.

Siddharth Singh informed about the initiatives of Water ATMs and bio-toilets with women-friendly trash boxes in Guwahati. He also talked about the difficulty in developing Brahmaputra riverfront and how the technology has helped them overcome various challenges.

Kapil Malhotra said how they have developed an app which has connected pharmacies with the help of IoT and Blockchain. He informed that, "it was developed with the help of Apollo hospitals and the pilot phase is almost over. Geotagging of data and fraud detection has become very important." He has also informed that the collected data can also be processed using various algorithms for cause and effect.

Sanjay Kumar shared how they have established an app to integrate traffic's end-to-end solutions in Bhopal. This app catches traffic regulation violation and identifies the person it can send e-challans to get the penalty paid. He also informed that they are working for last mile connectivity via smart cycles. Along with other developments he has informed about a city connectivity card, which will give access to entire public utilities in the city.

Mahip Tejasvi informed about their initiative of developing Gwalior as a digital-friendly smart city. He shared his journey about how they have showcased Gwalior as a heritage-cum-tourist sight. Mahip said that Gwalior was missing from tourism map even though it comes under the similar periphery of Delhi & Agra. Water treatment and management were other areas where Gwalior has settled benchmarks, as the region gets low seasonal rainfall.

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