Opening the discussion, Vikram Sahgal, Inspector General of Police, Central Reserve Police Force said that the major concern, today, for a developing country is the 'security'. He asked the panelists that how differently they are working towards the betterment of state-wise smart city projects.
The panelists included Sheshadri.T, IT Advisor, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Awadesh Sharma, CEO, Ujjain Smart City Ltd, Rajendra Bahuguna, IT Advisor, Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority, Dr. Nirmaljit Singh Kalsi, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Home Affairs, Government of Punjab, Lalit Jain, Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur, MS Bhatia, Inspector General of Police, Central Reserve Police Force and Om Prakash Mishra, Special Secretary-Home Department, Government of NCT of Delhi. The panel discussion was moderated by Vikram Sahgal, Inspector General of Police, Central Reserve Police Force.
Mr. Kalsi, presented various key points related to the smart city initiatives, focussing mainly on how new age technologies, that is now the 'architecture' of a smart city, can be helpful for public safety and security of cities. He also emphasized that, "every state should come together in order to face the growing cybercrime,"' since social media is the growing platform for fake messages, around 80-90% messages are fake, and people react to it without even questioning its authenticity.
He further said that, "specialized integrated public safety and security verticals should be included to make a smart city."
Adding to that, Mr. Bahuguna said that we need to get small issues solved for the citizens in order to make a smart city. He further pointed out that the "key point is to integrate the core assets."
"The role of technology is changing because the future is embedded in technology and we need to up our game," said MS Bhatia.
Mr. Mishra discussed the new measures, like microdot (nanotech) - metal dots with indestructible info, new coded forensic evidence kits, and digitalizing prosecution branch, that the Government of India is working on for a smart city. He said on the ending note, "a smart city has to be secured smartly".