Talks begin to set standards for smart cities

With smart city development as one of the key infrastructural reforms announced by the NDA government, things are now moving at the ground. In one such move to bring a sense of balance between various smart city components, talks are underway between various invited experts on subject including internet of things (IOT) to set a basic standard for smart cities in India. Experts are meeting at TenSymp 2015 in Ahmedabad discussing various components of smart city development from traffic management system to water conservation and use of digital systems in smart cities. The event is organized by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at GIFT-City, one of the first smart city projects in the country. The event organizers are hoping to release a whitepaper at the end of the event showcasing various standard protocols to adopt for smart city management. National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) is also working on a report the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) framework for smart city development protocols. The report scheduled to be launched in upcoming Smart City Expo in New Delhi on May 21 is likely to suggest possible funding mechanisms and procurement strategies for all smart city development. The Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also confirmed that new smart city guidelines would be released in the near future and is in the process of being finalized. All smart city aspirants will be selected based on a ‘City Challenge Competition’ the details of which would be released in the coming few weeks. Each city will henceforth be graded based on their revenues, expenditure, availability of infrastructure relating to transport, drinking water and solid waste management. A total of 20 cities are likely to be selected this year, while 40 each will be selected in the coming 2 years as work gets underway to fulfill the ambitious 100 smart cities project. Likely Standards for Smart City Development While a white paper is yet to emerge on the smart city standards, here are the top five contenders that are likely to be part of the smart city standard protocols. IT Enabled Government: All smart cities are likely to have an IT-enabled administration and governance also known as smart governance. The cities would offer its residents a range of e-governance services over mobile phones and other devices. Efficient Public Utility: Water, waste management and energy needs of residents are likely to be managed with smart solutions including water harvesting, use of energy conservation and recycling of waste and with energy efficient waste disposal tools. PPP Module for Development: Smart city development is likely to get a go ahead on the Public private partnership module to deliver quality service at international standards. Impressive Social Infrastructure: Social infrastructure like playgrounds, schools and public spaces are likely to get a dedicated focus in all smart city development standard protocols. Focus on Public Safety: Road rage and women safety are likely to rank high at standard protocols with the use of network of CCTV cameras in intelligent surveillance across the cities.