Smart city transforms the way you live, work

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  • With the rapid technological growth, many countries are adopting and developing smart cities for better management and utilization of resources.
  • A smart city infrastructure not only manages but also ensures optimal use of available resources in an efficient manner while minimizing wastage.
  • Traffic management system in a smart city keeps the traffic smooth and congestion-free, thereby decreasing vehicular emissions and air pollution.
  • Smart cities provide a robust and user-friendly digital experience. This enables all various departments and service providers to be interconnected and work efficiently.
  • The smart city technology encourages its residents to get more involved with governance by reporting issues online and hold the authorities accountable for their lapses.
“The future is here! The concept of developing a smart city driven by technology is sure to change the way we live and work. World-over such citizen-friendly and sustainable cities are coming up and India is also not lagging behind. Apart from providing ease-of-living by improving various aspects of our lives, smart cities are the need of the hour to save the planet from further degradation.”

The Government’s announcement of Smart Cities Mission five years ago evoked a great deal of excitement in the country, and rightly so. The idea of making a city citizen-friendly and sustainable, with technology at its core, has been prevalent world-over. With the rapid technological growth, many countries are adopting and developing smart cities for better management and utilization of resources. From smart governance, smart energy management, smart environment protection, and smart transportation to smart healthcare and smart education, a smart city encompasses several technological advancements thereby bringing about a revolution in the way we live and work.

According to various studies, 66 percent of the world population is expected to live in urban areas by the year 2050. Providing healthy food, safe water, and clean energy while ensuring overall economic, social, and environmental sustainability are essential to sustain these numbers.

As groundwater levels are depleting alarmingly, solutions like Smart Water Management are a necessity. A smart city infrastructure not only manages but also ensures optimal use of available resources in an efficient manner while minimizing wastage.

Air pollution is another serious challenge, particularly in India. It’s harmful not only to human beings but also to the planet. As part of the smart city infrastructure, air pollution sensors are installed all over the city to keep a check on air purity levels. Traffic management system in a smart city keeps the traffic smooth and congestion-free, thereby decreasing vehicular emissions and air pollution. A smart city system maintains and keeps check on the security of the area as well – identifying sectors with the maximum crime rate and helping the police to increase force and patrolling in those particular areas.

Smart cities provide a robust and user-friendly digital experience. This enables all various departments and service providers to be interconnected and work efficiently in coordination with each other like a well-oiled machine.

A combination of all these multi-faceted advantages makes the Smart Cities Mission an innovative and flagship initiative to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people. Enabling efficient local development and harnessing technology as a means, it yields smart outcomes for the consumers.

A smart city uses technology to increase efficiencies and improve the overall quality of life of its residents. The smart city technology encourages its residents to get more involved with governance by reporting issues online and hold the authorities accountable for their lapses. By adapting to the rapidly-advancing technology, the move towards smart and intelligent city Infrastructure is bound to transform the society in the near future.

In this regard, India’s decision to adopt smart city infrastructure is a huge step towards achieving its goal of becoming a global power. In the private’s sector, Mahindra World City in Jaipur is one of the earliest cities in the country to have successfully implemented the smart city model. Tech Mahindra is also coming up with smart city projects in Kanpur, Gandhinagar, and Nashik. Tata Group is another major player to venture into multiple smart city projects. Besides these, there is the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), which is coming up near Ahmedabad in Gujarat.