A vision for Indian growing urban masses, smart city is the vision for of the future as it rests on the integration of smart technologies through transformation systems. The new Government has come into power with the idea of smart cities which has generated a buzz and is the flavor of the season now. Close to all 100 cities enabled with the latest in technology and infrastructure along with being self-sustainable is what India has to look forward to in the next five years.
India’s Urban Awakening, a report by McKinsey on the number of people migrating to cities is any urban planner’s worst nightmare. India will need to build 20 to 30 cities in the next decade alone. By 2030, 590 million Indians will live in cities, up from 340 million in 2008. It took almost 40 years (1971-2008) for India’s urban population to grow by 230 million. The next 250 million city dwellers will be added in half that time. The report suggested that India should build about 25 satellite cities near large Tier I and Tier II cities, each accommodating up to a million people.
By 2050, half of the Indian population will be living in urban areas, so with these alarming statistics, there is an urgent need for urban redevelopment and improved public transportation. This has led to extensive thought and planning to lower urban density by building smart cities that seem to be an answer to this pressing problem.
Emerging technologies are poised to give a new improved lifestyle to the people living in urban areas. Using ultra-low power sensors, wireless networks, and web and mobile-based applications, smart cities are all set to become a reality for the urban dwellers. These new cities will focus on three areas: education, employment and entertainment.
A smart city is one that completely runs on technology- be it for electricity, water, sanitation and recycling, ensuring 24/7 water supply, traffic and transport systems that use data analytics to provide efficient solutions to ease commuting, automated building security and surveillance systems, requiring minimal human intervention, and Wi-Fi-powered open spaces and houses that ensure always-on, high-speed connectivity.
Smart cities are all about the city unified traditionally with different departments and processes to achieve better operational efficiency and increased effectiveness while maximising resources and facilitating services to its citizens.
A smart city in action might integrate police response and reporting with transportation, energy and urban planning, public safety and better governance. A smart city is one that makes optimum use of technology to transform its core systems to tap its finite resources.
At the heart of the smart city is a vast and all-pervasive information and communication technology (ICT) network that serves three broad purposes: improving a city’s economic efficiency; promoting a better quality of life for citizens; and thereby promoting a sustainable urban environment.
Using ultra-low power sensors, wireless networks, and web and mobile-based applications, smart cities are all set to become a reality for the urban dwellers. These new cities will focus on three areas: education, employment and entertainment
With this grand vision ahead of us, we will have high-tech cities which will virtually talk – will give us live status updates on traffic patterns, pollution, parking spaces, water, power and light. Imagine how that kind of information will improve the economic and environmental health of the city for residents, entrepreneurs, traders and visitors.
The geographic information systems (GIS) will be used for planning and monitoring to provide drainage, better sanitation, waste management, water recycling and Wi-Fi facilities for public and commercial areas.
Designed on the lines of Smart City Concept by IBM, Wave lnfratech, the real estate arm of Wave Group had launched a 4,500 acre self-sufficient smart city barely 30 minutes away from Delhi and 10 minutes away from Noida on NH-24, Ghaziabad.
With the proposed Eastern Peripheral Expressway, running across the northern part of this smart city, Wave City is well connected on all three sides with an intricate network of roads running in and around the city.
Wave City is a high-tech city designed to customize to the needs of its inhabitants. Designed by world renowned city planners, Bentel Associates from South Africa, this smart city is an urban man’s dream.
Wave City has also tied up with renowned chain of academic institutions to set-up world-class schools and a sporting fraternity to offer best of sports facilities in the township. Wave City is the first to have tied up with a world-renowned- ISKCON temple. All these facilities would be managed and maintained by Wave to ensure after sale services are delivered and ensured to the inhabitants of the city.
This smart Wave City will be one of the largest fully integrated cities in the country with every amenity which has been designed to ensure world-class living standards with all the intricate innovative features that would be privately managed and maintained by Wave City. It will also ensure to provide for a reduced cost of living, along with a quick resolution to anything anytime of the day depending on an individual’s requirements.
A central command centre will be installed to be at the helm of affairs to manage the entire operations in the city. The smart city will have 24×7 COY surveillance, panic buttons, fibre optic connectivity and traffic direction boards. It will provide all the amenities of modern lifestyle along with the most technologically advanced infrastructure. Implementation of smart technology offers its inhabitants an efficient public transportation system, better civic infrastructure, recycling of sewage water, sensors to monitor water leaks, green spaces and easy accessibility to goods, services and the activities which are designed to foster a sense of community.
It will integrate condition of all of its critical infrastructures to optimise its resources, plan its preventive maintenance activities and monitor security aspects while maximizing services to its citizens. Using this targeted and unified approach, the smart city residents will benefit from more proactive awareness and information sharing. This city will be equipped with the most updated technology and will be ensure heightened safety and security of the residents.
This kind of smart city with high-tech features will certainly attract, create, enable and retain the citizens’ skills, knowledge and creativity. Witnessing the trend of masses becoming more tech savvy, wanting ease and enjoyment at home, the trend towards smart cities is here to stay as it showcases a smarter way of living one’s life.
More and more people are looking at living in a smart city as an option as these features are a boon in today’s urban lifestyle.
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