The initiative will work on 40 areas in eight domains --Energy & water, infrastructure, planning & buildings,Transportation, Public safety & justice, Tourism, recreation &culture, Education, Health and Social services & governmentadministration.
Microsoft said in a statement that these areas will helpaddress 90 per cent of the challenges cities face, andCityNext will address them through its partner network of morethan 430,000 technology experts across the globe.
In India, TCS and Wipro are working with Microsoft forthe initiative, with other leading system integrators alsojoining the CityNext ecosystem, it added.
CityNext helps city administrators create a comprehensivetechnology framework by integrating existing citizen centricsolutions and providing access to them via the cloud, socialand mobile.
It also allows city administrators to monitor the keymetrics of their city through customised analytics anddashboards.
"By 2030, India will have more than 69 cities with apopulation of more than one million. In fact, an estimated 590million people will be living in cities," Microsoft IndiaChairman Bhaskar Pramanik said.
As India prepares to modernise its old infrastructure,city leaders have to meet these growing demands with tightbudgets and greater citizen expectations, he added.
In India, the deployment of Microsoft Dynamics AX (2009)by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd improvedits efficiency, reduced costs and eliminated redundant manualprocesses.
Other examples of citizen-centric projects involvingMicrosoft and partners are CCTNS (Crime and Criminal TrackingNetwork System) project and eight million Live@Edu accounts(as of June 30, 2013) in many of the 10,000 technical collegesand institutes under All India Council for TechnicalEducation.