The government’s Smart Cities Mission to have 100 smart cities by 2020 is steadily gathering momentum. This ambitious initiative is in sync with another mega project—Digital India—for digital empowerment of citizens, making government services available digitally, and creating digital infrastructure as the power behind public utilities for every citizen—and lays special emphasis on adoption of innovative digital technologies.
Predictably, leading tech giants such as IBM, Microsoft, HP, Cisco, Honeywell are vying hard to grab key projects since technology will be the backbone of these smart city projects. They are also pursuing partnerships with homegrown tech companies who are developing solutions for smart cities to take the vision forward.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is among them and has set an ambitious plan to secure a leading role in the smart city projects in India. The company intends to grab opportunities in the central government’s $7.3 billion Smart Cities Mission through collaboration with local players and solution providers in the smart city space. It has changed its strategy—from direct to indirect—and roped in close to five to six local players for building a wide range of IoT based smart city solutions.
The US tech major has opened its first Customer Experience Centre (CEC) in Gurugram to showcase and demonstrate IoT-based smart city solutions. Powered by Intel architecture, the CEC will enable partners and customers to experience cutting-edge solutions including eHealth centre, public Wi-Fi, city surveillance, solid waste management, and integrated command and control centre (ICCC). HPE India has partnered with Intel, 2020 imaging, MapmyIndia, Fast Lane, Qizon to demonstrate IoT-based smart city solutions that address the complex and fragmented ecosystem that exists within IoT environments. The CEC is connected to five to seven command and control centres that gives real-time data that interconnects the various components of the end-to-end solution.
Som Satsangi, managing director, Enterprise Group, HP said: “At HPE, we are working with various technology partners to build end-to-end smart city solutions. At the CEC, we have integrated with seven live command and control centres, thereby giving full live experience to our partners and customers.”
Recently, Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation selected HPE Universal IoT Platform to create India’s first cloud-based ICCC, which with its multi-tenancy capabilities will be able to run several city command centre operations in parallel across seven cities in Madhya Pradesh.
By Sandhya Michu