IT gives cities a ‘smart’ makeover
Traffic jams have become endemic to most Indian big cities. Not only that, erratic water supply and innumerable power cuts can really drive people crazy, especially in summer months. Thankfully, there’s a way around it and technology holds the promise to make our cities a better place to live in.
Cities in the developed world are making technology master plans and then using these plans to develop a citywide command and control network that monitors and optimises the delivery of services like power, water, traffic and healthcare. The basic premise of a smart city is making infrastructure network and delivery of services more efficient—across telecommunication, logistics, water and gas supply.
Indian cities, in a small way, are using advanced technology to solve problems. These include traffic control, using sensors to monitor water leaks, tracking garbage trucks through global positioning systems to ensure they dump their waste at designated landfills, energy management in smart buildings and complexes.
The concept of a smart city is a relatively new one, brought into limelight in India by IBM. The tech major brought its smarter planet concept to India in 2010 and today, it has over 20 projects under IBM smarter cities initiatives. To name a few cities among them are Delhi, Pune
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