Egov: Telangana set for digital dividend; here’s why

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New Delhi | Published: September 29, 2016 6:07:34 AM

Telangana, which emerged from the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh, is leveraging modern technology not only for effective and efficient governance, but also for sustainable economic development and inclusive social development.

Telangana, which emerged from the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh, is leveraging modern technology not only for effective and efficient governance, but also for sustainable economic development and inclusive social development. Recently, the state government announced a slew of initiatives in partnership with US networking major Cisco, in order to accelerate the digital transformation of Telangana. These include setting up a Digital Zone smart city project in Hyderabad and deploying digital solutions at the historical landmark monument of the state capital, the Qutubshahi tombs. The partnership also seeks to boost education, local innovation and foster entrepreneurship.

As part of the Digital Zone project, Cisco will deploy its City Digital Platform (CDP) in the 2.2 km area near Hi-Tech City in Hyderabad, including smart Wi-Fi, smart parking, smart lighting, traffic analytics at key junctions, remote expert for government services (REGS), smart environmental sensors, smart waste management, and a smart control centre to monitor and manage the city.

Cisco will collaborate with local ecosystem solution providers to build a scalable model for effective rollout of city services. This project will utilise Cisco’s global expertise and intellectual property in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), mobile technology and applications, cloud computing, data analytics, social media, energy, and lighting solutions. Cisco will also collaborate with the state for its upcoming smart city project in Telangana.

Dinesh Malkani, president, Cisco India and Saarc, said, “Digitisation will be key to how cities, communities and countries maintain global competitiveness, increase GDP growth, foster innovation and create new jobs.”

Cisco will also set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) and a Living Lab on the T-Hub premises to promote regional innovation and will enable partners and start-ups to build solutions around IoT and cyber security and engage in rapid prototyping. This will also act as a platform to bring start-ups, accelerators, developers, researchers, ecosystem partners and the venture community together to showcase possibilities of the Internet of Things. In the CoE, Cisco would showcase its global smart cities platform (CDP), which can integrate various smart city services onto a unified platform along with some of Cisco’s technologies, such as collaboration solutions and Cisco mobility services engine.

The Cisco CoE will be hosted in the IIIT campus in T-Hub, which is part of the 70,000 sq ft building called Catalyst, dedicated to entrepreneurship. T-Hub’s mission is to catalyse the growth of Hyderabad into one of the most vibrant start-up communities in the world.

“Hyderabad is being labeled as the preferred ‘go-to-destination’ for a lot of global companies. My vision for the state is to continue that rich legacy of making Hyderabad the most preferred IT destination in the world and expand it to the rest of Telangana,” said KT Rama Rao, minister of IT, electronics and communications, Telangana government.

The state government will collaborate with Cisco to help deliver remote interactive education. Cisco will set up virtual video-based classrooms in 10 remote schools in Karimnagar district for inter-school learning and sharing of faculty and content.

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