Cisco today announced a partnership with ILFS Technologies (ITL) at the Cisco India Summit 2014 in Bengaluru, to jointly develop solutions for digital infrastructure and smart cities in India. The collaboration will focus on creating solutions for urban cities in traffic management, public safety and e-governance. The solutions will help citizens to get infrastructure services like traffic, parking, lighting and water.
The partnership will bring together Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions and ITL’s understandings in infrastructure development in India. ITL is currently managing five national and two global land management projects. It also rolled out the communication backbone for Gurgaon Rapid Metro among several other key projects.
“With this partnership, we aim to develop India centric technologies to digitize the country. The collaboration will focus on delivering core infrastructure, creating a smart ecosystem and service delivery,” said Dinesh Malkani, president, sales, Cisco India and SAARC.
Both the companies will jointly go to market to pursue opportunities in the infrastructure sector and smart cities in India.
The Digital India program aims to bring connectivity to villages. However, not much of scaled effort is taking place to empower the Digital India mission. “Too many pilot projects are being done currently. This is just the beginning and it will take some time to scale up these pilot projects. We need more transparency and the pilot projects must have a business model for it become successful. We will be choosing projects based on the ecosystem and political will,” said Prem Saigal, chairman, ITL.