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'A City Can Be Called Smart Only If It Is Also Sustainable'

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is a nodal agency of US government that provides funding to partnering countries in the areas of infrastructural development. The agency had been very active in the field of aviation and energy and has also extended their support to the ambitious Smart Cities Mission Project, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. Mehnaz Ansari, Country representative, South Asia, USTDA, talks to Chahat Jain of BW SmartCities about the progress of smart city project in these cities and about the future focus areas of the agency in India. Edited excerpts.

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Pune Smart City Municipal Corporation

Pune has been the biggest achiever in the progress under the smart cities mission, says the AmCham and PwC report titled ‘Snapshot of projects under Lighthouse Smart Cities’. In an interview with Manish Arora of BW SmartCities, Kunal Kumar, Municipal Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation tells us about the progress of Smart City Mission and his vision for the next two years.

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Smart Technology Can Help In Smart Policing

Technology can change the way the police controls crime in a city and can help in its early detection. Deepak Ratan, Inspector General Of Police, Varanasi talks to Manish Arora of BW SmartCities about how by leveraging technology, the state police can prevent and reduce the crime rate in the city. Edited excerpts...

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“We rank much higher in ‘Time taken in according to a Decision’ a new kind of benchmark”

Sikkim being a fortunate state having beautiful tourist destinations and a part of 100 smart cities of India is situated at a strategic location for defence. “We see the existing conditions as an opportunity where we can strengthen the value proposition of the city and provide more economic opportunities to the young entrepreneurs”, said Navin Rai, Joint Chief Town Planner and Nodal Officer, Smart Cities Mission, Sikkim in an exclusive conversation with Chahat Jain of BW SmartCities.

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'UP 100 is now an established platform for providing emergency services of Police'

Policing became smarter in the state of Uttar Pradesh with UP Dial 100, the emergency response management system. The project is jointly implemented by Tech Mahindra and Mahindra Defence Systems to provide integrated emergency services relating to public safety across the State on 24×7 basis. A centralized contact center has been established at Lucknow for receiving all emergency calls directly from across the State, including remote rural areas. The results were encouraging. In about one year of its operation, UP100 provided assistance in more than 42 lakh cases and is currently catering to around 1.2 lakh citizen calls on daily basis. Chahat Jain of BW SmartCities talks to Aditya Mishra, ADG UP-100, about changing police perception in the state.

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Smart Or Not, Everyone Wants A Safe City

Cities are doing everything to become smarter. But, are they paying enough attention to safety as well?

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Trimble Launches its Railway Solutions Portfolio in India

The company is eyeing at providing end-to-end railways lifecycle solutions aimed at transforming Indian Railways and urban metro rail projects in over 20 cities across India.

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Moving Towards A Seamless Payment System

Ahmedabad was amongst the first slot of cities to be selected for the Smart Cities Mission. Ranked at sixth, the city was be-hind Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur Kochi and Surat, however, the recent tag of becoming India’s first heritage city has boosted the enthusiasm of the city officials who are trying their best to maintain the status of India’s first heritage city and at the same time transform it into a smart city. According to Rakesh Shankar, CEO- SPV (Smart City), Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, in the last few months, the city has taken many steps to transform the city. And he feels that with its latest prepaid Jan Mitra card, the city has really taken a smart leap in this direction.

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NDMC installs 15 smart poles in Connaught Place, Delhi

The municipal council has instituted the smart poles in the business and financial centre, Connaught Place in New Delhi. Adding value to the lighting infrastructure in the city, the poles have LED lights and are Wi-Fi enabled.

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Businesses, real estate start feeling impact of automation, artificial intelligence

In a future with an increasingly mobile and flexible workforce, the way in which companies utilize their leased office space will change drastically

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