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Eyeing smart cities, Cisco India pulls its socks up

By Digital Edge Bureau, 12.03.2015, 01:58

Newly constituted Cisco business advisory board to guide and inspire the company on addressing it fully the emerging market opportunities from smart-cities projects

Seeing definitive movements taking place on Prime Minister Shree Narendra Modi resolve for establishing 100 smart cities, Cisco Systems has embarked on a systematic and learned strategy for harnessing the business opportunities the NDA government has brought. For addressing the burgeoning market around Digital India campaign in general and smart-cities projects in particular, the company has constituted a high-power Cisco business advisory board which would give sustained and well informed guidance and strategic support to the networking giant here in India. The whole idea of smart-cities very much rely on fast and efficient network infrastructure where various operations and services are typically automated. Some of the leading industry luminaries including Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairman, Apollo Hospitals; Rajiv Kumar, Former Director General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); GK Pillai, Former Home Secretary, Commerce Secretary, Government of India; Kiran Karnik, Former President, NASSCOM; and R Seshasayee, Executive Vice Chairman, Ashok Leyland have been brought on board the advisory body. While, Anil Menon, President, Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer, Cisco, will serve as the chairman of the India Advisory Board.
“To tap the potential opportunities emerging from the Digital India initiative there is an urgent need to develop a robust ecosystem that would support the development and deployment of technological innovations. Aligned with that vision, Cisco has undertaken a host of projects and pilots which are now materializing. We are extremely pleased with the progress we have made on these initiatives and look forward to doing some exciting work this year”, said Menon of Cisco.
In the meantime, the network infrastructure of the ‘IoT Innovation Hub’ set up in Bengaluru in association with the Electronic City Industrial Association (ELCIA) is ready and Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) companies including many start-ups have begun development and testing and production of electronic product prototypes for an IoT enabled smart city environment. Cisco in association with ELCIA is providing the infrastructure and expertise required to develop IoE solutions and products like smart lighting, environmental sensing, video analytics based safety and surveillance system, license plate recognition, no- parking violation and wrong lane detection among others.
The project is being undertaken as part of the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities concept that places technology at the heart of economic development and better quality of life in modern cities. The focus is on using the network to deploy digitally enabled transportation, healthcare, education, utilities, energy grid and real estate in a digitized India. The project will help further the government’s ‘Make in India’ vision by allowing local manufacturers to design innovative solutions to address domestic demand for electronic hardware and save precious foreign exchange for India.

FIR Kiosks getting huge responses
Encouraged by the positive feedback on the pilot installation of the remote FIR Kiosk at Malleshwaram, the Bengaluru city police has announced that they intend to deploy 100 more kiosks in the city. Installed in November last year, the FIR Kiosk allows citizens to remotely file a police complaint or lodge an FIR without having to go to a police station irrespective of the jurisdiction where the incident has occurred. The ATM-like kiosks will be equipped with a Cisco TelePresence® system with high-definition video and high-quality audio; a touch screen, virtual keyboard and Cisco® collaboration technology, to allow citizens to register a complaint by launching a live collaboration session with a designated police officer in the city.
The success enjoyed by this Remote Expert Government Service (REGS) solution will pave the way for similar public-private partnerships to make next generation citizen services available in India. REGS, a part of the Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities portfolio offers a new way for Government services to be delivered and how citizens interact with various Government departments and officials, in a truly immersive, collaborative experience.

Cisco ties up with Bajaj Electricals for smart street-lights
Cisco has entered into a strategic alliance with consumer durables major Bajaj Electricals to jointly bid for government projects and develop, deploy and promote smart street-lighting solutions. Cisco will manage the software applications and networking aspects such as routers and wireless applications while Bajaj Electricals will focus on advanced LED technology to install and service the street-lights.

Smart city training to Ministry of Urban Development, GoI
Cisco has developed a training module on smart cities for the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. The module has four segments that cover everything from the basics of smart cities, emerging trends and challenges in the segment to the role of technology in smart cities and how advanced, secure networks can help lay the foundation to connect city infrastructure, citizens and businesses. It offers a comprehensive guide to officers, bureaucrats and other stakeholders in the ministry as they action out government’s 100 smart cities vision. The training sessions have been created in the form of high quality videos which will be hosted by Cisco and made available to the ministry in March 2015.


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