Now, the actions walk the talks. The Modi Government’s pet project of transforming 100 cities into smart cities takes a definitive momentum forward when the networking and compute major in Cisco Systems gets involved in the colossal task of converting Jaipur into a connected smart city. Cisco Systems’ involvement gives a reassuring and strong signal to the country about the seriousness of the present political dispensation for transforming 100 Indian cities and urban settlements into intrusively connected smart cities with typical attributes covering areas such as town planning, transportation, utilities (water and power), civic chores, education, healthcare, traffic control, police, prison, video surveillance, and parking.
The formal tie up has been solemnized between Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) and Cisco Systems where the later would create scalable, secured and reliable IT infrastructure with robust connectivity provisions which would help transform the historical city into a top rung smart city. Cisco carries a plethora of experience in deploying hybrid architecture of high quality and credible connectivity resources combing both wired and wireless technologies. In recent time, the company executed similar brownfield projects in Spain (Barcelona) and Germany (Hamburg).
“Jaipur is one of the most historic and culturally rich cities in the country, and at close to 300 years old also one of the oldest. This initiative will be an amalgamation where the old meets the new that will not only improve the lives of citizens, but will also make Jaipur a smart city showcase for the millions of visitors who visit India every year. We’re happy to have Cisco on board for this transformative project and are certain that we will benefit from the experience and expertise Cisco brings through the numerous smart city projects they have undertaken globally”, Shikhar Agarwal, Commissioner of Jaipur Development Authority.
The smart city project would strive to set up the digital infrastructure to offer citizens amenities including connected transport, interactive kiosks, wireless broadband, safety and security services, traffic management and environmental updates. The JDA will install an urban platform of sensors which allows for the sharing of information, giving added value to citizens. The authority will also set up a command & control centre as well as a response control room to manage the city with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
“We’re excited to work with JDA to help enable a city as historic as Jaipur become one of the first and most ambitious city-wide brownfield smart city projects in India. We have pioneered the concept of smart cities through our Smart+Connected Communities and have the experience of working on similar brownfield projects in Barcelona and Hamburg. We look forward to working closely with the Jaipur Development Authority and bring in the best practices and learnings to help develop Jaipur as a world-class smart city”, said Purushottam Kaushik, Managing Director, Sales, Growth Verticals, Cisco India & SAARC.
Indeed, for a city having 3.5 milion residents, and which attract 40 million tourist every year, the news of definitive plans for converting it into a smart city brings a great sense of joy and empowerment.