Why develop just one smart city?
India is developing a network of 99 smart cities. A core infrastructure will deliver smart solutions to an urban population of more than 99.6 million, achieving a clean and sustainable environment. This involves an investment of over $27 billion (203,172 Crore Rupees). Already, 1,300 projects are underway.
Seven of India’s smart cities are in Madhya Pradesh, the central province which is home to over 75 million residents. A cloud-based infrastructure project will link those cities to an Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC).
The ICCC also serves as a disaster recovery center. It stores information from city operation centers and provides business intelligence tools to analyze and manage that information. In doing this, it serves as a vital, single source for reliable data.
Smart sensors from across Madya Pradesh bring data to the ICCC in digital, text, audio, or video formats. There it can be correlated for real-time and offline access. GIS-based incidents can be visualized. These capabilities enable intuitive workflow management and support detailed historical recordkeeping and archiving.
The modular, configurable architecture of ICCC applications is adaptable for emerging technologies. Advanced cybersecurity has been built into the design.
Madhya Pradesh is sharing these achievements through international agreements. One recent example is the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Central Florida (UCF). The agreement provides for cooperation on research, academic, and sustainability projects. These are intended to advance smart cities as well as energy technologies.
Related agreements are in-progress. One will be between India’s National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) at UCF. That would train NISE personnel and enable collaborative research. Another agreement would facilitate smart cities collaboration between the City of Orlando and the State of Madhya Pradesh.
An onsite perspective
Having signed the agreement, UCF has already proceeded with the international dialog. Five delegates recently visited Madhya Pradesh. Four were from the university. As Community Representative (and ecoPreserve’s Director of Programs), I was the fifth delegate.
The 10-day UCF delegation visit included a firsthand look at the ICCC, and learning more about projects like these examples being done in Smart Cities Bhopal and Indore:
- Bio Gas Plant
- Bhopal Smart Parking
- Public Bike Sharing System
- Solar City Bhopal
- Smart Pole and Intelligent Streetlight project
- Intelligent Transport Management system
- Bhopal City GIS
- Bhopal Plus APP
- Real-time air quality monitoring
- Safety design improvements to intersections
- Smart parking
- Intelligent Transport System
- Battery-operated e-rickshaw
- 85% built-up to be green buildings
- Rooftop solar power plants generating 25% of energy demand
- Rainwater harvesting and reuse