Cisco unveils ‘Cisco Smart City’ as model for Digital India

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities September 24, 2014 14:10

Cisco unveils ‘Cisco Smart City’ as model for Digital India

In line with its commitment to collaborate with the government in its vision of a Digital India, Cisco yesterday announced the ‘Cisco Smart City’ as a blueprint for the future of smart and connected communities in India.

The Cisco Smart City, unveiled along with the announcement of the next phase of the company’s India site, symbolizes what the digitization of a country means for the future of work, education, healthcare and the electronic delivery of citizen services. Mr. R Chandrashekhar, President, The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM); Shri. Srivatsa Krishna, Secretary to the Government Dept. of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka; Cisco’s Executive Vice President for Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer, Wim Elfrink and President, Cisco India & SAARC, Dinesh Malkani inaugurated the Cisco Smart City.

As part of the inauguration, Cisco demonstrated the possibilities of the government’s Digital India program where infrastructure would be offered as a utility to every citizen, governance and services would be on demand and citizens would be digitally empowered. Using the Internet of Everything, Cisco showcased how connected education, connected healthcare, smart buildings, connected transport and smart parking can transform the way cities and communities are designed, built and renewed to ensure economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Spread over 2.6 million square feet, and designed as a campus-as-a-city for thousands of Cisco employees to work, play and learn, the Cisco Smart City is a spectacular showcase of how a pervasive physical network infrastructure can easily connect to devices (such as sensors, information access points and mobile devices) and with a high degree of security. The Cisco Smart City also demonstrated how intelligent networks could enable digitally empowered citizens through the availability of government services in real time, online and on mobile platforms.

During the launch, Cisco highlighted its collaboration globally with smart cities such as Barcelona, Spain, and showcased how Cisco and Barcelona Council have helped transform the city into a blueprint for sustainable urban development. The city of Canberra, the capital city of Australia, described the role of Cisco’s technologies in achieving the city’s digital strategy. The faculty and the students of R.V. College of Engineering in Bangalore displayed the role of technology, in the future of education, by showing how two-way video communications can broaden classroom experiences allowing students from any location to be connected in real-time with teachers, experts and other students.

Based on Cisco’s larger vision of Smart+Connected Communities which enables transformation of physical communities into connected communities, today the company’s roster of 90 global greenfield and brownfield Smart+Connected Communities projects include the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor in India, where Cisco is developing the ICT master plan for four pilot cities in the $90 billion flagship public sector infrastructure project.

In 2013, CII & Cisco released a report titled ‘Smart City in Indian Context’ which stated that India faced a shortage of 600,000 doctors, 1 million nurses and 1.2 million teachers in government schools. The Digital India program of the government is focused on the digital empowerment of citizens by enabling broadband in villages, universal phone connectivity, public internet access points, public Wi-Fi in schools and universities, digital inclusion, electronic delivery of governance and services, and job creation. Cisco’s Smart City is a glimpse into the future of what will be possible in a Digital India.

The Cisco Smart City, with LEED® Platinum Certified buildings, has also been designed to showcase the future of work – a future that is not just about connected devices, but also about when and where people work, and how companies can foster creativity, collaboration and productivity in the workplace. The Cisco Smart City allows the company’s employees, customers and partners to experience what’s possible when you realize the true potential of the Internet of Everything and digitize companies, cities and countries.

Wim Elfrink, Cisco Executive Vice President for Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer:“Cities are growing at the rate of 10,000 people per hour even as we accelerate toward a world with more connected devices. For every two people connected around the globe, there are 5 others who soon will be. And for every device connected to the Internet, 10 more will join it in the near future. Through the Internet of Everything, we can help countries, cities and communities embrace sustainable urban development and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. We believe that the Cisco Smart City in Bangalore can be a model for smart cities not just in India but around the world. For government leaders thinking about the delivery of citizen services or for companies thinking about how to be ready for the future of work, the Cisco Smart City presents a blueprint on how to be relevant.”

Dinesh Malkani, President, India and SAARC: “We are very excited about the government’s vision of a Digital India and the creation of smart cities. We want to collaborate with the government on its vision of digitally empowered citizens and believe that the Cisco Smart City is a great showcase of how the government can deliver governance and services to citizens digitally, build broadband highways, enable digital inclusion and deliver information for all. The foundation for a Digital India will be intelligent networks which will transform the delivery of citizen services from transportation, utilities and security to entertainment, education, and healthcare. The Cisco Smart City and the announcement of the next phase of our expansion of the Cisco India site underline our commitment to deepening our presence in India and helping transform the way citizens in a Digital India will live, work, play and learn.”

Mr. R Chandrashekhar, President, The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM): ” Rapid urbanisation brings with it a new set of challenges. More so, when the current infrastructure likes transportation, power, water and waste management are already overburdened. Technology will play an integral and key role in addressing these challenges. This presents new vistas of opportunity for the entire IT ecosystem and an opportunity to work cohesively with the government to help transform India. Cisco’s Smart City is a great working example of how technology companies can help the government better appreciate and leverage the role of technology in tackling these infrastructure challenges and help realize its larger vision of a Digital India.”

Gopalakrishnan.P, Director & Head- Asia Pacific and Middle East, U.S. Green Building Council: “Cisco has been a longstanding leader of the global green building movement and USGBC applauds their efforts to work with Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and his bold and forward-thinking plan to build 100 smart cities in India. Here in India, all Cisco’s buildings have gone on to pursue LEED Platinum, our highest level of achievement. They are a natural partner to work with the new government towards creating world-class, highly-performing cities that deliver value to its citizens and to the planet.”

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities September 24, 2014 14:10