Cisco Inks IoT Deal With IL&FS For Smart Cities
Enterprise giant Cisco has tied up with IL&FS Technologies to jointly develop digital solutions for the Narendra Modi-government’s ambitious smart cities program. The project aims to connect 100 urban bodies to provide a range of citizen services with the help of technology. According to Cisco, the Internet of Things (IoT) has a large role to play in the development of future smart cities.
“India is ready to be digitized. Our focus in the coming years is going to be on capturing this opportunity. By 2016, there will be 526 million Internet users in India,” said Dinesh Malkani, president (India & SAARC), Cisco India. He added that by 2018, there will be 1.5 billion networked devices in the country.
According to the partnership, the companies will jointly develop Internet of Everything (IoE)-based digital solutions to pursue opportunities in the infrastructure sector and smart cities in India. “The partnership is a collaboration between Cisco’s vision of IoE, which is the intelligent connection of people, processes, data, and things, and IL&FS’ deep expertise in infrastructure development in India along with ITL’s excellent technology services capabilities,” Cisco India and SAARC President (Sales) Dinesh Malkani said at a recent Cisco summit.
The Government plans to develop 100 smart cities by 2022, which has allocated Rs. 7,060 crore for developing these cities. The department of electronics and IT (DeitY) also recently released the draft policy on Internet of Things(IoT). In September this year, Cisco had unveiled a “smart city” prototype to demonstrate how smart networks can play a vital role in areas such as education, healthcare, work and electronic delivery of citizen services, showcasing the future of smart and connected communities in India.
At the recent Infocom Kolkata 2014, Angshik Chaudhuri, Executive Director, Globalization, Cisco Systems India said, “Cities are growing at the rate of 10,000 people per hour even as we accelerate toward a world with more connected devices.” He believes for every device connected to the Internet, 10 more will join it in the near future. “In such a scenario, the IoT has a large role to play in future smart cities,” he said.
Rajarshi Sengupta, Senior Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India noted at the event, smart cities are not just about smart systems and technologies; they are a combination of digital, business and civic innovation. “It is the new data platforms, business models and engagement models that are creating city-wide digital ecosystems.”
According to Malkani, some of the solutions that will be jointly developed will focus on urban services and smart city infrastructure solutions such as traffic and transportation, public safety and security, command and control services and e-governance. The company will also focus on high-end urban services like parking, lighting, traffic and citizen engagement services built on top of Cisco’s City Infrastructure Management.
IL&FS Technologies Ltd (ITL), a technology solutions arm of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) is a key partner in the process. As ITL Chairman Prem Saigal noted, “Our collaboration with Cisco will bring the power of the IoE to greenfield and brownfield cities, communities and rural communities in India. Together we can enable digital solutions for the most essential citizen services such as healthcare and education.”
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