Cisco Strengthens Focus on Digital India, Smart City

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 09, 2015

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Cisco has set up an advisory board with experts from different fields to identify areas that can be converted into business opportunities. This is the the company’s only advisory board for a country apart from the US and is aimed at aiding the government’s technology-led projects such as smart cities and Digital India with its expertise in urban planning and security.

The board will be headed by Cisco’s deputy chief globalisation officer, Anil Menon, and includes Kiran Karnik, former Nasscom president; Rajiv Kumar, former Ficci director-general; R Seshasayee, non-executive vice-chairman of Ashok Leyland; Shobana Kamineni, executive vice-chairperson of Apollo Hospitals; and Gopal Krishna Pillai, chairman of Tata International.

“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,” said Anil Menon.

 Cisco announced that a series of initiatives launched in 2014, to enable country transformation and smart cities, have progressed to the next stage of implementation.  

‘IoT Innovation Hub’ in Bengaluru update

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. It is offering 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.

Additional 100 Remote FIR Kiosks will be deployed in Bengaluru

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 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.

Alliance with Bajaj Electricals to deploy 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 module for Ministry of Urban Development

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.

 Cisco entered India in 1995, but its major expansion started in 2006, when the company had set up its globalization centre in Bengalore. The centre houses almost 20 percent of Cisco’s senior executives and the company’s India headcount is 11,000.

“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.