Govt Leverages Real-time Analytics To Build Smarter Cities

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 14, 2014

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The Central government is working towards building a “Digital India” where innovation, research and technology will play a major role, so as to deliver its vision of transforming India into a superpower,” said Dr Arvind Gupta, National Head, Information and Technology, Bharatiya Janata Party. He elaborated the need to focus on leveraging IT to build Smarter Cities in India and to empower, connect and bind Indian citizens with the help of technology. Gupta emphasized his views during an address on Urban Matters at the SAP Forum for Public Services in New Delhi, August 13, 2014.

“Today, citizens want effective delivery of services, improved governance and transparency in the functioning of big, complex and constantly changing cities,” said Gupta.

The recently concluded General Elections 2014 was a clear example of how the winning political party leveraged SAP Social Media Analytics to help uncover and extract emotions, behaviors and sentiments of Indian citizens to gain insights and engage with the citizens for their successful campaign.

“Challenged by rapid urbanization and rising population density, Indian cities need new models for sustainable growth, risk mitigation, resource management and financial restraint,” said Mathew Thomas, Vice President - Strategic Industries, SAP India. “Our government’s vision echoes SAP’s interest in helping build a strong foundation for inclusive, effective and transparent government.” he added.

In a recent interview with Deccan Chronicle, BJP Lok Sabha MP and a national general secretary of the party, Varun Gandhi also mentioned, “Smart cities have typically been science fiction. It is about automating certain utility functions, building urban systems that can be monitored, analysed and improved upon to lead to better efficiency, equity and quality of life for the citizens. He had also stressed that the government is and will continue to provide broadband at subsidised rates in order to help drive a knowledge economy.

Gandhi believes creating intelligent systems can help improve its built environment, monitor energy usage, provide personalised health and human service, ensure full spectrum public safety and security with integrated transport system while conserving and treating water.”

To ensure these functions are automated, accessible and inclusive, the need of the hour is to have a strong ICT backbone that leverages social media and analytics to engage and empower citizens. Gupta added that he believes that the power of real time analytics can bring the required transformation in handling a range of urban issues from Smart Utilities and Traffic Management.