In April, Microsoft had announced its plans to develop Surat as a smart city. Under its CityNext initiative, the company plans to use a combination of cloud technology, mobile applications and social data to provide real-time data of civil services for sustainable growth.
Antrix and Scanpoint will help the SMC in mapping the whole city to aid town planning and create maps of diseases prone areas etc, which could be accessed by architects and town planners. Microsoft is expected to soon submit a detailed report on the specific civil services that the company will tap as part of the initiative.
Before Microsoft starts working on the smart city initiative, it requires approval by the standing committee of the SMC. It will gather data about eight pertinent city domains concerning utilities and services and is estimated to submit a report next week. Once submitted, the detailed report by Microsoft will be subject to SMC’s standing committee’s approval; and post which the software technology major is expected to begin work on the smart city initiative.
Source: Business Standard