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Chris Gibson: India can leapfrog from technology perspective

Greater Noida: By 2050, there would be more than 10 billion people in the world. How does the society manage the numerous challenges associated with population growth? Today, around 20-30% of the population lives in cities in India; by 2030, that number would grow to 40%. The Indian government has recognized this challenge and has initiated the smart cities program. But, how do you start to make that happen? And let’s not forget that the budgets available with the cities are stretched. So, how can a city provide more services with less funding in the future?

He said, “Citizens have a great expectation from the immediacy of the information. Mobile devices have changed the way citizens can interact with government and vice versa. The advantage available with the developing nations like India is that you can leapfrog from a technology process.”

Gibson’s vision of the cities of the future includes 3D plans of the city that can help emergency services like the firemen. He also gunned for 3D cadastral models as they can help the city officials in taxation. To do this, augmented reality technologies like Microsoft HoloLens can come in handy.

Gibson said that the keys to successful smart cities include collaboration between authorities, business and citizens; collaboration between city professionals, technology and service providers; and great vision, leadership, governance and execution will enable smart cities.

Explaining the essential elements of a smart city, Gibson talked about digital technologies, which comprise of connectivity for information sharing, smart sensors and systems, and open data access. Moreover, collaboration and engagement is also necessary, especially between the citizens, the government and the industry. Breaking the silos and agency cohesion are just as important as processing transparency. Apart from that smart infrastructure is also vital. It is made up of energy, water, transportation, building, health, education, sustainability, efficiency, and secure and open data sharing.

Source: Our correspondent