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Smart Cities: Creating High-Tech Urban Infrastructure

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  S K Joshi,
Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban
Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh

In India, 2001 census says that 70 percent population in coming future is going to become urbanized. Hence we can take steps to make our cities smarter by analyzing the errors, which we made in the past. Smart cities must be more and more energy efficient and citizen friendly. Ensuring the safety of people which are living in cities becomes important. Technology can really help in ensuring the citizen centricity and can make our cities safer.

  Suresh Yadav,
Officer on Special Duty to the
President, President’s Secretariat,
Rashtrapati Bhavan

Technology is really as essential as the three utilities- water, gas and electricity. We have started variousinitiatives like issuance of Smart ID cards to the residents with the RFID for smart monitoring, entry and exit in the President’s Estate. We have also launched of e-Management of Visitors System (e-MVS) for citizens to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

 kramakrishnarao K Ramakrishna Rao,
Director General & Executive Director,
Centre for Good Governance, Government
of Andhra Pradesh

Centre for Good Governance (CGG)undertakes action research, provides advice, and conducts change management programmes for government departments and agencies to help them implement their reform agenda successfully. We are involved in delivery of services by providing backend solutions.

  Naval Khosla,
Client Solutions Professional Manager,
IBM Software Industry Solutions, India

South AsiaWe are working on the concept of smarter cities for last five years. IBM has undertaken various initiatives in the area of operations, transportations,and water. We are working with many governments and cities across the globe. IBM has solutions which improve operational efficiency within each of
these sectors.

 manishkhanna Manish Khanna, National Head – Government Business, Motorola

Motorola enables Mobile workers with Rugged Hand held devices that can access, enter data and complete tasks right from the field thereby increasing productivity & efficiency through Workforce obility. Motorola has successfully initiated traffic management system called as e-Challans. It enables Law Enforcement Agencies to capture standard citation data like a paper Traffic Ticket electronically and transmit that data via a GPRS connection to a Central Server. Biometric Identity Management solution
can be used to determine any person’s previous arrest records.

 sanjayjaju Sanjay Jaju,
Secretary, Information Technology & Communications
Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh

Information Technology has transformed our lives in a big way. If there was single biggest game changer in the past 30 years, then it would be surely Information Technology. It is also not exaggeration to say that information technology has also changed urban lives. Right from running traffic signal to running metro lines, from water supply lines run through micro processor, IT has played a very important role.

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