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Honeywell playing vital role in Smart Cities development

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Honeywell’s products and solutions are at work in 150 million homes and 10 million buildings worldwide, giving customers the ability to capture more and better data faster and across the wireless landscape, improve productivity, safety, and security, drive better decision-making, and reduce costs, says Aseem Joshi, Regional General Manager, Honeywell Building Solutions, India, in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).

What kind of smart solutions is Honeywell providing for Smart Cities in India?

Honeywell is playing a defining role in the building of smart cities in India with a focus on people, process and technology. Honeywell has emerged as an established ‘thought leader’ with its dedicated team of subject matter experts who share knowledge around technology and policies. This team of experts is continuously sharing the best practices on what could enable government in building smart cities, which are aligned with India’s demographics and ambition to provide ease of living to its citizens.

Our products and solutions are at work in 150 million homes and 10 million buildings worldwide, giving customers the ability to capture more and better data faster and across the wireless landscape, improve productivity, safety, and security, drive better decision-making, and reduce costs.
Honeywell’s building management systems are involved in Delhi airport project, enhancing safety, security and comfort for more than 36 million passengers each year and in Kolkata airport for more than 10 million passengers each year. We are enabling cities like Ujjain, Bhubaneswar, and Aurangabad, with state of the art surveillance solutions to help build the foundation of a better life. We want to reach out to the farthest corners of the country, equipping them with smart solutions, and help them improve the overall quality of life.

For which cities have you provided ICT solutions? Explain a few.

Honeywell Building Solutions is engaged with 14 cities in India to make them smart and secure including Bhubaneshwar, Aurangabad, and 11 cities in Madhya Pradesh.

It is also helping Odisha Police with a city-wide surveillance system that helps boost security, prevent crimes, maintain law and order, and control traffic in the State’s capital city. Around 114 closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) cameras have been installed at 28 strategic locations in the city, including high-traffic junctions. Cameras and digital video recorders have also been installed on police vehicles.

The same assignment has been undertaken by Honeywell in Madhya Pradesh, covering 11 cities where Honeywell has helped the police department in city surveillance and emergency response technology during Simhasth, Kumbh. In total, 667 video cameras were installed across 134 locations in the city. The project covered traffic and crowd management at checking bays, ghats, temples, and ashrams.

During the event, the command and control room gathered real-time data to help authorities react to any incident and monitor areas with disturbance alert.

The Honeywell project in Aurangabad consisted of a network of 30 locations, including the installation of 30 fixed cameras, 10 pan-tilt-zoom cameras, 10 180 D-directional cameras, a CCTV control room, and monitoring centre. The results enabled real-time checking and control on traffic violators, crimes and thefts, which enabled Aurangabad to become safer and more secure.

Kumbh Mela, Ujjain, 2016 was a big successful event of the Madhya Pradesh Government. How was Honeywell involved in this project?

Honeywell has successfully completed a city-wide installation of surveillance and emergency response technology in Ujjain to support the Madhya Pradesh Police Department’s work in crime prevention, traffic and crowd management during the Simhastha Kumbh.

The Simhastha Kumbh is among the world’s largest holy gatherings that attracted approximately 70 million devotees this year, challenging the city’s resources to effectively maintain safety and security.

Ujjain’s city-wide surveillance project covered all major checking bays connected to the city with integrated closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) and automatic number plate reading cameras (ANPR) using a command and control centre, which integrates the emergency response and traffic management system for the Madhya Pradesh Police Department.

The cameras supporting ANPR technology recognised the number plates of suspicious vehicles against the police department’s pre-loaded data in the system and helped in counting vehicles from various checking bays. Facial recognition cameras facilitated identification of people on the police department’s alert list against their pre-loaded images in the system.

As part of the project, 667 video cameras were installed for the Simhastha Kumbh event at the Mahakaal Temple, and at 134 locations around the city. The project covered traffic and crowd management at checking bays, ghats, temples, and ashrams. During the event, the system gathered real-time data to help authorities react to any incident and monitor areas with high disturbance. Cisco, the networking partner for Madhya Pradesh city surveillance project, helped Honeywell manage and process huge volumes of video data on its platform.

What kind of new solutions are you planning to launch soon?

Honeywell continues to invest in advanced technologies such as integrated digital video manager which integrates closed-circuit televisions, automatic number plate recognition cameras, red-light violation detection systems and advanced video analytics, and a unified command and control center, which integrates the emergency response and traffic management systems, and is uniquely positioned to support India’s 100 smart cities mission.

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