Smart Cities is an important element of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Digital India initiative. While we are already seeing an influx of technology giants in India, smart cities, however, remains a rather challenging mission. At BGR India’s ongoing IOT India 2020 event, experts from different sectors shed light on the potential of smart cities, current status of the mission and how can we actually leverage the new push from global and Indian companies, public sector and more importantly the government. The discussion also touched on role of smart devices in our lives. Also Read - IFA 2020: Realme launches a 55-inch 4K Smart TV, wireless headphones with ANC, and more
The speakers were of the opinion that a smart city is that, which brings in convenience to one’s lives via a degree of automation. Some of the examples shared were scenarios where sensors installed at traffic signals can automatically detect the number of vehicles and adjust the signal timings. Other examples include sensors in rivers to collect sanitary and meteorological data, or sensors at home to monitor energy consumption. Also Read - Realme Link app announced for its upcoming IoT products
While an idea of a smart city sounds great, there are many challenges to achieve the target. One of the major issues with becoming a smart city is the socio-economic fabric of the country. While on paper there is a framework set by Modi’s government to make a smart city, in reality cities are not able to fulfill all requirements, and only trying to fit as much as possible. Also Read - Puma gaming shoes launched for $160; offer multiple 'gaming modes'
There is also the issue with the citizens themselves. Not only do the economic factors come into play while trying to own such systems, but for a truly smart city an automated and non-intrusive systems is needed to be in place. One of the conclusions was requirement for a holistic approach towards the Smart Cities. Panelists were of the view that the Internet of Things should be used as a strategy in the context of Smart Cities.
Evidently, IoTs has to play a key role in driving the smart cities. While there are several opportunities that are going to benefit across businesses and users, there are plenty of challenges as well.