Urban mobility and social safety are key themes at fifth-annual India smart cities summit

SM@RT URBANATION has emerged as a platform for the Indian government and various stakeholders to have dialogue and derive ways to strengthen urban infrastructure. In its fifth year, the summit showcases the latest technologies and real-world solutions that help transform cities into livable, workable and sustainable cities. — Pratap Padode, Smart Cities Council India (SCCI)

India’s newly-found tech hub, Telangana, recently hosted SM@RT URBANATION, bringing together more than 1,500 delegates, 50 industry speakers, 40 start-ups and 150 exhibitors. The speakers debated and deliberated on the various opportunities and pertinent solutions with regards to smart cities.

The conference was inaugurated by R Roshan Baig, Minister for Infrastructure, Urban Development, Information and Haj, Government of Karnataka. During his address, he said, “Technology plays a major role in improving our lives. We need to build more roads and develop infrastructure to cater to the growing urban population.” He feels that along with infrastructure, emphasis needs to be made on improving urban mobility and ensuring social safety.

The keynote address was given by B Janardhan Reddy, Municipal Commissioner, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

Product portfolio
The two-day convention and expo witnessed many startups and big players showcasing their ideas on sustainability, which can be used in a smart city ecosystem.

Appliance maker Crompton showcased its smart streetlight solutions that allow intelligent dimming, ease of maintenance, energy monitoring and saving, real-time fault detection and many other features. All nodes on street light controllers will be able to communicate with each other wirelessly or through the power line communication. Lighting data for every fixture will be accessible through a web-based interface.

Mumbai-based Bigparkin, which offers smart parking consultation, parking management, smart parking app and other services, plans to introduce electric vehicles along the metro rail stations for last-mile connectivity.

Think Phi showcased car shades that can generate power with embedded solar panels. The power can be used for small appliances, mobile charging and others. A 4X4 m unit will cost Rs 1.2 lakh.

Mumbai-based Wild West Media had put up a demo unit of its Swachh Bharat recycling machine, which helps reduce landfill by shredding plastic bottles and tins. A pilot project was done earlier at the Hyderabad International Airport, and now the company plans to install 10 such machines at the airport, which is also one of the busiest airports in India.

Panel discussions
Seven panel sessions spread across two days addressed some critical issues relevant to smart cities implementation. The discussions revolved around implementation of intelligent transportation system for smarter mobility; smart utilities, a new paradigm of city planning; financing smart city projects through bonds and PPP; e-governance empowering citizens; challenges in developing greenfield cities; energy storage and renewable energy integration along with energy-efficient lighting solutions and smart solar rooftop; and examining various alternatives available in water recycling and reuse. Amid the sessions, special addresses and keynote speeches were delivered from leading companies. These included Tomtom; Gensler, Chicago; Open Data Manchester, UK; NASSCOM; DMICDC; Mindteck; Fluentgrid; and Delta Power Solutions.

Smart Cities Award
The first category - Best SPV CEO Award - recognized SPV CEOs who contributed to the successful transformation of cities. The winner of the ‘Best SPV CEO Award’ was based on popularity – the number of votes they received from citizens! A ‘Vote-for-your-SPV-CEO’ campaign was conducted and citizens voted enthusiastically based on their city’s progress and their own satisfaction quotient. Nagarajan, CEO, Surat Smart City SPV, won the most popular SPV CEO award.

In a quest to encourage urban local bodies, SCCI facilitates the Smart Project Awards. This award, backed by stringent methodology and well-qualified jury members, aimed at finding the project that delivered the strongest benefit to citizens. These projects were to have been completed either through the SPV program or through municipal corporation. The selection process of the winners in the Smart Project category was highly transparent with an expert jury panel. Deloitte was the knowledge partner.

The start-up wave is incredibly robust in India, with newer and more innovative offerings hitting the market, thanks to our creative geniuses! SCCI’s Start-Up Innovation Hub Awards is meant for those startups that have created the most innovative solutions for cities. Powered by NASSCOM 10000 Startups, this award was vetted by an eminent jury, to select the top three winners! Moreover, the best selected start-up company, Gayam Motor Works, now has the opportunity to present its award-winning Solution at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley or CommunicAsia 2018 in Singapore!

At the occasion Padode stated, “The most popular City CEO award was a closely fought contest and Surat, Vadodara, Gwalior and Bhopal Smart City SPV CEOs have won this amidst tremendous competition. City development has to be a citizen-centric process and these awards help address the preference of citizens all over the country.”

The awards were presented by Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Ministry of IT, Industries & Commerce, Government of Telangana, and Nalini Atul, Joint Managing Director, KUIDFC, Government of Karnataka. Speaking at the occasion Ranjan lauded the efforts of SCCI and said, “We would like to support all smart technologies, which offer efficient solutions for improving the lives of citizens and offer an ecosystem at areas such as Cyberabad, and we urge SCCI to set up a ‘Smart Area’ around Cyberabad with companies that demonstrate such solutions for city planners to visit and experience.”

The winners
2018 Most Popular SPV CEO Award

  • Winner: M Nagarajan, CEO, Surat Smart City
  • Runner Up: Mahip Tejaswi, CEO, Gwalior Smart City
  • Runner Up: Prakash Solanki, CEO, Vadodara Smart City
  • Runner Up: Chandramauli Shukla, CEO, Bhopal Smart City

2018 Smart Project Awards

  • Citizen Service Delivery: Surat Smart City Development
  • Smart Solid Waste Management: Vijaywada Municipal Corporation
  • Smart Transportation: Surat Smart City Development
  • Smart Public Safety: Vadodara Municipal Corporation

2018 Smart Project Awards - Honorable Mention

  • Smart Solid Waste Management: Tadipatri Municipality
  • Smart Transportation: Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation

2018 Innovation Hub Awards

  • Winner: Gayam Motor Works
  • 1st Runner Up: Zyme Technologies
  • 2nd Runner Up: OCEO Water