Forces of Revolution: Smart Cities

India launched its 'Smart City Mission 'with a dream to create 100 smart cities, turning them into competent urban local bodies, and apportioned 480 billion INR in its 2015 Union Budget for this purpose. So far, the government has approved tenders amounting to over INR 1,62,000 Cr under this programme. In the creative minds of the country, the image of a smart city contains a list of things to get of foundation and administrations that depict their degree of goals such as, basic infrastructure, enhancing the quality of life, clean and sustainable environment, and set examples that can be replicated to enhance the creation of more smart cities.

The first lot of the NDA government's Smart Cities Mission aims to develop 100 citizen-friendly and self-sustainable urban settlements, which can be measurable when the primary 20 of them are completed. Under the mission, the setting up integrated command-and-control centres (ICCCs) for each city is a vital step. The ICCCs are designed to enable authorities watch the status of varied civic amenities in real-time.

Cutting-edge Developments in the Smart City Plan
  • 5G Facility - The concept of 5G is lined up to rule the year 2020 with some big guns of the telecomm industry such as Verizon, Nokia, Ericsson, AT&T, and many more. The emerging 5G technology offers many key benefits in creating smart cities such as delivery and performance guarantees, greater bandwidth, adaptability, energy efficiency, and real-time capabilities.
  • Blockchain- In 2020, blockchain technology is used beyond payments and crypto currencies. It is already integrated in some smart city initiatives like intellectual property and royalties, food safety, and real estate asset management.
  • Smart Infrastructure Construction- The Smart City Mission aims to carry out operations through the use of IoT and ICT devices. The construction of infrastructure will be done in a way that supports the use of IoT or ICT devices.
Recent Announcements in Smart City Projects

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on February 1 2020, announced that the government will develop five new smart cities under the Smart Cities initiative . These five new smart cities will be full-fledged new development like Gujarat International Tec-City (GIFT City), Special Economic Zones, etc. Smart City Mission (SCM) has been allocated INR 6,450 crore in 2019-20, which is 5% higher than the revised estimates of 2018-19.

Effect of COVID - 19 on Smart City Mission

States such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh have altered the smart cities' turned command-and-control centres (ICCCs) into war rooms for real-time observation and monitoring of coronavirus disease (Covid-19)-affected regions across the country. The war rooms are also being used for tracking people under quarantine and suspected Covid-19 cases. The Smart Cities Mission technology is leveraged to collaborate with doctors to provide online medical consultation facilities to the people.

Although the Smart Cities projects have gotten delayed thanks to paucity of funds, some cities are showing their determination to fight against Covid-19 . Agra has been at the forefront of this development. Awarded the best smart city tag in pan-India rankings, the city supervision has been working with Gaia, a SaaS startup to leverage its Smart Feedback technology and Microsoft's Azure platform to track Covid-19 cases.

MSS Payments doing its bit in the Smart City Project

MSS Payments has stepped ahead in making India a smarter India. The company has partnered with many organizations to roll out an application which connects everything into a single platform be it hotel reservations, city tour, smart pay and much more. They have successfully completed smart city projects in Udaipur, Jaipur and Ajmer. MSS's solution enable on the go payments and connected commerce solutions, banking high on omni- channel assessibility, rich data tools and IOT capabilities. We provide support for payments through both EMV based open-loop (Payments that can be made at most retail outlets using international standards) and closed loop (It only works with specific retailers usually based on proprietary technology) architecture.

MSS Payments is doing its bit in a lot more in this field.

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