SMART City – How much is it really?
A smart city is a designation given to a city that incorporates information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance the quality and performance of urban services such as energy, transportation and utilities in order to reduce resource consumption, wastage and overall costs. (Technopedia)
Does our city “elicit” smartness?
Does apart from being the cleanest city in India, it have anything more?
Yesterday I was invited to a very much needed seminar on IBMS and IOT in SMART Cities and I was expecting the usual drawl of what all are done or can be done, however I was really surprised. While each of the speakers did talk about what all is being presently done in this sector, they also pointed out the practicalities and why implementation is taking a long time to get into the execution and beyond. Having not much prior exposure to IBMS and IOT, I was afraid I would not be able to follow, however, they made it all so easy to understand and so great to update.
SMART means: Specific / Measurable / Achievable / Realistic and Time-Bound.
Some of the takeaways from the session were:
- Emerging technologies are good but have their own set of challenges in terms of up-gradations and serviceability.
- Buildings have to be SMART from the inception for then only it is possible to embed all the systems in place. AI (Artificial Intelligence) also helps in dealing with the problems in setup at this stage itself leading to better buildings and greater connectivity. Big Data / Data Center establishment too is an essential component of SMART City.
- The city planners, architects, engineers, system developers and coordinators all have to work together to make it possible for the city to be SMART.
- The parameters by which one can actually judge whether the city is taking up all the key factors into priority and ascertaining whether the benchmarks have been fulfilled or not with the aid of Smart Cities Wheel
- IBMS (Integrated Building Management Systems) and IOT (Internet of Things) are very essential to make inroads into Secure Smart Cities. The combination of both can level up the way we build our cities
- Of top priorities should be hospitals, schools, colleges, learning institutes, fire station, police station and utilities station which must be brought under the IBMS and IOT framework.
- IOT+AI = IQT – The benefits of IOT and AI integration leads to better human responses to life and situations
- Openness in the system is very vital to foster “Building Intelligence” leading to better outcomes in terms of boosting the smart city capabilities.
- SMART Cities are so enabled as to give back to the citizens lots of time and value to the tune of 60 hrs payback in mobility, 35 hrs in public safety, 9 hrs in healthcare and 21 hrs in productivity thereby contributing to the rise in Happiness Index.
- Awareness is the need of the hour and citizens should also be involved into the understanding of the concepts as much as the planners and builders are.
I felt happy to be part of the key learning that I was able to take back home from this seminar. I also regret that this should be of interest to the citizens who would really do with awareness and contribute their ideas – for after all who knows what they want better than the people who live in this city?