100 smart cities – In India all states will have at least one smart city – The Billions in Change movement –Narender Modi app – also a citizen engagement platform.
Welcome to the 36th episode of Digital India Podcast on FIR Podcast Network. This show is ‘Weekly Updates’ brought to you by staff and students of Web Marketing Academy.
“India’s Smart Cities & IoT – Made for each other”
What is the IoT?
The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices…that’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion).
What is a smart city?
From Wikipedia, A smart city uses information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to improve contact between citizens and government.
What are the smart cities of the world?
Barcelona is the World’s Smartest City 2015. Barcelona has been named ‘Global Smart City 2015’, prevailing over New York (USA),London (UK), Nice (France) and Singapore.
What are India’s smart cities?
PM Modi had announced his vision to set up 100 smart cities across the country. The 100 smart cities mission intends to promote adoption of smart solutions for efficient use of available assets, resources and infrastructure.
All states will have at least one smart city. The cities are expected to have:
a decent quality of life
a clean and sustainable environment
assured water and electricity supply
sanitation and solid waste management
efficient urban mobility and public transport
robust IT connectivity
e-governance and citizen participation (public information, grievance redressal, electronic service delivery, citizens’ engagement)
safety and security of citizens
waste to energy & fuel, waste to compost, 100% treatment of waste water
smart meters & management, monitoring water quality
renewable source of energy, efficient energy and green building
smart parking, intelligent traffic management system
These cities are: Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Pune (Maharashtra), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Surat (Gujarat), Kochi (Kerala), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Sholapur (Maharashtra), Davangere (Karnataka), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC, Delhi), Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Belagavi (Karnataka), Udaipur (Rajasthan), Guwahati (Assam), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Ludhiana (Punjab), and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh).
Know more here: The 100 Smart Cities of India.
Links to resources and tools mentioned
The India Smart Cities Challenge is a competition designed to inspire and support municipal officials as they develop smart proposals to improve residents’ lives. Cities will compete in the first round – with the best proposals receiving funding from the Ministry of Urban Development.
Recommended top apps you must have:
Narender Modi app – The mobile app will keep users updated about news related to PM’s office, his messages to citizens and his talks on his radio show “Mann ki Baat”. Ministry of External Affairs app – Users can read press releases, Lok Sabha activities, tender notifications and even access passport services through the app.
Govt. of India Calendar 2015 – calendar of govt. offices.
Incredible India app – The users can use location based services for information on the place they are visiting and also plan their itineraries on the app.
Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan – The app lets users create a profile and take up challenges pertaining to cleanliness in particular areas.
Mygov App – a citizen engagement platform and citizens can log in and share their suggestions, feedbacks and ideas with central ministries and other government institutions.
IRCTC app – With one-step login for existing users, journey alerts, saved passenger details and cancelling tickets, the app has made train reservations much easier.
mPassport Seva app – this app aims at providing all passport related information and services to citizens.
You can also track the progress of your passport application and other details.
RTI India app – Although not an official government app, it is a very useful app for RTI activists and already has about 4,00,000 users. You can read blogs on RTI, get instant help on your RTI and also upload images and videos related to RTIs using your phone’s camera.
Moovit App – Learn about bus facilities, map your destination, find alternative transport options.
Available in 750 countries and expanding.
Himmat – an app for women safety from the IT Centre Police Head Quarter .
Billions in Change is a movement to save the world by creating and implementing solutions to the most basic global problems – water, energy and health. Doing so will raise billions of people out of poverty and improve the lives of everyone – rich and poor. Catch the trailer video here.
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