A Better World - Volume 5

[ ] 42 researchers, innovators and city administrators, an open data portal (smartcities.data.gov.in ) has been developed under the SCM that provides open access to the enormous data avail- able from 100 smart cities. This portal allows Indian smart cities to publish their data sets in the public domain for open innovation, research, co-creation and for designing products and services using emerging technology. The evolution, from opening up government data to the creation of a platform for data shareability, has been identified as the next logical step under the DataSmart Cities Strategy. To this end, the SCM has set up the India Urban Data Exchange, which allows users to exchange real-time data through a neutral, secure and open platform, and enables disparate and independent city systems to work together seamlessly and securely for data exchange. Existing stakeholders, with a business-as-usual approach, do not have ready solutions to the many pressing problems faced by cities. There is therefore a danger that cities will stag- nate in their growth objective. To overcome these challenges and find solutions, it is necessary to seek innovators that may be within the city itself, those among business start-ups, the student community, and academia. The SCM understands the necessity for creation of an ecosystem wherein the inno- vators become engaged with the cities to improve the overall quality of life. Accordingly, a dialogue has been initiated with other government programmes such as the Atal Innovation Mission; Startup India; and the Accelerating Growth of New India’s Innovations programme, to foster the creation of an ecosystem for innovation in smart cities, enabling local area development, harnessing technology and providing a boost to the economy. There are several other initiatives being run under SCM: the City Investment to Innovate Integrate and Sustain challenge; Smart Cities Digital Payment Awards; Ease of Living Index; Municipal Performance Index, and the India Smart Cities Fellowship and Internship Programme. These initiatives are designed to maintain the spirit of challenge adopted in the initial stage of the mission, and to benefit the cities by way of capacity-building, better planning and development. Although the SCM was launched as a five-year programme for cities, the road to smartness is a journey with its own educative value. As people begin to experience a paradigm change in the ecosystem and realize the impact of these changes around them, they will begin to imbibe them by way of behavioural and cultural change. This mission is just the beginning to embark on the path to smartness. A B et t er W or ld Smart Cities Mission strategy Redevelopment • City renewal • Old slum areas • Core city areas • Area of 50 acres minimum (25 acres for NE cities) City-wide smart solutions (at least one) • Electronic service delivery • Intelligent traffic management systems • Smart metering and management • Integrated multi-modal transport systems • Video crime monitoring Integrated smart solutions through command and control centre Basic infrastructure and services Area-based development Pan city development Retrofitting • City improvement • Local area planning • 24 x 7 water supply • Area of 500 acres minimum (250 acres for NE cities) Greenfield development • City extension • Satellite towns • Integrated townships • Area of 250 acres minimum (125 acres for NE cities)