India’s cities are notoriously crowded and there are health threats posed by climate change, population growth, and traffic.
The Smart City Mission is a structured programme designed to create a more sustainable India and to support smart projects including parking, waste management, street lighting, and utilities. After a phased rollout of these services the government plans to expand the Smart Cities Mission to all 4,000 cities.
The biggest problem is the breadth and depth of the program. This is reflected in the need to find alternative funding mechanisms such as pool finance, bonds, fiscal money, and monetisation of unused land. The government is also looking at increasing public / private participation in smart cities through incentive mechanisms.
The ministry of housing and urban affairs is the leading department for Smart City Mission. SenRa, a pan-India provider of LPWAN networks for long range IoT applications. The company has partnered with Bosch, whose parking sensors will be employed in the solution. And Kerlink, a global leader in delivering robust IoT networks in demanding environments, including the arrival of India’s monsoon season.
As the name implies, SenRa’s LPWANs employ LoRa-based technology, which is ideal for smart cities as well as smart homes and buildings. It has been deployed in over 105 million devices connected to networks in 100 countries.
The company is working with global partners to provide smart solutions for water metering, smart agriculture, smart lighting, logistics and digital gas meters. The mission rates existing projects under planning, technology, governance, services and finance, along with climate sensitive action.
Bosch’s sensors detect and report occupancy, thereby enabling active parking lot management features, such as search, navigation and reservation. Kerlink’s products and solutions include a new industrial-grade Wirnet station with fully integrated internal antennas and 4G backhaul connectivity.
- Healthier, safer city centre environments
- A comprehensive set of smart services
- An ambitious, holistic approach to a nationwide challenge
The author is freelance technology writer, Bob Emmerson