Focusing on smart surveillance system in Smart Cities, Minister of state (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri stated that “Smart solutions for cities, such as surveillance systems lead to greatly reduced crime and improved safety of residents particularly women. City wide Wi-Fi networks improve communication among citizens as well that with various service providers.”
Puri was speaking at a function held in Delhi. Emphasising on the need for e-governance and citizen feedback management, he further added that these initiatives lead to improved social cohesion by increase in opportunities for citizen engagement, reduction in social inequities, and reduction in response time for services for business.
“Integrated traffic management will increase the traffic speeds and reduce traffic congestions and hence cleaner air for people to breathe,” the Minister said.
“The ease of living has a strong focus on technology but it is not exclusively centered on it. Technology will enhance citizen participation, improve provision of basic services and infrastructure and make areas more livable” stated Puri.
The Minister stressed on the fact that sensor-based technologies that are used for leak detection, automated water supply and quality monitoring will directly impact universal accessibility to quality water, reduction in operating and maintenance costs and reduction of water borne diseases. Technology has given us tremendous power and opportunities to touch people’s lives, and make a real difference in the way they live.