Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala inaugurated Integrated Command and Control Communication Centre (IC4) under Cochin Smart Mission Limited’s (CSML) and a solar power project via videoconferencing on June 8. A.C. Moideen, Minister for Local Self-Governments; Hibi Eden, MP; MLAs PT Thomas and TJ Vinod; and Mayor Soumini Jain also attended the ceremony.
In his video address, during the ceremony, he said, “The IC4 system streamlines public access to services since it uses technology to connect the workings of various departments.” Also, IC4 will be of immediate help to affected areas in case of floods or disease outbreaks. The interactive web maps of the city available at the IC4 will become make the work easier for the authorities.
Under the IC4 project, the city authorities have also developed a citizen’s web portal and a mobile app. Through the portal or the app, people will be able to lodge complaints regarding various issues like waterlogging, streetlights, illegal constructions and waste management. Moreover, people who do not have access to the portal or mobile app can reach out to their nearby Akshaya e-centres, the CM said.
The IC4 centre will be used for monitoring and surveillance work as well. Visuals from CCTV cameras installed in public places across the city can be accessed from IC4. Further, the LED streetlights set up which was also taken under the Smart Cities Mission project can also be controlled from a single point. The emergency services like, police, fire stations, other rescue services and KSEB services have been integrated with IC4. However, in the long-run other government services will also be integrated gradually.
The CM also inaugurated the CSML’s solar power project. Under the project, around 28 buildings have been equipped with solar panels that will generate 14.6 lakh units of renewable energy annually. The count of renewable power to be generated of the newly installed solar power project would likely to reduce the government’s expenditure on electricity by around Rs 1.2 crore. Apart from this, carbon emissions would also be reduced.