A report on best practices for smart cities by communications and IT major Nokia has predicted that India’s capital Delhi is likely to achieve rapid progress by next year, while Pune’s smart city initiative can serve as a model for other Indian cities.
The report, ‘The Smart City Playbook’, presented key findings from the smart city initiatives after studying strategies and progress made by 22 cities around the world.
According to the report, Delhi has an advantage in the area of technology and skills and can work on consultation, data backed policy decisions and funding in order to ensure that the projects meet the needs of the citizens.
For Pune, the playbook predicted that communication, partner ecosystem, open standards based technology and diversified funding sources will play an important role in its development.
Pune has allocated a budget of over $450 million for transportation and fleet management, open data platform, lighting, smart meters which will be used over a period of five years.
“The process of making a city smart is extremely complex, and there are so many different strategies being put forward in the market that choosing the right path for your city can be an enormous challenge,” said Osvaldo Di Campli, Head of Global Enterprise and Public Sector, Nokia.
The report highlights that successful cities have established open and transparent rules for the use of data. Many advanced cities are committed to making both information and communications technology (ICT) and IoT infrastructure accessible to users both inside and outside of government. “
We look forward to helping cities develop the shared, secure and scalable networks and platforms needed to enable the human possibilities of smart, safe and sustainable cities,” he added.
Also, governments that have engaged residents in smart city initiatives have been particularly effective.