Anil Kadam, General Manager, Solutions Architect, Schneider Electric, got into a quick chat with Amit Singh to share his views on the challenges and achievements in the smart city projects, and how IT solution providers can increase their share in the smart city projects
How do you find the progress of smart cities in India?
Smart cities mission is an extensive project and one which is complex because of the number of stakeholders involved. The project is in its early stages and now with few templates of success around, the momentum on the smart cities projects should build up.
How do you think small/regional IT solution providers can increase their share in the smart city projects?
The window of opportunities for IT solution providers is quite large but the crucial question is to develop core competencies. For small or regional players to increase their share in the smart city space they need to possess the wherewithal for the segment, vertical or work category they are looking at exploring. The skills and competencies would be allied to these areas.
What are the challenges we face in delivering smart city projects?
A foremost challenge lies in financing, especially since budget allocations are insufficient for projects of this magnitude. Another problem is in retrofitting existing legacy city infrastructures to make them smart. Integrating once-isolated legacy systems in achieving citywide efficiencies poses a significant challenge. Consequently, delays are part and parcel of such gargantuan projects where evolving solutions to complex problems in rapidly-urbanizing cities requires immense skills and expertise.
How is Schneider Electric contributing towards smart city development in India?
Schneider Electric has recently implemented the integrated Command and Control Centre (CCC) this June, along with the utility management system (electrical and water SCADA) and intelligent building management system in Atal Nagar (earlier Naya Raipur), Chhattisgarh. About 560,000 people now experience first-hand benefits of living in an integrated city. The entire city is covered with GIS mapping, along with 128 CCTV cameras, 40-speed detection cameras, and 42 number-plate recognition cameras. Today, it is one of India’s safest cities.
The CCC leverages IoT, mobility, sensing, analytics and cybersecurity technologies to ensure safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity for citizens. It will be the central hub for managing city operations and emergency response.