Smart Cities Council India launches; will develop country's first Readiness Guide

Mon, 2015-04-27 16:45 -- SCC Staff

The Smart Cities Council has launched Smart Cities Council India          (SCC India) with Pratap Padode, President of the Foundation of Infrastructure Research Studies Training ( FIRST ) and the SCC India founder. One of his first objectives will be to recruit Indian smart cities experts to develop a unique Readiness Guide for India that will show how Indian cities can use smart technologies to accommodate large-scale growth and economic development.

After his election in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his intent to build 100 smart cities in India.

Smart Cities Council India expects to catapult Modi's program onto the global stage. With partners that include major international companies –- Alstom, Bechtel, Cisco, IBM and Microsoft among them -- the Indian smart cities space will now have SCC India as a single point of reference to gain knowledge and resources. A SCC India website is currently under development.

Unique, sustainable solutions
"India is the ideal location for a Smart Cities Council. We are proud to partner with entrepreneurs such as Pratap Padode -- along with Indian civil society, scientists and engineers -- to develop smart cities solutions," said Philip Bane, executive director of the Smart Cities Council. "With the world’s largest urban democracy, we believe that India can show us unique, sustainable solutions that can be utilized throughout the world."

Padode is architect of the "Promising Cities Report" which cited 20 of India's cities top emerging growth centers. It was released at the 2nd Smart Cities Summit in February 2015 in Delhi. Padode has also organized two summits on smart cities in Mumbai and Delhi and plans to embark on a multi-city tour later this year.

Focus on getting cities ready
"The first mission for Smart Cities Council India is to launch the Smart Cities Readiness Guide for India,” said Padode. "The guide, developed by Indian smart cities experts using local case studies, will enable city leaders and urban planners to understand the comprehensive framework of a smart city and take actionable steps toward major city infrastructure improvements." The Smart Cities Readiness Guide for India will be based on the globally acclaimed Smart Cities Readiness Guide that the Council first released in 2013 and updated in July 2014.

Experts interested in participating in the development of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide for India should contact Padode.

Global Alliances
The Smart Cities Council India is the first to join the Global Alliance of Smart Cities Councils – which provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders around the gobe to affiliate with the Council and leverage its best practices.


Submitted by Surya Pandey on
OEMs has unveiled Smart City as a blueprint for the future of smart and connected Communities in India. The initiative is the outcome of OEM`s collaboration with the Government of India on the Digital India initiative. Smart City symbolizes what the digitization of a country means for the future of work, education, healthcare and the electronic delivery of citizen services. Gauging user`s demands the main concerns for service provider on day is hugely insightful in understanding which direction the industry may shift towards in the coming years. Having Global working experience , expert in Project Management - would like to be part of SCC India for deploying best practices.

Submitted by M H on
I am a Phd student and my thesis revolves around smart cities. It is a very good project but How will the Indian government finance all these cities? Is there any incentive for short term investors? Is government planning to issue tax-free short term bonds to attract FDI?

Submitted by Vinay Lall on
The basic objective of the Indian Prime Minister's initiative appears to be not only to induct high quality smart technologies in city infrastructure development, but more importantly, to ensure outcomes of the improved infrastructure as well as induct efficiency in an integrated system of city planning, budgeting and program management. Technology has to be a critical instrument (but not the end product) for his goal of maximum governance with minimum government. Work needs to be therefore initiated in inducting outcomes by building partnerships within city governments which continue to work in tight silos.

Submitted by Rita Nayak on
Hi, I am an Urban Planner and have done my thesis on Smartcities based on the challenges faced by the ULBs in previous development program if JNNURM and recommendations.I would be glad to share my work with smartcity global/ India. I need a mail address at which i can mail my presentation. Also, would love to work with the research team. Thank you.

Submitted by Pratap Padode on
Hi Rita: Please send me your presentation to

Submitted by Surya Pandey on
Hi Rita, Kindly send presentation to email ID- Regards

Submitted by Andaluri Srinivas on
It is critical that , in identified cities, rate basic living parameters such as power, water, health etc. Developing smart city has to be like programme managing improving these parameters and build "SMART" on that .

Submitted by Manoj Jain on
A resilient airport is one that has the people, capabilities, processes and structure to thrive in any environment and to react rapidly as changes emerge. Resilience has three elements: strategic, organizational and operational. Airports have been engines for growth. In case India wants to create 100 smart cities the case of bringing in 5 new smart resilient Airports takes precedence. Airports depend on the effective and reliable operation of Infrastructure systems to deliver Mobility, Emergency response, Information, Shelter, Energy, Water, Sanitation and other critical services. What should be effective and smart suites to develop the Airports? Let’s give a look to the following: I. Building systems: Indians hate Air conditioning for obvious reasons. Intelligent Airport buildings should take advantage of the natural currents in the surroundings to regulate the indoor temperature. Windows and skylights should be designed to open and close automatically, controlled by automated ventilation system. As heat rises through the building during the day, the skylights will open to allow hot air out from the top of the building, while louvers below draw in cool air at the lower floors. This provides an energy efficient and cooling flow of air during hot weather that can operate independently without the need for conventional energy, intensive air-conditioning systems and chemical coolants. Airports should produce their own electricity. The roof tops and the huge glass façade are ideal for solar energy production. It should form a secondary source of reliable supply and the need for generators should go saving costs and eyesores. Mass notification system (MNS) should be designed to log in and log out all mobile phones in the vicinity of the airport. In case of urgencies it should deliver targeted messages to advise occupants. Messages should be disseminated through multiple redundant channels, including voice systems, LED signage and local area networks. The system can contact people en masse inside and outside of the building directly via personal devices. Systems inform occupants about what action they should take, therefore coordinating movement to facilitate safe and efficient response. Typical risk scenarios should be prerecorded to allow easy activation and effective messaging during a crisis. Occupancy sensors that determine whether a space is occupied to control the lighting can and should be used to control other systems as well. Such as adjusting the HVAC set points when a space is unoccupied and sending alarms to security intrusion detection system if unauthorized movement throughout the space is detected. Security at present takes heavy toll on Airport finances. Nobody likes security unless somebody strikes. Smart fences should be able to replace ‘Watch posts’ with a sleepy guard atop it. It costs one tenth than the combined cost of manpower/watch tower and other associated equipments.

Submitted by Anantha Krishnan on
i suggest start smart communities projects where there are more han 100 acre projects of gated communities combined use project like residencial,busoiness,entertainment and malls etc these projects can link to the smartcities in future there can be water and power savings in these communities indian startups in IOT sensor fields can get experience to graduate to larger global projects also

Submitted by ATUL MATHUR on
Where can I get access to the list of major projects planned in each of the 98 smart cities? Is there a handbook or any portal where these can be accessed? Could you pls help.