Essel Group's objective is to build integrated utilities that are inclusive, towards developing state-of-the-art infrastructural solutions that are innovative, sustainable, as well as eco-friendly.
Smart cities promise to provide a quality of life that can support future generations sustainably, says Cushman & Wakefield report.
Urbanization Challenge: Cities are engines of growth for the economy of every nation, including India. Nearly 31% of India’s current population lives in urban areas and contributes 63% of India’s GDP (Census 2011). With increasing urbanization, urban areas are expected to house 40% of India’s population and contribute 75% of India’s GDP by 2030. This requires comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure. All are important in improving the quality of life and attracting people and investments to the City, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of growth and development. Development of Smart Cities is a step in that direction.
Challenges with the Indian Urbanization Scenario - Urbanization in India is rapid and propels social and environmental challenges. Cities are characterized by strained infrastructure which manifests itself in terms of power cuts and water shortages, high cost of living, and unaffordable real estate resulting in urban sprawl and slums, high volume of traffic resulting in pollution and delays.
Indian cities are struggling to accommodate the accelerated pace of urbanization – resulting in crumbling urban infrastructure and unaffordable options for urban accommodation. Urbanization is only bound to rise – with a manufacturing - led, knowledge driven economy forming the core focus of India’s efforts at creating a ‘step change’ in economic growth. Our industrial growth ecosystem must be planned and created – liveable cities will need to enable people to live and work near production zones.
By 2031, the urban share of GDP is expected to rise from 52% to 75%. The national level of urbanisation in India will rise from 31% in 2011 to 50% by 2031, and more than 600 million Indians will choose to live in urban areas. Urban areas of the future will be clustered – almost 50% of all future urban Indians will be concentrated in 87 metropolitan cities.
Smart Street Lighting 101 is packed with useful information and brief case studies highlighting the benefits cities are accruing as they move to LEDs and integrated street light networks that can serve as a backbone for other smart city applications.
Cybersecurity is an issue that can't be ignored at any level of government. To help cities prioritize risks and assign roles and responsibilities for key aspects of cybersecurity within their infrastructures, Microsoft just released a set of recommendations every city should consider. Click to download a copy.
This report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government is based on detailed analysis of five public sector contracts for cloud services. From the five case studies, the authors developed a series of recommendations for government organizations to guide them in the writing and negotiating of contracts for cloud services.
Sponsored by CDW•G, this guide provides information on grants that are, in many cases, intended for use by local governments. Many of the grants emphasize research and investment into new information technologies and other technological innovations.
Like it or not, cities today compete with each other for talent and jobs. It makes sense, therefore, to track the leaders to study what they have done right. And to study those who did it wrong. This compendium of city rankings, scores and predictions provides some of both. It is available exclusively to members of the Smart Cities Council.