The Smart Cities Council India launched its promised ‘India Readiness Guide’ at its 3rd SMART CITIES SUMMIT held at Taj President in Mumbai today.

“This is a great first step by India to put its mark on the global smart cities stage. With India’s smart cities solutions presented in the form of case studies, India will now qualify with a host of smart case studies as an ‘incubation lab’ for smart cities solutions. The Smart Cities Council has launched this to help cities plan their blueprint better. It is further offering ‘Readiness Workshops’ for municipalities seeking training and capacity building,” stated Pratap Padode, Founder and Director, Smart Cities Council India while launching it along with Philip Bane, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council who flew in along with the US smart cities infrastructure trade mission from the USA. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews & Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Lee Zak, who headed the delegation, joined in launching the India Readiness Guide.

The 3rd SMART CITIES SUMMIT saw the convergence of over 70 speakers including international experts, municipal and city officials from over 50 cities and over 300 delegates including technology experts, academicians, urban planners, developers, architects and so on.

Participating municipal corporations include:
Ajmer, Allahabad, Belagavi, Bhagalpur, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Dahod, Davangere, Diu, Haldia, Hubli-Dharawad, Kalyan Dombivali, Kota, Mangalore, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Pasighat, Port Blair, Pune, Silvassa, Solapur, Udaipur, Vishakhapattnam

Participating companies include:
HP Future Service, TYCO, IFC, KFW, Srei BNP Paribas, Yes Bank, Black & Veatch, GAIA, IBM, USTDA, CISCO, CIDCO, JUSCO, GE, Honeywell, Itron, Schneider Electric, GE Lighting, IIT Bombay, UP Housing Board, Embarq, Alcoa Inc., Aquatech International, Black & Veatch, Convalt, DHR Holding, Ecolab, EI Technologies, MasterCard, Milbank, Opower, Owenscorning, Qualcomm, S2 Global, Silver Spring Networks, Turner Project Management, UL LLC, Xylem, Emerson Climate Technologies, Essel Infraprojects, Tata Realty & Infra, MMRDA, PWC India, Mahindra World City, Bharatiya City, ADB, Microsoft, Orange Smart city, AECOM, Gammon India, ABB, Tata Housing, Bechtel Engg, Sterlite Technologies, Kone Elevators, Raheja Group, Deloitte, Sunil Chemicals, Synergy Environics, Trigyn, Covestro Pvt Ltd, Design Point Consultant, SPD Technologies, R R Buildcon, IM Capital, ACCA, Darashaw & co, Studio POD, NDMA, Mahindra SSG, Mapping Solutions, Sun Moksha, Naireeta Service, Algo Engines, Global Green Solution, and many more.

About India Readiness Guide
The India Readiness Guide has over 400 pages and total of fourteen chapters. There are more than 80 relevant case studies, with half of them focusing on the Indian context as well as some providing a global perspective. Case studies cited include those from Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Surat, Jabalpur, Hyderabad, Indore etc.

The Smart Cities India Readiness Guide is envisioned to help local governments and municipalities build an action plan for smart cities in India. The India Readiness Guide gives a comprehensive ‘vision’ of a smart city, to help understand how technology will transform the cities and how people will contribute in enhancing and realising the transformation.

The Readiness Guide explores the current environment and drivers of smart cities in India, and takes a holistic look at the current supporting government missions. And, then it discusses some of the barriers cities may face and benefits smart cities will bring.

The initial chapters focus on introductory, universal aspects, identifying various key responsibilities – the day-to-day services that the cities provide. A dedicated chapter deals with citizen reporting, partnership, and engagement and assists in realizing the smart cities vision. And then there are individual chapters about each responsibility, such as water, transportation, public safety, etc., which are illustrated by supporting case studies.

The Smart Cities Framework captures the relationship between a cityÂ’s responsibilities (what it needs to accomplish for citizens) and its enablers (the smart technologies that can make those tasks easier and smart citizen engagement that can make those implementations more inclusive). Then it outlines a series of objectives that, taken together, form the foundation of a citizen-centric, ICT-enabled smart city.

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