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Connection, communication and automation are reshaping the entire world to beget intelligence in its most advanced and concentrated form, which, when utilised correctly, can change the dynamics of your organisation. CIOT, in hands with the top companies in artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, Internet of Things and Big Data, is all set to turn your dreams into reality through Smart Infrastructure.

The technology of Smart Infrastructure incorporates intelligence and smartness in every equipment you use or any utility. From the basics like your coffee-maker or washing machine to street lights, buildings, machines used in factories, etc., smart infrastructure targets at enhancing the deliverability of each product or service you use. The tons of data is stored on your cloud, which is accessible from any part of the world, at any time!

Smart Buildings


The consumption of energy in any building varies significantly with different customers and their requirements. In such situations, installing sensors and smart meters in your building can assist you in monitoring your energy usage and even alert you in case some constraints are headed your way. CIOT extends countless best options when it comes to making the security, lighting, access control, temperature control, etc., smarter and automatic.

Smart Industries


Not only the energy sector is undergoing a revolution, but so is the industrial one. With the Internet of Things entering the picture, it has become a lot easier to combine the functionality of various domains in your factory and let them work together. At each step of the manufacturing process, CIOT caters to provide splendid industrial services, be it producing the items, monitoring the energy consumptions, repairing machinery, detecting faults, collecting and analysing data, etc.

Smart Manufacturing & Processing plant


With automation and wireless connectivity in hand, the concept of smart manufacturing and processing plants focuses on optimising not only the process of production of your sellable items but on generating returns on investment, making your accounts self-regulatory and turning your workplace into a safer and secured zone. CIOT assists you in achieving the same through the first-class tools and technologies existing the global market and making those available to you.

FAQ’s

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It is difficult to implement water and sewerage projects specific to areas as the large infrastructure needed are generally created for the entire city. How to address this?

Typically, water and sewerage systems are sub-divided into smaller geographical areas (e.g. zones). While selecting areas, it would be prudent to keep the smaller geographical units in view.

Will the Centre provide separate funding for the preparation of Smart City Proposal in addition to the Rs. 2 crores sanctioned as A&OE charges?

Rupees Two Crore released for each shortlisted city is to take care of A&OE expenses, including the preparation of Smart City Proposal (SCP). However, separate funding will be provided from the World Bank assisted CBUD Project for meeting the cost for payment to Consulting Firms.

As the Mission lays focus on convergence of various parallel programmes, what efforts are being taken by MoUD to ensure convergence at policy level between various ministries at GOI level?

MoUD will coordinate such convergence at the National level.

While planning for making our cities Smart, one should also address the resilience aspects. Whether the mission guidelines cover the resilience aspect adequately?

Resilience is an important aspect while making SCP and has been emphasized in the mission guidelines and is one of the criteria to evaluate the SCP

What are the institutional structures (PMUs) to be established for the implementation of Smart Cities Mission?

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What are the best practices available in the areas of renewable and sustainable energy efficient models?

Comprehensive Capacity Building Programme (CCBP) has been re-aligned with AMRUT and Smart Cities Mission, under which adequate human resources on ground will be placed (State & City MMUs) to provide human resources to provide technical support to States/ ULBs.

Whether a financial intermediary at central level is being created to cater to the funding needs of various cities for the implementation of smart city projects?

Only a financial intermediary at the state level is proposed.

What are the roles of handholding agencies under the Mission?

The handholding agencies (multi-lateral and bi-lateral) will provide technical assistance to Cities/States in preparing Smart City proposals. They will also act as knowledge partners.

What will be the boundary of the Smart City?

For Retrofitting and Redevelopment options, statutory limits of ULB will be the boundary and for Greenfield development, it can be beyond the city limits, but within the notified planning area of the City.

The minimum area requirement for the Redevelopment model is 50 acres, which seems not feasible in case of cities in North Eastern and hilly states. Whether the requirement of minimum area is flexible and can be reduced for such areas?

In terms of Para 5.3 of the SCM guidelines, for North Eastern and Himalayan States, the area proposed to be developed will be one-half of what is prescribed for any of the alternative models.

For each city, GoI will provide Rs.500 crore and States will contribute its matching share of Rs.500 crore. This Rs.1000 crore will surely not be adequate for development of a city as a smart city under SCM. How does the convergence with other schemes be ensured a Smart Cities Mission?

While preparing SCP, cities must make convergence of SCM with other Government Schemes. For example, core infrastructure projects for entire cities could be taken up under AMRUT, SBM and HRIDAY and then areas selected for development as smart cities could be taken up and smart solutions could be applied under SCM. Further, apart from the convergence with other schemes, there are a lot of other sources have been identified for financing the SCM which can be seen in para 11.3 of the SCM guidelines.

When will the final Smart City Proposal format be sent to the States by MoUD? What is the last date for submitting the Smart City Proposals to MoUD?

Final SCP format is available in OM No.K-15016/61/2015-SC-I, dated 14-09- 2015. The timeline for submitting the SCP to MoUD is 15th December 2015. For timeline of other activities/sub-activities, please see OM No.K- 14012/101(28)/2015- SC-IIIA, dated 23-09-2015.

What are the various institutional arrangements which the cities should plan for under the Smart Cities Mission, like SPV, etc.?

The SPVs may be formed after the selection of 20 cities in stage 2 of the challenge.

What is a smart city?

A Smart city is an ‘urban area’ that uses different types of electronic Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources and services efficiently. Smart cities help societies in tackling socio-economical and environmental challenges in their urban areas. The usage of data helps it’s citizens in getting new insights as to how a city works and testing which solutions are best suited to tackle the challenge at hand.

When is a smart city effective?

Smart Cities are effective when it has a positive impact on society.

To get impact you need to do the following:
1. Have a clear strategy.
2. Ensure good leadership for designing and implementing your concept.
3. Have a solid business case with a clear objective and KPI’s.
3. Focus first on projects that are useful across different sectors.
4. Engage all your stakeholders.
5. Map which resources and skills are needed, before you start any pilot’s or living labs.

How can I design a framework that works best for my smart city project?

It depends on a lot of variables, but the most important one’s are:
1. The problem you want to solve.
2. What are the rules of business between stakeholders and partners.
3. Which approach is best for your initiative. Example approaches are the beta city, platform or anchor.
3. What infrastructure is in place or needed.

What are common policy models to use for technology projects in public spaces?

Most common usages are the explorative or practical models.

How can I stimulate innovation?

Create an environment where innovation is stimulated. To create the best environment for the development of Smart city you can use on of the following environments: 1. Open innovation model. 2. Living Labs. 3. Project-defined.

How can I manage smart projects

By monitoring the effectiveness of smart city initiatives projects in your city. The success of new smart city initiatives through assessing and re-adjusted your objectives continuously. You can manage your project by keeping track of the following verticals: 1. Business case. 2. Complexity of the solution. 3. Effect/ impact on the quality/ efficiency for client users. 4. Data sourcing. 5. Maturity of the solution. 6. Alignment / modularity – can we duplicate concepts to other sectors/ departments.

How do I select a technology supplier?

Select transparent suppliers that are open sourced. Selecting a technology supplier is dependant on: (1) the complexity of the challenge you are trying to resolve and; (2) the procurement policies that are in place by law or your company.  The general rule of thumb is, the more complex and unknown the project is, the more likely you will have to make changes in your procurement requirements. This is because you cannot procure on price only. Therefore you first need to re-aligning your procurement policy to fit within the smart city procurement principles. Secondly make sure that the suppliers give transparency on how the technology works. And finally make it incentive base to stimulate new innovations.

Which business models work for smart cities

There are some 55 general business models that are used by 90% of the most successful companies ( Gassmann et al 2015 ). Some interesting models that you could explore for smart cities are the open source, auction, subscription (as-a-service) and design- build models. To select a business model some of the most important questions to answer are: 1. Who are your end-users & stakeholders and what are their needs? 2. What is the value proposition and are there any similar solutions already on the market? 3. How can we organise the necessary resources to deliver the smart city concept? 4. Why is this concept important to the end-users and what is the benefit to society? 5. What risks are you willing to take in getting the concept on the market? The outcome of these questions will help determine which business models works best for your smart city concept.

What is a good strategy?

The best strategy is a clear and common set of objectives supported by all stakeholders. To make sure that your strategy is good, and all stakeholders understand it, consider the following points: 1. All stakeholders have the same vision/ goals in mind. 2. All stakeholders speak the same common language when discussing the smart city concepts. 3. All stakeholders support the choice of the business models used.

What are common mistakes with smart city projects?

Most  common mistakes  with these projects are:
1. Stakeholders don’t speak a common language.
2. Smart concept is going to market too quickly (fast deadline). Therefore the end-user haven’t had enough time to get confident
about the reliability and usefulness of the technology and data output.
3. Conflicts between departments about interpretation and outcomes of policy procedures.

How does the explorative model work?

The explorative model uses a  smart city reference model . Where your focus lies at roadmapping technological innovations and the objectives you and the main stakeholders would like to achieve. Depending on your objective you will start new technology initiatives to explore new ideas and technology solutions.

How does the practical model work?

The practical model makes use of the  Strategic Smart City Perspective. This model sets the actors objectives based on what technologies are already on the market.

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