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State-wide Command and Control Centre set up for 7 smart city developments in Madhya Pradesh, India

State wide Command and Control Centre set up for 7 smart city developments in Madhya Pradesh

The Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (BSCDCL) is
setting up a cloud-based Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) for multiple smart city
developments in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. The seven cities covered
by the ICCC: Bhopal (capital city of the state), Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore, Ujjain, Satna, and Sagar.

The centre enables the monitoring and administration of civic
utilities, transportation systems, public safety and citizen services from
multiple cities in the state through a central cloud-based platform.

BSCDCL has selected Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for
creating the ICCC. HPE has provided an end-to-end solution for BSCDCL that
combines an IoT platform, servers, edge compute systems, consulting services
and a broad ecosystem of partners. It Integrates data analysis and coordination
across city systems and multiple agencies, transforms city operation from
reactive to proactive and enables early intervention.

This is enabling BSCDCL to realise more of the value derived
from the massive volumes of data created by connected devices in multiple
cities and use contextual analysis to provide real-time information to citizens
and authorities.

ICCC also provides a “Single Source of truth” for the cities’
civic functions. The primary objective of establishing a cloud-based state-level
integrated data centre, disaster recovery centre and integrated command and
control centre for all the seven smart cities to provide better services to
citizens with a view to improving their quality of life. Another benefit of the
unified command centre is significant cost savings, as compared to deploying
individual command centres across each city individually. The integrated nature
of the platform also helps with cost optimisation and minimising revenue

“HPE has collaborated with BSCDCL to explore feasible
options for our unique vision to transform Bhopal and the other locations into
Smart Cities” said Chandramauli Shukla, Chief Executive Officer BSCDCL. “The
range of HPE hardware and IoT design, advisory and integration elements have
seamlessly provided us with a unique, innovative, city-specific solution.”

The city of Bhopal is already working on several smart city projects, such as the introduction
of an Intelligent Transport System
for the city buses, which allows the authorities to keep a track on every bus
in the city and a Smart Public Bike
programme. The city has also launched an Automated Fare Collection
(AFC) and Surveillance Solution for Intelligent Transport System (ITS)
Bhopal City Bus Services and Bus terminals. The Bhopal Municipal Corporation
also plans to provide a Market Place” of good
quality services to the citizens of the City in the form of Digital Platform. 

As of January 2018, a total of 99 cities had been
under India’s Smart Cities
, with a proposed investment of up to Rs 2.04 trillion (USD 32
billion). As of 17 January 2018, there are 2,948 projects worth USD 22 billion
in various stages of implementation.

Project areas include the development of smart roads,
rejuvenation of water bodies, cycle tracks, walking paths, smart classrooms,
skill development centres, upgradation of health facilities and citywide
enablers such as integrated command control centre and ICT-based municipal
services. 36 cities have already initiated the smart roads and 30 cities have
initiated integrated command and control projects. Additionally, 37 cities have
initiated smart water projects and 44 cities have initiated solar projects.
Architectural, place-making and city beautification projects have been
initiated in 40 cities.

The selected cities are choosing relatively small areas to
start with, for addressing infrastructure deficit. In several cities it comes
to more than 10% of total city area. The city governments and citizens have
leeway to select the area in the mission cities to be selected for Area Based
Development (ABD).
Bhopal has also earmarked an area
for ABD.

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