CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue (Vol 2, issue 2 & 3) of its newsletter

CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue (Vol 2, issue 2 & 3) of its newsletter detailing the team’s activities between April 2016 and September 2016. The newsletter titled ‘CIDCO@Smart’ gives an insight into the work done by the CIDCO Smart City Lab team in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO.

The combined issue showcases two objective areas- Transit Oriented Development and Quality of Life and two projects of high impact- Urban Transport Terminals and Khandeshwar Railway Station Precinct, from the Smart City Plan of CIDCO in CIDCO Navi Mumbai (South). In the section on inclusive planning, the Child Friendly Smart Cities (CFSC) initiative at NIUA  is discussed. The newsletter also presents initiatives at NIUA-CIDCO Smart City lab which include Value Capture methods for infrastructure financing.

The section Smart City Corner features Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in Curitiba, smart conversations about optimized urban density and enablers for TOD, bicycling in India and innovations by MIT Urban Risk Lab- a tool for improving housing diversity, and Valet EZ- a mobile based application that helps to find secure parking spots in your city.

The latest progress of the National Smart City Mission is also discussed in this issue.

The issue is available for download here

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Electric Vehicles (EVs): SCPs of Lighthouse Cities

Electric vehicles (e-vehicles/ EVs) present an opportunity in cities to move towards cleaner fuels and sustainability in the field of urban mobility. Smart cities have scope of EV projects in various arenas

•E- vehicles for movement of goods and persons in zones of pedestrianisation
•Conversion of school busses to electric buses with charging points within school campuses
•Charging point for electric vehicles in fuel stations
•e-vehicles for commuting within the complex in apartment complexes and other group housing schemes
•Reserved parking for electric vehicles and designated charging points for e-cars in parking lots
•Intermediate para-transit (IPT) (for last mile connectivity) using e-vehicles, mostly e-rickshaws
•Designation of specific industrial unit within the development plan for city to avail facilities for maintenance and repair of e-vehicles
•e-bicycles for bike share programmes
•Advocacy and promotion of e-vehicles as cleaner alternative

Datasheet below gives the the EV projects and their budgets in the 20 lighthouse cities.



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33 Smart Cities from 25 States/ UTs

Central Government has announced 13 more Smart Cities from the 23 cities that submitted their Smart Cities Proposal in April 2016. Lucknow topped the list of winners of the Fast Track competition conducted for 23 cities belonging to the 23 states /UTs that did not make it in the first round of winning proposals. These cities improved the quality of their Smart City Proposals based on the feedback received.

33 cities from 25 States/UTs are now covered under Smart City Mission. The winners of the Fast Track competition are Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Warangal (Telanagana), Dharamshala, (Himachal Pradesh), Chandigarh, Raipur (Chattisgarh), New Town Kolkata(West Bengal), Bhagalpur (Bihar), Panaji, (Goa), Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), Imphal (Manipur), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Faridabad (Haryana)


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Citizen Engagement Strategy for a Smart City

According to the Smart City Plan (SCP) of Smart Cities Mission, the process for planning the Smart City commences with the self assessment of the city, preparation of the city profile and thereafter progresses to intense citizen engagement at multiple levels in the city using different means. The SCP says, ‘a sound engagement strategy should involve better communication by government, soliciting feedback for problem identification, co-creating solutions and involving local citizen champions, while ensuring the active participation of various groups of people, such as youth and students associations, welfare associations, tax-payers associations, senior citizens, special interest groups, slum dwellers and others.’

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Smart Bus Shelter

bussh1A smart bus shelter is an urban installation that change the typical experience of wasting time waiting for a bus.

A smart bus shelter provides real time information to the users

It provides transit data like route number of next bus, arrival time for the next bus etc. or even available seats in the next bus. It improves the experience of bus travel.

A smart bus shelter is a platform for urban informatics

It interacts with users by way of bus route guide, digital map, destination search, traffic broadcasting station, weather forecast etc. It is an interface through which city can inform its citizens.


bussh2A smart bus shelter is inclusive

It considers the requirements of differently-abled, women, children and the elderly. Braille boards and strategically placed buttons aid visually impaired to locate buses by way of touch and announcement. CCTV video recording ensure public safety.

A smart bus shelter is more than a waiting place

It integrates components ranging from mobile charging points to public Wi-Fi to solar panels and much more.

These bus shelters gather real time information by establishing ICT enabled linkages with buses through GPS tracking and RFID tags. LED displays at bus shelter display bus number of arriving buses for facilitating the users. Interactive touch screens in the bus shelter function as city dashboard and act as an interface of city with the users. It makes waiting for a bus no longer cumbersome or unreliable, but rather a fun activity.

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