CIDCO@Smart – Volume 2, issue 1

CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 2 Number 1 of its newsletter, detailing the team’s activities between January 2016 and March 2016. This issue captures the National Smart City mission in elaborate details and the highlights of the first 20 cities that were announced as early winners of the mission in January 2016. The newsletter looks at the game changing interventions in the smart cities mission such as demand driven planning, learning and replicability, special purpose vehicle and convergence, and discusses them across the lighthouse cities. It also presents preliminary analyses of several emerging themes the SCPs focus on, which include integrated mobility, environmental sustainability, use of information and communication technology and financial resource management. Beyond the national smart cities mission, the newsletter in the section ‘smart city corner’, engages the readers in a comparison of the smart city programme in India and the US. This section also discusses latest technology used in France for sustainable district wide heating and cooling. Additionally the newsletter features snapshots of three top ranked cities of the first cycle of national smart cities mission- Bhubaneswar, Pune and Jaipur, with highlights of their SCPs that make them stand apart from the rest. With contents that cover the expanse of the smart cities mission of India, this newsletter is intended as a summary of the SCPs of the 20 lighthouse cities.

The Newsletter can be viewed here.

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CIDCO@Smart – Volume 1, Issue 3 & 4

CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue (3 & 4) of its newsletter detailing the team’s activities between July 2015 and December 2015. The newsletter titled ‘CIDCO@Smart‘ gives an insight into the work done by the smart cities unit in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO.
The third and fourth combined edition showcases the Smart City Plan of CIDCO in CIDCO Navi Mumbai (South). Each issue beginning from this will showcase an overview on one objective area and one project of high impact from the plan. A section on inclusive planning is also introduced. This issue presents an interview with V. Radha, IAS, Joint Managing Director (JMD), CIDCO, on gender inclusive planning at CIDCO.

The newsletter also presents initiatives at NIUA-CIDCO Smart City lab which include Citizen engagement strategy for Smart Cites and Designing for Bicycle based Mobility along with a case study- Bike-share system at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Various smart policies and technologies across the globe which include the application of ICT beyond e- Governance in Smart Cities, Privately Owned Public Spaces and Smart Bus Shelter is captured in this newsletter. It is hoped that featuring these ideas can instigate dialogues and potentially implementation in Indian cities especially Navi Mumbai. The latest progress of the National Smart City Mission is also discussed in this issue.

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CIDCO@Smart – Volume 1 issue 2

In July 2015, the CIDCO Smart City Lab published its second quarterly newsletter detailing the team’s activities between April 2015 and June 2015. The newsletter titled ‘CIDCO@Smart’ gives an insight into the work done by the smart cities unit in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO.

The second edition of the newsletter showcases an excerpt of the impact assessment study for increase of FSI in the gaothan areas of Navi Mumbai that was jointly done with RICS School of Built Environment, the latest progress of the National Smart City Mission with with Smart City Team’s role in conducting Citizen Engagement exercises both for the Ministry of Urban Development and the Pune Municipal Corporation.

In this newsletter, we have also captured smart policies and technologies in the form of case studies and policy briefs. These cover Electric Vehicles, Open Data and ‘Smart Trees’. It is hoped that featuring these ideas can instigate dialogues and potentially implementation in Indian cities especially Navi Mumbai.

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Exploratory Research on Smart Cities

The study ‘Exploratory Research on Smart Cities’ is essentially a survey of literature and theories about smart cities. It is not a compendium of solutions or an illustration of the smart cities mission of the Government of India. As the title suggests, it is essentially a navigation tool that might be useful for those who wish to understand the context in which smart cities in India are being envisaged.

The area-based approach of the Ministry of Urban Development, which is directed towards revitalising existing cities through a systematic improvement of entire living environments, is likely to be a unique contribution to the history of smart city development. As such, it is a story that needs to be documented and analysed in a different publication.

National Institute of Urban Affairs intends to follow up this study with an intensive analysis of the aims and anticipated outcomes of the Mission Transform-Nation.

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CIDCO@Smart – Volume 1, Issue 1

In April 2015, the CIDCO Smart City Lab launched its first quarterly newsletter detailing the team’s activities between January 2015 and March 2015. The newsletter titled ‘CIDCO@Smart’ gives an insight into the work done by the smart cities unit in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO.

The first edition of the newsletter brings key recommendations from the Workshop on Strategic Planning for JNPTIA, highlights and engaging visuals from a study on redevelopment of Gaothans (Urban villages) in Navi Mumbai and an analysis of the trends from the last 5 socio-economic surveys of Navi Mumbai – covering a period of 20 years, from 1995 to 2010. Between this period the team also completed over 30 semi structured interviews of HODs and senior staff at CIDCO. The newsletter presents outcomes of a survey (informed by these interviews) completed by HODs and senior staff  aimed at identifying the most important actions for CIDCO going forward.

In this newsletter, we have also captured one smart city idea idea from a global best practice to stimulate thinking towards citizen centric services in cities. We hope the newsletter will be the first in a series of many capturing the exciting and important work done at CIDCO along with building a narrative for a smarter ‘Navi Mumbai’.

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Background Paper for Round table discussion and consultation on Sustainable Energy Integration in Smart Cities

The Smart Cities Mission is an ambitious initiative that is pan-India and cuts across sectors. It seeks to redefine not just urban life but also the Indian economy and our social fabric as a whole. The potential is transformational, however, this mammoth undertaking necessitates a paradigm shift in the way we have been managing our cities. Smart Cities can be thought of as a singular overarching idea that brings under it multiple ideas that are whole economic sectors in themselves. Sustainable Energy is one such idea in the quintessential multi-axial complex of Smart-Cities architecture and design. In the long list of public goods and services that a city provides its inhabitants with, Energy is preeminent. The direct impact and the indirect nexus that energy has withpossibly every other sector, including critical ones such as water, transport, and industry makes Energy one of the topmost priorities when addressing the Smart Cities Mission. Before implementation begins, this mission will benefit from cogent mechanism design, a definitional framework with well-defined standards and standardized systems that are suitably modified only to meet regional and local objectives or constraints. This first stakeholder consultation would act as the preliminary step towards achieving this objective. This background paper seeks to be a ‘conversation starter’ around the idea of Sustainable Energy integration in Smart Cities and would kick-start wide consultations with stakeholders that would ultimately inform government policy towards a cogent cohesive implementation framework for executing the Smart Cities Mission.

 

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Smart Cities in India – the role of m2m + iot

India m2m + iot Forum is the most premium global platform for the machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) community and offers the best opportunity for learning, sharing, connecting, networking, branding and positioning with senior decision makers associated with machine-to-machine (m2m) and the internet of things (iot) world.

m2m + iot held a conference on February 19 and 20, 2015 at the Royal Plaza, New Delhi aimed at enriching the machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) ecosystem with market intelligence, technology trends, success stories and capacity building. It is a confluence of a variety of activities in the form of keynote sessions, panel discussions, technology showcase, dialogue and exchange forums – covering the vast gamut of technology, application, policy, use cases from across India and the world.

Dinesh Kapur and Ryan Christopher Sequeira of the Smart City Lab authored the Conference Paper titled ‘Smart Cities in India – the role of m2m+iot

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