CIDCO attends Safe Cities Asia 2015 in Singapore

The 2nd annual edition of Safe Cities Asia was held in Singapore from 13 – 14 May 2015 with a special focus day on 12 May 2015. Aimed at senior officials in city planning authorities, city governments and key municipal leaders the summit focuses on ways in which key decisions for safety and security in cities can be supported through the provision of technologies. This title for this year’s conference was Enhancing Public Safety and Welfare by Building Inter-Connected and Effective Safe Cities.

The delegation from CIDCO consisted of

  1. Mr. Soma Vijaykumar, Chief General Manager (T&A)
  2. Mr. Venugopal, Officer on Special Duty, Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA)


Excerpts from our interview with Mr. Soma Vijaykumar

What were the objectives of the Safe Cities conference? How were your views reinforced or changed by the conference?

…the Safe Cities conference gave me exposure to aspects of cyber terrorism that confront cities with heavy investments in technology and information systems. Today, city systems carry vast troves of data and are vulnerable to possible acts of cyber terrorism. As CIDCO moves forward with capital investments in infrastructure, due attention now needs to be given to protecting this valuable civic and private data. Public agencies have been grappling with the issue of maintaining the privacy of data and CIDCO should, as always demonstrate leadership for the other agencies to follow.




Could you talk a little bit about the CCTV initiative that CIDCO has undertaken and any learning for this project that you gained from the conference.

…CIDCO has recently floated a proposal to install 500 CCTV cameras in the Navi Mumbai project area. An expert from Interpol gave the attendees ideas of various threats that public agencies have to deal with in this age. A CCTV system needs to be complemented with appropriate human resources to manage the system and communication protocols with national and international safety agencies effectively deter possible acts of violence. The possibility of data residing across multiple systems necessitates coordination amongst these systems to protect against cyber attacks at multiple points in the overall system.


You can read the full interview in the CIDCO@Smart newsletter here