Cisco announces IoT and smart city initiatives in Gujarat

Cisco in IoT business in Gujarat, IndiaCisco Systems signed two memoranda of understanding (MoU) for setting up Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation hub and a Smart City project in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT).

Chief minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, deputy chief minister of Gujarat, Nitin Bhai Patel, JN Singh, chief secretary, Govt. of Gujarat, PK Taneja, additional chief secretary Industries and Mines Department, additional chief secretary Urban Development, Poonamchand Parmar, Ajay Pandey, MD and Group CEO of GIFT City, Anupam Jalote, CEO, iCreate and Dinesh Malkani, president, Cisco India were present at the function.

Earlier, Cisco announced IoT initiatives in Maharashtra.

Cisco in association with iCreate will set up of an Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub at iCreate’s campus at Dev Dholera near Bavla, Ahmedabad, to support local innovation. The innovation centre will enable startups and entrepreneurs to build smart city and IoT-based solutions.

The Center will include a dedicated space to demonstrate IoT in action, and creates a place in which customers, startups, open communities, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts are invited to work and brainstorm on new ideas and technologies.

Cisco and GIFT will deploy Smart City applications in the GIFT City campus, including public Wi-Fi, smart parking, smart transport, traffic analytics, Remote Expert Government Services (REGS), smart kiosk, smart environmental sensors along with City Digital Platform (CDP).

The smart city project will have a City Command and Control Center (C-4) to monitor and manage the City’s applications and utilities with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Cisco aims to tie up with local ecosystem solution providers to build a scalable model for the rollout of city services across the area. This project will utilize Cisco’s expertise in IoT, mobile technology and applications, cloud computing and data analytics. Cisco will also engage with ecosystem partners to develop new applications specifically for GIFT.

Dinesh Malkani, president, Cisco India, said: “Digitization and innovation are the key drivers of the Indian economy, leading to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.”