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Mar 30 2016   11:37PM GMT

Smart Cities – What it Needs to be – IoT Developments in Asia

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

Internet of Things
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A number of good initiatives building smart cities are in progress.

Japan and China in Asian Region spearhead the Smart Cities drive.

There have been a number of good initiatives undertaken by various countries in Asian Region in respect to building smart cities. Japan and China have already taken a lead in this regard by already building few in their respective countries. India is not far away in this race. A lot of initiatives have already in progress. A number of good initiatives building smart cities are in progress in India. India has to cover a wide gap as Japan and China in Asian Region spearhead the smart cities drive.

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The biggest challenge for IoT is that it requires an uninterrupted communication. Most of the Asian countries face the brunt of it having a sub-standard infrastructure in this regard. India is among these countries facing a lot of disruptions from various fronts – Socioeconomic, Political, Social, and Technology wise. There is a wide gap in creating a cutting-edge governance model and technology infrastructure. A full heartedly initiative is required by governments (State and Central) to actively participate in the drive in a structured manner. Lacking smart cities in place will keep a far distant dream of a smart nation in dark and away from reality. A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model will work best-provided governments stay an active part of it. Initiatives being taken in isolation will not result in fruitful results and there will be a lot of repetitions. This will further result in frustration, funds & time crunch.

The simple concept is to engage a large number of stakeholders holding their expertise in respective areas. This has to happen at a micro level in a very clean manner. There has to be a governance body to oversee at the macro level each and every step being taken in this regard. Governing agency has to comprise of sub-agencies for vigilance, guidance and technology layouts. These initiatives for Smart Cities must be taken as projects with clear goals, strategies and processes in place.

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