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NEC to drive Indian smart city project

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, is one of 100 cities selected in the third round of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ smart city mission.

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NEC will help convert Thiruvananthapuram into a smart city
NEC will help convert Thiruvananthapuram into a smart city

Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited (SCTL) has awarded the contract to convert Thiruvananthapuram into a smart city to NEC Corporation India.

 

The capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala is among 100 smart cities selected in the third round of the smart cities challenge under the Government of India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ Smart City Mission.

 

Smart city projects

 

SCTL is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) incorporated by Thiruvananthapuram to plan, design, implement, coordinate and monitor the smart city projects in the city.

 

NEC said it will help SCTL to create an integrated command and control centre (ICCC) and bring various departments together to work as a single unit. It will also help SCTL utilise information technology to modernise key functions of city operations including traffic management, traffic control, traffic law enforcement, security and safety, e-governance, municipal operations, and information dissemination to build well-informed, connected, smart and smooth city-wide operations for citizens of the city.

 

“As an organisation that has been at the helm of delivering turnkey projects for the central and state governments, NEC has had the opportunity to work with the state of Kerala in the public safety domain previously,” said Aalok Kumar, president and CEO of NEC Corporation India.

 

“This new project win reflects our commitment to co-creating solutions of the future with the Government [which] aims to create a seamless and robust city infrastructure. NEC, with our expertise in designing and implementing smart city projects around the world, will continue to innovate and deliver new solutions that benefit cities and their residents as we navigate the booming digital economy.”

 

NEC said its ICCC software will also be integrated with the city’s contact centre, mobile app, existing state and city helpline numbers, and with e-governance solutions such as property tax, and healthcare.

“This new project win reflects our commitment to co-creating solutions of the future with the Government [which] aims to create a seamless and robust city infrastructure”

According to NEC, it will serve as a decision support engine for city administrators in daily operations as well as during emergencies.

 

NEC will work towards integrating all the smart components at the centralised command and control centre with the integrated operations and dashboard. This software platform will act as the centralised integration point for various departments under the smart city ambit.

 

Some of the key highlights of the project besides the ICCC platform, NEC reports, include a one city mobile app, e-governance application support, integrated transit management, a smart parking management solution, environmental sensor monitoring system and smart water management.

 

In India, as the master system integrator, NEC claims to have successfully implemented “large and complex” ICT smart city transformation projects in cities like Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Hubballi-Dharwad, Kalyan Dombivali and Gurugram.

 

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