India's first smart city takes shape in Gujarat

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  1. Nicky G

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    India's first smart city takes shape in Gujarat

    12 billion USD, that's a lot. A hundred of these cities mean investment of over a trillion dollars. :shocked:

    Focus on the financial sector interesting.

    So a million new jobs. Again, 100 of these means 100 M new jobs. Awesome. :thumb:
     
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    WTF is a smart city anyway. A city with a fast internet connection ?

    Everywhere you go in South-East Asia and especially India - you hear this buzz-word "smart city".
    In Malaysia you have the "multimedia corridor" which was supposed to be Malaysia's version of Silicon Valley.
    Today it is nothing more than a bunch of empty fancy office buildings and mostly filled with government offices.

    In Cochin, Kerala - they have been talking about the so-called Smart City project for almost 1.5 decades, and till now there is barely squat.
    But that is Kerala which is another planet of its own.

    My point is this buzzword is thrown around without any real understanding of what it is or should be.
     
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    There is no standard definition for smart city anyways, unless atleast a couple gets built we may not know the indian definition of smart city. it is also true that it takes atleast 10 ten years to build a full fledged one.
    Lot has been said about this GIFT city but the fact is only two buildings show up in google maps.
     
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    Read up on the IoT (Internet of Things) - the next big thing in technology. It is the future. A world of interconnected devices which talk to each other and to humans, through cloud-based portals, smartphones, etc.

    A smart city is a city that is built from the ground up, to incorporate technology into the very city's design. A network of sensors at various locations (bus stops, buses, road traffic junctions, etc.) constantly sends information to the cloud, which enables intelligent traffic management, rerouting, easy access of information to citizens, etc. Sensors and interconnected computing will change the way the human race leads life - imagine your refrigerator automatically detecting that you are running out of milk, and places an order online!!

    Of course, it will take time to reach those levels. But in general, a smart city is a city that is built for IoT applications from the ground up. Not sure how scrupulously Indian smart cities will follow this principle. But that's what the principle is.
     
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    Smart city - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

     
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    I like the plan ..
     
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    This is first? I thought already a few were in progress
     
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    Sir, there are two different projects GIFT City and Dholera SIR.

    Dholera SIR will be huge.

     
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    To over-simplify it, you'd have hard of smart homes / home automation where various devices talk to each other and enable a better experience for the user. Take that and amplify it to the level of a city. Its essentially M2M (Machine to machine) communication that leverages analytics to be 'smart'. Various aspects of a city are linked and optimized.

    Its not just India or SE Asia, have a look:

    Amsterdam Smart City

    Telcos are betting big time on this. Cisco seems to be all over this.
     
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    No. Smart Cities =! Smart Homes where everything is interconnected and most tasks are automated.
    Today's vision of smart city focus mainly on to provide eco-sustainable, self-sufficient livelihood for it's residents. The public transport facilities, buildings and other infrastructure should be environmentally benign, energy efficient and use clean fuel.
     
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    GIFT city cannot be taken as a definition of smart city because it is not built as city for people to live in, rather it is a large business centre with facility for employees's families to reside in. That too not all employees will be able to get a place to stay with in the city. Most of them will be living in Ahmedabad or Gandhi Nagar.

    There are some property market videos confirming what I said above.
     
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    People are totally confused about IOT and Smart City.

    Both are buzzwords that are over-hyped.

    IOT is simply about connecting sensors at home and work with the aim of making life easier.
    Again its hype is I think much bigger than its potential. I don't think IOT is going to be a huge game changer.
    I don't think people want their refrigerator automatically ordering the groceries. It may have some potential when it comes to health-monitoring and preventive medicine

    This reminds me about AI a few decades ago.......people were predicting that AI will do all kinds of things that never came to pass.
     

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