Shristinagar: An upcoming smart city by Shristi Housing Development Ltd
Broadly speaking, a smart city uses technology to deliver civic services efficiently. The concept of smart city is the key to combining a sustainable future with continued economic growth and job creation. What makes a city is smart is that the solutions must all be integrated and multi-functional. A smart city is characterized by a high level of fluid mobility which allows people, information, capital and energy to flow together easily.
Smart city can be defined as a city that strategically utilizes many smart solutions such as information technology and communication infrastructure to increase the city's sustainable economic growth with judicious management of resources natural or otherwise, strengthen the city functions and provide its citizens' with a high quality of life.
The core theme behind the concept of 'smart city' is efficiency. A smart city offers an improvement on today's cities in both functional and structural terms. It uses Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a building block for its infrastructure.
Smart city can be seen as a system of systems. Several independent systems combine to form meta-systems which combine to become sub-systems. This interpolation of countless independent systems requires open data source and standardization between all platforms to lead to smart city architecture. At the subsystem level, a lack of openness limits the scope of a smart city, and a lack of standardization increases the costs of a city's construction. Without these aspects, a smart city project quickly becomes cumbrous and expensive.
As a result of its service-driven ICT infrastructure, a smart city's relationship with its citizens is what distinguishes it most from a traditional city. The governance of traditional cities cannot respond to changing economic, cultural and social contexts in the way that smart-city services can. Driven by ICT-supported services, smart cities are relatively more considerate of people; responding attentively to citizens' preferences, and relying on the city's inhabitants to identify the most needed improvements to city services. A smart city is a human-centric city, constantly adapting its behavior in response to that of its citizens – the ICT users constantly interacting with city infrastructure and services.
Governments all over the world are promoting development work and coming up with smart cities. Some of such examples are Vienna, Amsterdam, Dubai, Seoul, Stockholm, Chicago, and Barcelona. All these cities differ in their planning and are catered to solve the issues pertaining to each.
We at M2M Cybernetics Private Limited, together with the support of SREI and Shristi Development, are working towards several such small-scale to large-scale projects in various parts of India.