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DILIP VERMA, REGIONAL VP, INDIA // AUGUST 02, 2019
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (a department of the Government of India) revealed the top 100 Smart Cities in the country, in the execution of its Smart Cities Mission. The highest scoring cities were Nagpur and Ahmedabad, and in addition to being the two leading smart cities in a country that has been a global pioneer in the field, they also have in common the use of Qognify’s Safe & Smart City solution.
Approximately 31% of India’s population reside in cities, contributing in the region of 63% to its GDP, with these figures set to rise significantly in the next ten years. In response, the Government of India launched its five-year Smart Cities Mission on June 25, 2015 announced by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The aim was to ‘drive economic growth and improve the quality of life for people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.’
A consequence of this ground-breaking government-led initiative, has been the emergence of India as the world leader in the smart transformation of urban environments. Qognify is proud to have been on this journey within the country for setting up city operations control centers.
It all began in 2010, when Delhi was to host the Commonwealth Games. Delhi Police needed a way to fuse data from multiple systems and sensors, dispersed across 45 sites throughout the city, including sporting venues, metro stations, markets and police stations. The success of this project paved the way for other cities throughout the country to choose Qognify’s Safe & Smart City Solution to help meet their smart city ambitions.
In September 2014, Qognify announced that it was working on a project with Nanded, a city with over half a million citizens and a booming tourist trade, attracted by its historical and religious significance. This announcement was followed by a project with the city of Kolhapur, whereby the Safe & Smart City Solution was deployed to increase security and safety, as well as help manage traffic, emergency communications and other vital aspects that create a smarter and safer city. Commenting at the time, the Kolhapur Municipal Commissioner stated that: “The deployment of the Qognify solution is key to our efforts in making Kolhapur a better place to live.”
Then in early 2017, Qognify confirmed an exciting project with Navi Mumbai (a new city built to handle the population overflow from Mumbai), for which it won a GSN Most Notable Critical Infrastructure Protection Program award. Mr. Soma Vijayakumar of CIDCO (the agency established for managing the city) commented that: “The Navi Mumbai security program goes far beyond a CCTV system. It is a smart solution that integrates video, emergency response, traffic control, license plate identification and more. Qognify is the core important element of this platform, providing a solution which is among the most modern and advanced available anywhere.”
Today, more than 20 projects in India, including the top ranking Nagpur and Ahmedabad, rely on Qognify and the company is the recognized market leader. Now the company is looking to the next stage in the evolution of urban environments, and on August 22, it will be present at the 5th National Summit on 100 Smart Cities India 2019 at The LaLiT in New Dehli.
At the summit, Qognify will set the challenge and provide the pathway for cities in India to begin their journey from a smart to a cognitive cities, where technology and human intelligence combine to improve efficiency and resilience, foster community, drive innovation and prosperity for the government, citizens, visitors and organizations that use it.
To attend the summit and learn more about the shift from safe to smart and cognitive cities in India, register now at: http://www.bharatexhibitions.com/en/100SCI2019