The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched an ambitious program for the development of 100 Smart Cities aimed at catalyzing investments in holistic infrastructure and services, development of integrated approaches to problem solving, promotion of co-creation and bottom-up innovation using technology, and creation of sustainable outcomes by espousing the circular economy and participatory processes built around communities.
The total investment expected in these cities over a period of 5 years from the date of their selection is expected to be around US$ 30 billion.
Smart Cities, among their many objectives, are evolving as connected, livable, energy efficient, adaptive and resilient cities through deployment of smart solutions.
Smart City projects have been conceptualized through a comprehensive process of citizen engagement and hence are very contextual, relevant to the city’s needs. The resulting outputs/outcomes are therefore quite different for each city, with each city investing in applications, infrastructure, and services that meet hopes and aspirations of their citizens and stakeholders.
The initial implementations have started to show positive results on ground. However, they are largely independent, created in vertical silos, with limited standardization of software components or their interfaces or the underlying data models. Data created by a specific application is usually available only to that application and cannot be leveraged more broadly. This limits the ability to gain broader insights from the enormous data generated within each project & department, for use between various stakeholders within the city and across different cities.
As an approach to solving these challenges, MoHUA has announced initiation of a research project led by Prof Bharadwaj Amrutur at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore titled “India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX), an open source software platform aimed at enabling cities to harness full potential of the enormous data being generated in our smart cities.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, is working with a broad set of institutions consisting of industry, government agencies, start-ups, entrepreneurs, other academia and research organizations, to develop the first specifications and reference implementation of IUDX.
IUDX: Stake holders collaboration