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India to block any self-driving vehicles that enter the country

India doesn’t want anything to do with self-driving vehicles. The highway and transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, told reporters that he wouldn’t let driverless cars take away jobs. “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have […]

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Honeywell bets big on India’s smart city growth

American technology giant Honeywell is boosting its focus on the growing smart cities segment in India. The Times of India recently featured comments by Honeywell executives that highlighted India’s increasing role in the N.J.-based company’s future strategy. Specifically, India is a prime target for Honeywell’s newly formed Home and Building Technologies (HBT) division. The HBT […]

India hopeful Trump will continue US support of smart cities

Though Donald Trump has yet to move into the White House, smart city projects in India have already been discussed with his transition team. Business Insider mentioned that discussions have been held between Trump representatives and other government parties over U.S. plans to help develop three Indian smart cities. The Obama administration previously signed a memorandum […]

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Get My Parking launches smart city pilot in India

Studies of traffic congestion regularly point much blame at cars circling for parking. To tackle this perennial problem, Get My Parking is joining a smart city initiative to launch a smart parking pilot in India. As reported in Firstpost, the Delhi-based startup’s technology is being tested in government smart city initiatives. “We are getting a […]

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Cisco aims to hook up 100 smart cities in India

U.S. networking hardware giant Cisco Systems is looking to transform 100 Indian metropolises into smart cities with connected technology. Economic Times says Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins confirmed his company’s commitment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative. He said that Cisco is currently working with state governments to digitally transform 14 cities, and that’s just the […]

India inks tech-leveraging smart city pact with Russia

India signed a deal with Russia over the cooperation of smart city initiatives and the use of IT technology from Russian companies. As reported by the Times of India, Russia and India signed the Memorandum of Understanding against the backdrop of bilateral talks between the two countries. The MOU was signed in Goa, where Russian […]

How to translate German tech for Indian consumers

Blaupunkt, a German tech firm focused on cars and consumer electronics, is moving into the mobile market with mobile accessories followed by its own smartphone and tablet offerings. These products, which are expected to launch as early as the next year, are going to be made available in the large and already-crowded Indian market. For German tech, why […]

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Architects need to be at the smart city table

As more cities start to look into smart, renewable, and pedestrian designs, architects must be available and willing to help the mission, said chairman of the Indian Institute of Architects, Sanjay Goel. Speaking at the Indian Institute of Architects Ludhiana Center (IIALC) for World Habitat Day, Goel and other speakers mentioned the importance of the […]

Could global smart cities be funded by U.S.-style muni bonds?

While enthusiasm for smart city initiatives is not hard to find in India, project financing is. But a U.S.-style municipal bond market could be the solution. In an article on The Wire, two economists argue that smart city plans in India desperately need to develop sources of private financing to become reality. “One predominant feature […]

India’s mass of small family firms could miss the IIoT revolution

Few of India’s myriad family businesses have adopted any advanced manufacturing technologies like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). And worse, most don’t plan to in the future. An article by Live Mint discusses the results of a recent survey by Tata Strategic Management Group and industry lobby group Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce […]

Industrial IoT and energy efficiency will slash carbon emissions

As a developing country and an emerging economic powerhouse, India has a large number of heavy industries and increasingly depends upon the expansion of such industries for greater economic growth. Over the next few decades, as the government’s “Made in India” initiative gains momentum, there shall be a greater reliance on industry to provide employment […]

India pushes smart city collaboration among BRICs countries

A senior Indian official is pushing for greater smart city collaboration among the group of countries knows as BRICS. As reported in the Indian Express, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje recently spoke as the BRICS Smart Cities Conference in Jaipur, India. The acronym BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Raje’s presentation […]

India expanding internet infrastructure to ride the IoT wave

India’s IT minister sees a big future in Internet of Things (IoT), and is expanding the country’s internet infrastructure to capitalize on it. An article by India’s dna covered IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s remarks at a recent IoT conference organized by the country’s National Association of Software and Services Companies. “As per Gartner, IoT […]

Can future smart cities feed their citizens with smart food?

While many smart city initiatives focus on modernizing infrastructure, citizens still must eat food largely produced in archaic and unsustainable ways. An article in the Business Standard discussed the smart city food paradox with Saahil Parekh, co-founder of Khetify, an organization promoting urban farming in India. “The idea of smart cities is incomplete without smart […]

Can India pass the smart laws needed for smart cities?

While India’s central government trumpeted plans to develop 100 smart cities around the country, there are concerns about the lack of a legal framework to manage and regulate these transformed cities. An article in the Business Standard raised questions around India’s smart city strategy, announced last year. The complexity of transforming into a smart city […]

Is Jaipur India’s smartest city?

In January this year, India’s central government announced the first list of 20 cities that have been identified for development as smart cities, part of government plans to develop 100 Smart Cities by the end of 2022. The plans came about in part, via the Smart Cities Challenge funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Government of India launched this challenge […]