IBM’s smart city technology has been selected by the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) to help cities across India become more sustainable by improving efficiencies in their transportation, energy and water management systems.
The tech giant and the DMICDC have completed a digital management plan for Dighi Port Industrial Area, Maharashtra, that incorporates clean water, energy, transportation, public safety, education and healthcare. The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) infrastructure program aims to develop new industrial cities as “smart cities” spanning across six states in India.
The IBM-developed Integrated Communication Technology (ICT) Master Plan provides a futuristic roadmap for the area including the use of technology to deliver services to business and citizens such as monitoring energy consumption, traffic visualization, improved water management and enhanced public safety. Using IBM’s smarter cities software, the plan allows essential key services of the city to be managed more effectively using smart devices, sensors and intelligent communications. Large amounts of big data streaming from these devices will be connected to a central command center where city administrators can record and respond to events quickly and in a more coordinated manner.
The roadmap also makes recommendations to help DMICDC find ways to reduce costs, power usage, increase efficiency and improve quality of management across the township.
Last month, IBM inked an agreement with the city of Da Nang, Vietnam, which will use the company’s technology to manage its water and transportation infrastructure.
IBM and Cisco are the top smart city suppliers, positioned to become global leaders in the market, Navigant Research said in a July report. The firm forecasts that the global smart city technology market will grow from $6.1 billion in annual revenue in 2012 to $20.2 billion by 2020.
IBM’s smart city technology and products play a key role in its broader “smarter planet” strategy. The company’s continued investment in research and development, products and city engagement makes it a leader in the field, the report says.