Smart City for Better Future

Smart Cities Mission is gaining a lot of attention due to the advantageous effects it will bring to India. Honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has announced the renewal and retrofitting sketch for hundred cities for now, which involves making cities digitally-equipped, citizen-friendly, environmentally sustainable and technologically advanced.

The first step for cities to prepare a robust infrastructure, offer a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment, is to quickly and efficiently gather information from multiple sources, including location information, and make it transparent so businesses and citizens alike can benefit from it. Smart decisions are based on insight into not only how and when but also where problems occur. Core city elements such as utilities (water, power, telecom), sanitation (solid waste management), transportation, housing, environment, public safety and security, health and education are all networked spatially and subject to constant change. In process of developing smart city, there are various technologies that play an important role, beginning from sensors, IOT, BIM, communication network and geospatial intelligence

Considering the role of Geospatial Technology, in smart city development, followings are the key areas where space-based technology has a pivotal role to play.

1. City Planning and Design

For city planning, including road, railways, settlement etc, we need updated maps which can be derived from satellite data and to process the satellite data Hexagon Geospatial provides the tools which not only process the data but also helps in creating 3D terrain map of city, which helps in Flood Mapping, Land-Use planning, Sewage Planning, Storm Water planning, Green Field development etc.  Hexagon Geospatial solutions equip city planners and designers with the necessary analytical tools to deal with managing complex challenges in a smart city environment.

2. City Operations and Maintenance

For effective operations of the city, real-time information of city asset is of prime importance, by integrating real-time dynamic data from multiple sensors, Hexagon Geospatial’s Power Portfolio and M.App Portfolio solutions assist cities in the management of their spatially distributed assets, resources, networks, and incidents, all fully integrated with other city systems. Through effective control of resources, Hexagon Geospatial, technologies help smart cities with revenue management and other activities.

3. City Monitoring and Improvement:

Powerful analytics and reporting capabilities of the Power Portfolio and M.App Portfolio from Hexagon facilitate dynamic monitoring of city elements in a spatial context to offer timely information for corrective and preventive actions. Hexagon’s modeling and change detection tools help cities identify and analyze change which helps in the process of city governance and civic planning and can identify additional revenue opportunities.

 4. City Collaboration and Citizen Engagement:

Citizen engagement and swift action on the feedback/request from citizens is one of the prime attributes of Smart Cities. Hexagon Geospatial solutions equip smart cities with a robust platform to share and disseminate city information and proactively engage with its citizens while embracing the dynamic changes across the city in real-time. Hexagon Geospatial versatile technology supports multiple platforms, including cloud, web, mobile and social, in addition to traditional desktop and intranet platforms.

All Hexagon Geospatial solutions aid local government, municipalities, and urban local bodies to transform raw data into actionable intelligence – Beginning from data capture, Data Preparation, Data Dissemination, Date Share, and Citizen Engagement to the creation of meaningful location analytics dashboards.

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[…] Transportation: The traffic situation vary from city to city, time to time and day to day. This is a very dynamic information to be analyzed. The GIS system can identify the road conditions or road network but predicting an unknown behavior like accident or traffic congestion etc. needs a sophisticated processing of dynamic data from the factors involved. AI fused with GIS can help predict weather conditions, flow of traffic, information about time etc. to. It can surely provide vital contribution in development of smart cities. […]

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