With the Indian Government announcing its intent to build smart cities across India at an investment of Rs 7,060 crore, the Sm@rt Cities Summit 2014 took off at Mumbais Hotel Four Seasons in India on August 22-23, 2014, featuring 50 speakers, over 300 delegates and eight high-powered sessions. Organised by ASAPP Media Information Group, the two-day summit provided a focused knowledge-sharing platform and offered a unique opportunity for stakeholders in the development of smart cities - architects, developers, designers, city planners, technology providers, policy makers, captains of industry - to exchange ideas and foster new integrated approaches in India. In his welcome address, Pratap Padode, Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, ASAPP Media Information Group, said, "Going by the state of cities in India today, smart cities, rather than being a novel idea, make a mandatory agenda for the country. At the same time, it is important to bring in accountability to implement various policies. The development of 100 smart cities in India will create engines of growth for the country." This set the tone for the sessions that followed. Day 2 saw exhaustive discussions on various factors contributing to the development of smart cities, including smart mobility, smart utilities, smart security and smart energy.
The session What is Smart City? discussed the holistic approach to smart cities from ecological, environmental, technological and social perspectives. According to Karuna Gopal, President, Futuristic Cities, "The need of the hour is to have a healthy combination of both technology and design elements to realise the huge potential of smart cities."
With the focus being Urban Planning-Designing and Execution, the discussion was based on how the design and management of urban infrastructure for defence, energy generation and distribution, healthcare, housing, and transportation represent a significant challenge for planners and architects, especially in Asia.
This session on Smart Buildings discussed various aspects to develop smarter buildings that are sustainable and self-sufficient, especially green building and smart grid technologies and green lighting technologies.
Is India Smart City Ready?, an engaging session, offered insights into how a top-down approach in spelling out the vision and a bottom-up approach in implementation are essential while executing the concept of smart cities.
This session on Smart Mobility discussed the emergence of new technologies for moving towards sustainable mobility along with allied aspects such as mobility for innovative cities, smart mobility solutions, intelligent transport systems, keys for public transport, parking solutions, etc.
Focused on Smart Utilities, this session discussed innovative, smart and sustainable solutions for day-to-day utilities such as water management systems, smart power grids, waste management solutions, waste to energy processing solutions, smart utilities for innovative cities, etc.
This session, Smart Security, deliberated upon city services for emergencies and securities and disaster management, among others. Joachim Lonien, Team Manager Business Development, DIN (Germany), provided a global perspective on standardisation for smart cities and observed, "It is high time India became a member of a related international standard committee to tackle interoperability issues, among others."
The last session on Smart Energy touched upon key points including energy management, smart grid and energy-efficiency, renewable and energy storage, smart cities as engines of sustainable development, reducing energy needs and environmental impact, etc.
As the curtains came down after two days of intense ideation, the participants of the summit went back with plenty of insights and opportunities in the Indian construction sector.
SM@RT CITIES SUMMIT
Day 1 (August 22, 2014)
Day 2 (August 23, 2014)
Launchpad presentations interspersed between Day 1 and Day 2 sessions
View insights from eminent speakers at www.constructionworld.in/smartcitiessummit