Experts and government delegates call for a collaborative approach to building future-ready sustainable and smart cities at the 4th Smart Cities India 2018 expo
Discussions among speakers in various conferences emphasised the challenges and opportunities ahead for adoption of smart technologies, battling climate and pollution issues, and holistic improvement of citizen’s quality of life
As per the 2011 Census, 31 percent of the population lives in urban areas, and by 2030, 50 percent of India’s population would reside in urban areas. This will create a massive need for intelligent urban transport networks, smart energy, safe and secured public spaces, upgraded water supply, waste disposal facilities, and environmentally compatible buildings.
The 4th Smart Cities India 2018 expo, which was held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from 23rd to 25th May, featured some of the most prominent leaders and experts discussing ways to harness technology to make the next generation of urban spaces resilient, sustainable, and inclusive. Organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the NASSCOM Centre of Excellence – IoT and Exhibitions India Group, the 4th Smart Cities India 2018 expo co-locates five major verticals that make up our smart city framework – buildings, solar, smart cities, transport and water. The state-of-the-art exhibition floor enabled participants to explore the latest smart city projects and technologies, products, services, design, and solutions that fit urban lifestyles and needs perfectly.
Commenting on the vision behind the event, Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, said, “The 4th Smart Cities India 2018 expo aims to empower cities and collectivise urban innovation.
The expo shared insights and priorities that support investment, innovation and growth in order to establish India as a global hub for smart city skills and knowledge and technology. We are extremely proud of organising an event of such importance for the future, and look forward to facilitating the kind of synergy and collaboration we need to begin planning for a sustainable future for our citizens in earnest.”
ABOUT 4TH SMART CITIES INDIA 2018 EXPO
Bringing five expos – Buildings India expo, Solar India expo, Transport India expo, Smart Cities India expo and Water India expo – under one roof, the vision of the 4th Smart Cities India 2018 expo is to help develop attractive and safe cities that evoke pride, passion and a sense of belonging among citizens.
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ABOUT INDIA TRADE PROMOTION ORGANISATION (ITPO)
ITPO, the premier trade promotion agency of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India is committed to showcase excellence achieved by the country in diverse fields, especially trade and commerce. ITPO provides a wide spectrum of services to trade and industry, and acts as a catalyst for growth of India’s trade.
About NASSCOM Centre of Excellence – IoT
NASSCOM CoE – IoT was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2015 as part of the Digital India campaign. The Centre of Excellence is a joint initiative of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Education and Research Network (ERNET) and NASSCOM.
From the many known speakers and delegates who attended the expo, some of them were Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs, Dr. Namrita Kalsi, Joint GM, DMRC, India, Mr. Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO – YES BANK, and Chairman – YES Global Institute, Mr. Georg Jahnsen, Urban Planner, GIZ, India, Mr. Peter Vangsbo, Business Developer Director, EIT
Climate, Denmark, Ms. Shonali Rastogi, Founder Partner, Morphogenesis, Shri V. Umashankar, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Gurugram & Additional CEO, GDMA, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, Hon’ble Minister of State for Rural Development, Government of India.
The last day of the three-day expo also saw the Smart Cities India Awards, an annual event designed to felicitate, recognise and encourage individuals, policy makers, companies, government bodies and associations working towards developing over 100 smart cities and rejuvenating 500 cities in India. The Smart Village Conclave served as a platform to bring together village heads (pradhans, sarpanches), MPs, innovators, influencers, NGOs, etc., working towards developing smart villages in India.
ABOUT EXHIBITIONS INDIA GROUP
Exhibitions India Group is a trade promotion organization creating opportunities for investments, joint ventures and technology transfers. Exhibitions India Group acts as an interface between businesses, government, academia, society, media, etc. Exhibitions India Group has been in existence since 1987, and is committed to providing satisfaction to its customers by organizing quality and focused international trade shows through exceptional services, employee involvement, market intelligence and continual improvement.
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