Safety Infrastructure Is Key To The Success Of Smart Cities Concept
Pretty soon we will all be living in smart cities. While the government continues to sell the smart cities dream not many know what it really offers to them. While the focus on better civic management and a robust infrastructure remains integral to the smart city plan, one aspect that must not be ignored is safety.
Transport is one of the major cause of concerns when it comes to safety. With India experiencing extreme weather conditions in many parts, a systematic plan for such tricky times is much needed. How can anyone forget the deluge in Mumbai caused by sudden torrential rains? Transport planning must be a part of urban development of any smart city. Not only do residents need enough options for their daily commute in terms of public transport but also crisis management.
Law and order is also an important aspect in the development of a city. Many businesses expand and thrive solely on the basis of how easy and safe it is to conduct one's business in the city. This leads to more job opportunities and in turn opens up the real estate market of the area both for commercial needs as well as residential. Singapore lately was listed among the top ten cities in the world to adhere to the rule of law as per the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index. It is the only Asian country to have made to the top list.
Political uncertainty too can take a heavy toll on the development of infrastructure. In Hyderabad political uncertainty cast a cloud over the market. While buyers kept waiting for a price correction delays in infrastructure projects further pushed the city into a business slump and recession.
The Uttar Pradesh Police has zeroed down on the Intergraph Computer-Aided Dispatch (I/CAD) that will form the basis for the largest police emergency response system in India, and possibly the largest in the world, serving 220 million people.
“This robust platform will help us cope more efficiently with the demands of our dispatching operations and field units in 75 districts. Our citizens will also have quicker access and connectivity to emergency services,” said Anil Agrawal, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of Uttar Pradesh Police. “It will take us less time to respond and reach distressed citizens without delay. In this way, we can better manage and uphold law and order in the state.”
Information and communication technology is one of the crucial aspects that would bring India a step closer to being 'Smart'. When Smart Cities were announced, stakeholders propagated the heavy dependency on technology. In no time, every aspect of our life would be data driven and for the better. Data can be banked to address emergency issues before they happen and not just real-time. In Houston, The Regional Risk and Critical Infrastructure Protection Program coordinates between the local police and security at an event spot. This datacasting via radio waves helps improve situational awareness.
Sustainability and civic-mindedness makes sure that one is preserving for the future. This means a safety net for the resources a city has. Very recently, Singapore government ran a car-free programme to allow the public an opportunity to enjoy a clutter free experience in the city centre. Similar initiatives in India could work to cure Indian cities of the nuisance that air pollution causes.
But we do have model cities too. Check out this effort by the Bengaluru City Police and the Bengaluru City Traffic Police.
Many other city police departments have followed Bengaluru police in making their city connected and safe. It does not require a lot of money to build a safety infrastructure every time. Going 'Smart' is perhaps easy besides being integral.