India’s Smart Cities Mission Spurs Domestic Manufacturing
India’s Smart Cities Mission Spurs Domestic Manufacturing

Oct 05, 2018

In 2015, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi created the Smart Cities Mission Program, an urban improvement initiative. 100 Indian cities were selected to participate in the project after a competitive process that compared funding with each city’s individual ability to comply with the program and reach its goals. The mission aims to improve city amenities and services throughout India and prepare for an urban population explosion that’s expected to render huge growth in Indian cities in the coming decades. This growth has already begun; an estimated 1M people move into urban areas throughout India every single month.

The initiative’s main goal is to improve the quality of life for citizens on the city level. This includes improving public and private transportation, creating energy-efficient public structures, protecting the environment, and improving local government services. The initiative emphasizes creating self-sustaining modern development that will allow for a high population to live well with access to modern technology and renewable energy. [1]

Below are examples of how technology has been used for these projects:

  • Handling Emergencies: Developing flood monitors and emergency notification systems to provide better emergency response solutions and times.
  • Improving Transportation: Implementing systems for public transportation tracking, such as online monitoring and GPS-guided vehicles, improves traffic and reduces accidents.
  • Monitoring Air Quality: Tracking local air quality to prevent exposure to harmful pollutants.
  • Protecting Property: Using GPS devices installed in public structures, like garbage cans and lighting fixtures, to record data and send it to a city hub for surveillance.

As of May 2018, more than 1K projects had either begun or been fully completed at a local level, with a net worth of more than $7B (506B rupees). This program has opened new opportunities for India’s manufacturers with new technologies and amenities, especially ones that incorporate IoT (internet of things) applications. Businesses in India now have the ability to branch into new avenues, partnering with companies in technology, engineering, and construction. Partnerships with Indian companies are also prioritized, and city employment has increased. [2]

Need for IoT Technology Expands

By 2025, 34 cities worldwide will have a population of more than 10 million people. To handle this growth, smart cities using IoT applications are being developed around the world. This technology generates data to help cities use their resources more efficiently. Presently, Asia-Pacific is the region accounting for the largest share of smart city and IoT development spending. China’s government has already selected over 200 cities to initiate smart city projects. Europe also strives to have 300 smart cities by next year, spending at least 1B Euro; 78 cities in Europe have already undertaken smart city development. And in the USA, $41T will be invested over the next 20 years to upgrade city infrastructure by increasing IoT applications. Our team is excited about the growth of Smart Cities worldwide and the creation of IoT applications. [3,4]

We recently created eco-friendly inverter controller boards for air conditioners that reduce normal power consumption by up to 50%. We also designed printed circuit boards for internal pollution monitors used to control pollutants emitted within power facilities and power supply enclosures that ensure extended electrical availability in remote areas. We’ve also started making and co-creating smart street lighting, solar power systems, and garbage collection. We hope to contribute our engineering expertise to create new products that will benefit humanity and our environment. [5,6,7]

Backed by 40 Years of Expertise

We contribute our 40 years of design and manufacturing expertise spanning multiple diverse markets. We look forward to discussing how we can deliver world-class products for OEMs across the globe. We understand our home Indian market, familiar with its vast regulatory and selling environments. We foster growth opportunities within India through our strong technology incubation ecosystem. We also assist global OEMs in entering the Indian market by leveraging the local supply chain and favorable operating environments for cost reductions.

Our flagship Chennai location opened in 2006 and lies within a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for electronics manufacturing, offering economic incentives for imports and exports. This primary facility is within 90 minutes of the Chennai seaport and 20 minutes to the international airport. Additional road and rail connectivity links to the rest of India and beyond and infrastructure advantages with faster import and export clearances. We also have labor force flexibility, both technical and manual, to scale to demand rapidly.

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