Jaipur, one of India’s most popular global travel destinations, will now embrace the benefits of connectivity and digitisation to transform itself into a smart city. The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has chosen to develop smart city infrastructures that will improve the efficiency and quality of services received by its 3.5 million residents and over 40 million tourists who visit the city every year. With this launch, Jaipur becomes one of the first state capitals in India to showcase a comprehensive roadmap to become a world-class smart city.
JDA will set up the digital infrastructure to offer citizens amenities including connected transport, interactive kiosks, wireless broadband, safety and security services, traffic management and environmental updates. The organisation will install an urban platform of sensors which allows for the sharing of information, giving added value to citizens. JDA will also set up a Command and Control Centre as well as a Response Control Room to manage the city with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
The Digital India program of the government is focused on the digital empowerment of citizens, where infrastructure will be offered as a utility to every citizen, governance and services would be on demand, and citizens would be digitally empowered.
Speaking at the launch of this project, Shikhar Agarwal, Commissioner of Jaipur Development Authority, said, “Jaipur is one of the most historic and culturally rich cities in the country, and at close to 300 years old also one of the oldest. This initiative will be an amalgamation where the old meets the new that will not only improve the lives of citizens, but will also make Jaipur a smart city showcase for the millions of visitors who visit India every year. We are happy to have Cisco on board for this transformative project and are certain that we will benefit from the experience and expertise Cisco brings through the numerous smart city projects they have undertaken globally.”
Purushottam Kaushik, Managing Director, Sales, Growth Verticals, Cisco India & SAARC, said, “We are excited to work with JDA to help enable a city as historic as Jaipur become one of the first and most ambitious city-wide brownfield smart city projects in India. We have pioneered the concept of smart cities through our Smart+Connected Communities™ and have the experience of working on similar brownfield projects in Barcelona and Hamburg. We look forward to working closely with the Jaipur Development Authority and bring in the best practices and learnings to help develop Jaipur as a world-class smart city.”