The India Mobile Congress 2018 will be held on 25th-27th October 2018 at Aerocity, New Delhi, and it promises to be an extravaganza unlike any other. With participants, visitors, experts, governmental representatives and guests from all over the world confirmed, the IMC 2018 is already making news as South Asia’s biggest technology event. The theme of this year’s India Mobile Congress is ‘New Digital Horizons. Connect. Create. Innovate’. The gala event will focus on future technologies such as smart cities, AI, robotics,AR/VR, 5G and IoT. A plenary session on Smart Cities Mission will be a highlight.

The true spirit of any technological development lies in improving human experience. Peel away all the glitz, glamour and excitement and you will find that at the heart of all digital technologies and developments is one simple motive: to make things better, faster and easier. We’ve seen endless inventions and innovations designed to meet specialized needs in the most niche manners possible; it was only a matter of time before the creators decided to stop moving from task to task and look at the big picture: make the entirety of the living experience easy. And so, smart cities were born.

What Is A Smart City?

A smart city is a city that collects electronic data through sensor networks in order to use its resources and assets well. These sensor networks get information from data collection sensors including devices, assets, citizens and embedded sensor networks across public infrastructure. The purpose of these networks is to collect, collate, categorize, analyze, interpret and distribute the data so that public assets may be properly monitored, used, optimized and improved as needed. Smart cities work using the Internet of Things: all the sensors, systems, devices, assets, citizens and administrators are connected via the IoT and digital communication technologies are used to transmit and relay information across the network.

Smart cities are designed to help administrators maximize asset productivity and improve the standard of living by keeping track of resources and assets such as information systems, law enforcement agencies and practices, emergency assistance systems, transportation and traffic systems, power plants, utilities, water supply systems, waste management systems, schools, hospitals, libraries and other public infrastructure. At the India Mobile Congress 2018 administrators and experts will discuss the potential of smart cities and what to expect.

What Are The Benefits Of Smart Cities?

The advantages of a smart city can be inferred from its operational purposes:

• Administrators can stay connected with the citizens.
• Officials receive an up-to-date view of public assets, infrastructure and people, allowing them to make informed decisions and better future policy plans.
• Resource consumption is reduced through efficient usage.
• Overall costs and expenses are reduced through smart planning.
• Assets are constantly monitored so needs for repairs, replacements and upgrades are rapidly realized and addressed.
• The overall quality and efficiency of urban areas is increased.
Smart cities are better equipped to respond to emergencies and unexpected developments thanks to the real-time communication.
• Prioritizing efficient function and waste reduction makes smart cities more environmentally responsible.
• Smart cities are safer: a) the scope for risks and accidents is mitigated through smart planning and b) the response is faster and more efficient.
• Overarching values of governance and democracy are augmented through enhanced engagement between the government and its citizenry. E-governance systems such as Digital India and BharatNet make administration and public engagement a more enriched experience for all.

At the IMC 2018 industry and political leaders will discuss all the ways in which smart city life will be an improvement upon traditional urban living and what the common person can expect from the future of public life and administration.

What Is The Smart Cities Mission of India?

A key point of discussion at the IMC 2018 will be the Smart Cities Mission. The Smart Cities Mission is an initiative of the Government of India with the aim to make 100 cities in India more citizen-friendly, developed and efficient. The plan to upgrade selected urban areas will be overseen by the Union Ministry of Urban Development. The idea is to improve select areas within the chosen 100 cities and remake them in the image of an ideal city plan as designed by the government. The goal is to achieve a diffusion effect of sorts whereby the enhanced efficiency of the smart cities impacts areas around it, inducing development and progress by setting an example.

Smart Cities Mission India Mobile Congress

The topic of smart cities mission, with a special emphasis on the future of smart cities in India will be a key theme at the India Mobile Congress 2018. On 25th October 2018, a conference on the theme ‘Smart Cities: Automating The Way We Live’ will be held between 15:30 and 16:30 hours at Hall A of the India Mobile Congress. The list of panelists include:

1)Mr. Guang Lu, CTO, Industry Solution, Southern East Asia Enterprise Business, Huawei

2) Mr. Anil Chaudhry Country, President, India & Managing Director,  India, Schneider Electric S.E.

3) Mr. C. P. Gurnani, Managing Director, Tech Mahindra

4) Mr. Vinit Goenka, Member, Governing Council-CRIS, Min of Railways; Member-IT Taskforce, Ministries of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways

The India Mobile Congress 2018 is the biggest event of its kind to garner the support of the Indian government. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi will preside over the inauguration ceremony and will be joined by Minister for Communications Shri Manoj Sinha and other government officials. To learn more about smart cities and other future technologies and developments, log onto and reserve your attendance today!

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