Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Cisco partners with Bangalore companies on smart city rollout

Iain Morris
July 8, 2014
US network equipment giant Cisco is to roll out smart city technology in the Indian city of Bangalore allowing authorities and local companies to provide smart street lighting and other energy-saving services.

The smart-city project is to form part of a strategic engagement between Cisco and Bangalore’s Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA), which comprises 180 companies operating in Bangalore and generating about a quarter of India’s electronics software and hardware exports.

The collaboration is designed to spur the development and subsequent adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and services, said Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) in a statement.

Cisco plans to provide network infrastructure and expertise for the testing and production of IoT-based smart city services, including smart parking, smart CCTV surveillance, smart street lighting, smart water management and community messaging.

The project is to make use of Cisco’s Wi-Fi technology, while ELCIA will also embed Cisco network equipment – including access points, routers and switches – in a fiber-optic backbone network in Bangalore.

The smart city technology will first be rolled out in Electronics City – an industrial estate in Bangalore that is home to the ELCIA – before being extended into other neighborhoods.

Companies involved in the project are to gain access to so-called “boot strap funding” through Cisco’s IoT Innovation Fund, provided – says the company – they can provide details of a strong idea for new IoT product development and a commercially viable business case.

Cisco says the focus of the smart city work will be to deploy “digitally enabled transportation, healthcare, education, utilities, energy grid and real estate”.

“This partnering with Cisco Systems will provide an opportunity for ELCIA … to innovate and develop products and software applications that could be deployed in real world smart city projects across India and emerging countries that could help optimize city infrastructure management functions,” said Aruna Newton, ELCIA’s president. “This project will also help ELCIA contribute towards the national objective to place India as a prominent member on the global electronic manufacturing … map.”
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