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NEC signs MoU to help Andhra Pradesh develop safe city

Steve Rogerson
August 5, 2015
Tokyo-based NEC has signed a memorandum of understanding with AP Technology Services to collaborate in the areas of information technology for smart city initiatives in India. AP develops IT, electronics and communications services and is a wholly owned state company of Andhra Pradesh.
The MoU was signed at an official ceremony in Japan in the presence of Yosuke Takagi, state minister of economy, trade and industry in Japan, and Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.
Under the agreement, NEC will work in collaboration with AP in designing and implementing the Safe City Project at Tirupati, India. The core focus of the project will be making the city more secure and safer for its citizens through technological innovations. NEC will support AP in implementing the project in Tirupati along with creating an environment that is attractive to investors by providing leading technologies, including facial recognition systems and automated fingerprint identification systems.
As part of the project, both parties have agreed to explore collaboration in a range of areas, including cyber security in response to increasing cyber threats in India, as well as smart transportation for the bus rapid transit sector to improve operational efficiency and increase passenger satisfaction by using the latest ICT products.
NEC will also look at the possibility of establishing a centre of excellence and a development centre that could assist with R&D and capacity building and offer consulting on a wide variety of technological projects.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to work closely with the Andhra Pradesh government in contributing to the state’s vision of creating a better society and a safe habitat for its citizens,” said Koichiro Koide, managing director of NEC in India. “We are confident that NEC’s technological capabilities, global experience and local understanding, in partnership with AP, will bring new value to the safe city projects in Andhra Pradesh.”
Leveraging the experience gained in this project, NEC aims to provide similar services and to contribute to additional smart and safe city projects throughout India.
Andhra Pradesh is in south-east India and is the country’s eighth largest state.