While the importance of the Smart City Mission (SCM), which has more than 5,000 projects worth over `2 lakh crore at various stages of implementation (as of May 10, 2019), for the country’s urban future is obvious, less known is the key role the Internet of Things (IoT) is playing in its execution.
By providing a platform to handle large volumes of sensor-based data, the IoT can ensure that billions of digital devices interact with each other and respond to changing urban-scapes, improving in the process the standards of urban living.
That there has been a significant increase in the pace of movement of SCM projects in the last 15 months—tenders have grown by 365% and implementation by 324%—means the use of IoT in urban projects is likely to grow sharply in the coming years. As per official data, about 3,500 smart city projects worth
1.32 lakh crore have been put out to tender, 2,572 projects worth87,000 crore have been grounded, and 863 projects worth
`14,500 crore have been completed so far…