Smart Cities, Rurban Population!

Hardik Agarwal
Published in
3 min readMay 13, 2021

“Smart Habitation is an integrated area of villages and a city working in harmony and where the rural and urban divide has reduced to a thin line.”

Late Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Smart City, an amalgamation of technologies!

Smart City Mission was launched as competition in the year 2015 where the state governments were asked to nominate the cities to take part. The administration was then further asked to submit the details and plans called SCP’s they had for cities and after proper analyzing the top 100 cities were selected to be a part of the Smart City Mission. The mission was provided with adequate funds and was to be completed between 2019 and 2023.

Smart, as defined by Google, means clean, tidy, well dressed and an intelligent person and talking about the smart cities, I believe it’s an amalgamation of technology with ancient culture trying to recuperate itself and catering to the growing mix of the Rurban Population.

Smartphones enabling smart technology making it easier to build smart cities!

A smart city does not have a universal meaning. According to the Smart Cities Mission statement, such metropolitan communities must have all the central amenities necessary for people to have a good quality of life while still having a low environmental impact. Beyond these fundamental requirements, certain cities must also have reliable information technology access, which will allow citizen engagement in city affairs and better municipal governance.

For global firms providing smart city services, the Indian initiative offers a unique opportunity to invest in a rapidly growing market. Today, all the countries across the globe are moving forward towards the smart city mission and leading among them are Barcelona, Helsinki, Toronto, Singapore and San Francisco because they have the resources and expertise to be good business partners and navigators of the public interest. But the challenges and opportunities for smart cities in developing countries like India are that they are urbanizing at a dizzying pace — need to focus more on the basics: clean and reliable energy, safe and secure streets, transparency and citizen engagement.

Tall buildings and skyscrapers do not define a smart city.

Technology plays a vital role in building and developing a smart city and the framework is predominantly composed of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Artificial Intelligence and IoT, to develop, deploy, and promote sustainable development practices. A big part of these frameworks is essentially an intelligent network of connected objects and machines that transmit data using wireless technology and the cloud.

Startups like KasperTech are today the backbone in developing a smart nation!

Start-ups today are playing a pivotal role in the field of technology which is the base for Smart City Mission. Various startups including KasperTech have come up with ideas to design programs that make the city smarter and safer using technologies like AI, ICT and IoT. The day is not far when with the help of start-ups and technology, India will be on rising again!

The vision behind India’s smart cities of building a green, sustainable and resilient futuristic infrastructure is one of its kind. The technology and the youth of the nation working hand in hand will make the mission successful, and this is what we here at KasperTech believe too!

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