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Dell launches smart cities initiative by collaborating with Indian startups

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Dell recently announced the foundation of the Smart City Partner Ecosystem, a network of organizations with technology expertise to address the Smart City opportunity in India. This network brings together players offering different solutions and capabilities that will help in execution of Smart Cities & IoT projects. Currently, the network has 12 partners, with more coming on board. Together, this partner ecosystem will jointly go to market with end-to-end offerings to aid India’s next phase of growth.

The government’s ambitious ‘100 Smart Cities’ program aims at addressing the infrastructure gap to make cities more livable, besides enhancing the business and investment climate. Central and State governments are making significant investments in innovative Smart City programs to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.

The solutions to develop and execute smart cities’ projects can broadly be categorized as:
· Applications, for delivery and monitoring of services to citizens such as garbage tracking, energy management, traffic management etc.
· Digital Infrastructure, which is the foundation upon which applications can run; such as compute, storage, data centers, virtualization, network etc.

Smart Cities need superior digital architects and digital infrastructure to ensure proper planning and execution. They also rely heavily on a solid digital foundation and smart data management. Having implemented and executed several projects globally, Dell is able to bring global best practices to India, as well as customize solutions to match Indian necessities. With several systems in place to make a city smart, it is also important to have the right devices for consumption of these services. Dell’s wide range of PCs and laptops provide citizens with the right devices for consumption of these services.

Ravinder P Singh, Director – IoT, Smart Cities, Digitization, Dell India said, “India is currently undergoing a massive transformation to become a digitally enabled nation; and technology is at heart of this digital transformation. The Smart Cities project is a tremendous opportunity. While Dell has the competencies to develop a strong digital blueprint and foundation for smart cities, our partners bring expertise of applications for enablement of smart services. I welcome our partners and look forward to work with them to help India’s metamorphosis into a future-ready economy.”

Dell’s new partner ecosystem has varied, cross functional solutions to cater to Smart City requirements such as:
· Garbage Tracking and Monitoring
· Smart City Operations tracking & control
· Smart Video Analytics
· Intelligent Traffic management
· Smart Water, Grid management
· Public transport & Traffic Optimization tools, Free flow traffic management
· Hazard & Emergency Management
· City wide Surveillance Management
· Smart Street Lighting Management
· Smart City Command and Control Management
· Smart Holistic Water Distribution Solutions & Meter Management.
· Smart Energy Automation and Metering Infrastructure solutions

Partners’ solutions will be certified on Dell Infrastructure to ensure end to end compatibility. Organizations that have already registered to be part of this smart city partner ecosystem are:

Brillio (focused on creating innovative digital experiences, digital technologies and big data analytics), Comvision (a one-stop shop for traffic optimization and intelligent transportation needs), Fluentgrid (a company enabling transformation of utilities, communities and cities through its mPower software suite), iRam Technologies (simplifying home automation solutions through Internet of Things), Megasoft (focused on high volume transaction processing in Mobile enablement, IOT, Cloud and Cyber Security Technologies), REI Systems (focused on turnkey, web-enabled Smart City IT solutions), Rubenius (provides the solution, funding and execution of utility efficiency projects in energy, water and public lighting including innovative Smart Poles), Secutech Automation (for delivering Smart & Energy Efficient Infrastructure with Smart City Monitoring & Analytics), Teleste (a company that offers end-to-end video surveillance products and solutions, and high level Command & Control integration of various sub-systems for Smart Cities), VideoNetics (focused on design, development and provision of uber modern surveillance products), Webrosoft (provides mobile/cloud based solutions to monitor city cleaning and maintenance operations) and WinGlobal Tek (A Technology Company with businesses across Design Services, Embedded & FPGA Development, IoT , Industrial Automation, Wireless Solutions & Product Representation).

Puneet Gupta, CTO of Brillio said, “Our first-class digital technology capabilities, coupled with superior capabilities in IoT solutions and Big-Data Analytics, gives us a distinct edge in Dell’s Smart City Partner Ecosystem. We have aligned with Dell in several core areas and are very excited to actively contribute to smart city and Digital India initiatives.

“We partnered with Dell as Dell has a strong technology brand and a wider reach. Dell’s leadership in cloud technologies and Webrosoft’s cloud based app, CRAMAT, provide a Smart City operator with end – to – end operations tracking and monitoring expertise. I am sure with this partnership we could be a vendor of choice for upcoming Smart Cities” said Jaskirat Singh, CEO Webrosoft.


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