Nov 12
A Smarter Delhi
A Smarter Delhi
DELHITES can now look forward to a safer, swifter and cleaner city. This is due to the commissioning of a state-of-the-art Integrated Command & Control Centre (ICCC) that L&T’s Smart World & Communication vertical has built for the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). The ICCC has been operational since March this year but was formally inaugurated on 11 September by Delhi’s Lt Governor, Mr Anil Baijal, through video conferencing in the presence of Lok Sabha MP Ms Meenakshi Lekhi.
The ICCC was initiated by the Central government as part of NDMC’s Smart City Project, and has been set up in the NDMC headquarters at Palika Kendra on Sansad Marg. During the lockdown, the sophisticated facility was fully functional and enabled the authorities to take measures to curb the spread of COVID. 
The prime objectives of the ICCC are to use smart technology to improve governance, enhance safety and security and offer citizens a better quality of life. Utilising IoT-based technology, it operates on a robust ICT infrastructure that supports digital applications and will ensure seamless operations, surveillance, emergency response, real-time tracking of services and vital city metrics throughout NDMC’s jurisdiction. The smart technologies put to use will also help spread public service messages and empower the police in efficient maintaining of law and order. 
The integrated data and the customisable analysis can now be viewed 24X7 on the surveillance monitors at the ICCC and is accessible through a single dashboard. This makes real-time monitoring and efficient delivery possible across 30-odd services like crime control, quick disaster response, solid waste management, parking slot allocation, issue of birth/death certificates, crowd management and pollution control, etc.
An interesting feature is the acoustic sensors installed on roadside poles at arterial and vulnerable locations across NDMC area. This will help in tackling crimes involving firearms or explosives by way of identifying the source of such sounds in real-time. As regards people’s daily needs, garbage collection will now become far more efficient, as L&T will be integrating 900+ RFID dustbins, 52 smart bins fitted with level sensors, and 67 collection vehicles across the NDMC’s jurisdiction.
“With this new-age ICCC, we are now better equipped to achieve the primary objective of improving the life of the citizens,” says NDMC chairman Mr Dharmendra, IAS. “It will enhance the efficiency of the capital’s civic services like waste, traffic and streetlight management, real-time surveillance and emergency responses across government authorities by integrating all the applications and systems that we employ, thereby ensuring faster and informed decision making.”
L&T has so far rolled out smart technology solutions in more than 20 cities across India. “We have brought to the table our experience of having successfully executed several smart solutions across Indian cities to develop a facility tailored to the specific demands of the NDMC,” explains Mr J D Patil, L&T’s Whole Time Director & Sr EVP - Defence & Smart Technologies.


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