There have been numerous advancements in city planning methodologies over the last couple of decades — perhaps few were debated as enthusiastically and vigorously as the Smart City model.
I’m a city boy, born and raised in the heart of London, England. While I can enjoy a peaceful walk in the countryside or the charm of a rural community, I’ve always appreciated the advantages of a big city lifestyle. But there’s always room for improvement.
What does the perfect city environment look like? Is urban utopia — the most livable modern metropolis — an achievable notion on a grand scale?
Developers and communities in Toronto, Canada, the Delhi Mumbai Industrial corridor in India, and the City of Guayaquil in Ecuador are now placing Cisco and its certified partners at the heart of their urban planning initiatives.
As competition between cities for talent, business, investment and tourism increases, city leaders see a growing role for technology to enable the development of communities that champion social, environmental and economic sustainability.
Urban Development in the 21st Century
A Smart+Connected Community is designed with technology at the center to improve the efficient management of city operations — and the development and delivery of new services to citizens.
City leaders and urban planners around the world are increasingly identifying IT and the network as integral parts of their urban development efforts, and today several announced that they have chosen Cisco to design their information and communications technology (ICT) master plans.
In the following video, Anil Menon, president, Globalisation and Smart+Connected Communities, outlines how Cisco S+CC Advisory Services are at the heart of city and community developments around the world.
Examples of ICT Master Plan Projects
In India, the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Company (DMICDC) has selected Cisco S+CC Advisory Services to develop the ICT master plan for two pilot cities in the $90 billion flagship public sector infrastructure project.
The entire scope of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) will consist of 24 cities in total, spanning six states in India. The DMIC’s key focus is to create a global manufacturing and trading hub through smart and socially inclusive cities that take advantage of world-class digital infrastructure.
The city of Guayaquil in Ecuador has adopted Cisco Emerging Solutions Advisory Services to develop a scalable ICT master plan for its “Digital Guayquil” project. With a metropolitan population of 2.5 million, Guayaquil is aiming to improve the quality of life for citizens by using the network to offer municipality services such as healthcare, education and e-government.
As an important hub for tourists traveling to the Galapagos Island, the city also intends to address safety and security by implementing a unified command and control center.
Cisco is engaging Striwyn Group Inc. in Toronto, Canada as the company builds a state-of-the-art commercial and residential development, named Centrium, in the North York district of the city. The 40,000 square-meter development will include residential units, ample commercial space and a new hotel, and will use the network as a platform for converged building systems.
This flexible, scalable, high-performance building will also serve as the template for the future design, construction and management of mixed use real estate.