Exclusive Q&A With : Sai Pratyush, Additional Vice President, Product Management, Managed Services, Enterprise, Tata
Updated on: 02 Jul 2016
In an interaction with Voice&Data, Sai Pratyush, Additional Vice President, Product Management, Managed Services, Enterprise, Tata Teleservices, threw some light on how the company is helping in building smart cities and about the recent global advances in technologies. Excerpts
Voice&Data: What opportunities and challenges do you see in the smart cities space in India?
Sai Pratyush: According to a McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, India's urban population is projected to increase from 340 mn in 2008 to 590 mn in 2030. Recently, the Government of India announced its intention to set up 100 smart cities across the country. This decision of the government opens up a huge opportunity for businesses in every aspect of the smart city implementation; whether it's smart city planning, project execution or city management.
At Tata Teleservices, we are excited about the opportunity as we believe that ICT will be the key enabler for smart cities. Smart cities are all about integration, coordination, and synergistic functioning of different participants of the smart city ecosystem.
At the same time—the smart city projects will encompass a host of smaller solutions depending on the issues which a particular State Government or Municipal Corporation wishes to address. The definition and implementation of these projects will differ and that's where the biggest challenge will lie. There is no one-size fits-all solutions, it has to be bespoke solution depending on the scope defined for the project. Internet of Things (IoTs) applications using connectivity, big data and analytics are enabling smart city initiatives all over the world including India. Any IoT solution comprises sensors, devices connectivity and the application layer. Complexities will arise because no one supplier would be in a position to provide all components of the solutions and in case of issues it will be difficult to assign responsibility.
Government agencies will need to look at standardization and a common platform based approach to ensure that all these solutions come together in a seamless manner.
Voice&Data: As a technology provider, how is your company helping in building smart cities? Can you mention your key areas of specialization?