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Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority to tap tech for smart BKC

According to reports, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to implement the smart city project in Bandra-Kurla Complex that will entail better management of energy, provision of user-friendly applications and enhanced security.

In the first phase of the project, MMRDA plans to concentrate on wi-fi connectivity, energy-efficient street lighting, mobile-enabled parking spot locator, smart security and a visitor-friendly portal.

“We have appointed Accenture as the consultant for the project,” a senior MMRDA official said. “It is expected to submit in a month its report on the use of technology, its cost and the implementation of the project.”

The official said that street lighting would be taken up first for an energy efficient BKC.

“Photovoltaic panels will be place placed above the poles to generate power and link it to the grid,” the official said. “This can also help us gain carbon credit because of use of green energy. There are plans to have an almanac-based system so that the brightness of the street light can get adjusted as required.”

Another important concept is the use of an application to identify parking space.

“Parking is a major issue on days when there are exhibitions organized in BKC,” the official said. “In the smart city concept, as soon as the motorist enters BKC he will be to identify the available parking spot on his mobile phone.”

The project also includes video analytics-based CCTV surveillance system.

“In the present system, the police are able to watch the images post facto,” he said. “However, in video analytics-based system, an alert will be sent as soon as there is any suspicious movement.”

He said the citizen portal facility would be of great help, especially for tourists and first-time visitors.

“If the user needs to locate a cafeteria or a hospital, he will be able to do so,” the official said.

The official said a decision was yet to be taken on whether the wi-fi facility should be offered through hot spots or the entire BKC should be linked.

An official said the smart city concept may be introduced in Wadala as well after a while.

“The BKC smart city scheme will be taken up as a pilot project for six months,” the official said. “Depending on the feedback and response, a decision will be taken on implementing it in other parts of the city as well.”

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