Under the joint umbrella of the European Science, Technology and Innovation Platform in India (EU STI Platform) and the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH), Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA), BayIND (Bavarian-Indian Centre), Fraunhofer India and EU STI, will conduct an international workshop on ‘Smart City: Mobility, Infrastructure and Energy’ at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Indiranagar, Bangalore, on September 16.
This workshop is part of a series of pre-events leading to the German House for Research and Innovation (www.dwih.in) annual conference CityScapes, which will take place between September 29th and October 1st, 2016 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
The workshop is jointly organised by the EU STI Platform, which was launched in early 2013 under the New INDIGO initiative and is currently funded under the INDIGO POLICY initiative, and is an FP7 project (www.indigoprojects.eu). The Platform (www.eustiplatform.com) has been formed by a group of India-based European organisations to:
• Enable sharing of information, knowledge and experiences among the members;
• Increase their collective and individual visibility;
• Act as a single point of entry for industries and public organisations wanting to establish themselves in India.
Concept of the workshop
The concept of smart cities has been well received in both research and policy practice. While it actually encompasses a variety of approaches, the common overarching theme is to look at urban challenges from an integral perspective, to foster sustainability and to explore the opportunities that communication technology offers. It is viewed as a solution for cities to better cope with key societal challenges like energy transition, mobility and social innovation through extensive and effective use of big data and IT. This, in turn, calls for new modes of ‘smart’ planning, design and governance, with the active involvement of a wide diversity of public, private and citizens’ organizations.
In India, the Smart Cities Mission represents an urban renewal and retrofitting program by the Government with a mission to develop 100 cities all over the country making them citizen-friendly and sustainable.
Several European Member States have already signed MOUs to collaborate on specific planned cities; European scientists continue joint research; European companies and startups are partnering with Indian firms and government agencies for innovative technology transfer.
This workshop will focus on Mobility, Infrastructure and Energy aspects of smart cities and aims at identifying opportunities for EU stakeholders to collaborate with the Indian government on the implementation of its Smart Cities plan.
- Better understanding of opportunities for EU-India collaboration in the field of mobility, infrastructure and energy to support India’s Smart Cities plan
- Strengthen existing EU-India collaborations for the design of Smart Cities
- Improved articulation of the added value of Germany and EU-level collaboration with India’s Smart Cities Mission
- Relationship building among participants
With growing population and the phenomenal rise of private motor vehicle in cities, the ability to move easily has become a major problem. The focus in this session would be on identifying smart mobility options, and the following questions would be taken up for discussion: (i) How can private automobile dependency be reduced and public transportation systems strengthened? (ii) What role can disruptive technologies play in improving mobility? (iii) How can the various public transportation modes be integrated for hassle-free travel? (iv) In which way can vehicular emissions be brought down? What should be the main features of a transportation plan for cities?
The benefits of development and prosperity are not reaching deprived sections of the society in cities due to which there is a growing gap between the rich and the poor. Safety and security of vulnerable communities, including women, is also a major concern. In this session, the following questions would be discussed: (i) How can cities be made inclusive so that people can reap the benefits of urbanisation? (ii) Which strategies can help in improving the quality of life of slum dwellers, including their access to affordable housing and basic services? (iii) How can we create more livelihood opportunities for the poor and guarantee them equal rights? (iv) How can we ensure public safety and security in cities?
Urban Infrastructure Planning and Design
Cities in developing countries exhibit numerous physical infrastructure deficiencies. This session will examine the issues related to urban infrastructure planning and discuss the following questions: (i) How can we plan and design sustainable infrastructure to meet the current and future demand? (ii) How can we improve the sanitary conditions in cities?
India’s urban population is increasing rapidly, with almost half of India’s population projected to live in cities by 2030. In this context, there is a need to design cities with new ecosystems of services in the field of energy. In this session the following questions will be discussed: (i) How can we develop the use of clean energy? (ii) How can we improve citizens’ access to electricity?
BayIND (Bavarian-Indian Centre), Fraunhofer India and IGCC
EU STI and Friedrich Naumann Foundation