More than 50 decisionmakers from nearly 30 smart cities participate in the Smart city solutions workshop and draw out concrete ideas for improving infrastructure and services.
Fraunhofer in association with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany,Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, and National Institute of Urban Affairs and organised aIndo-German Smart City Solutions Workshop on 9th May in New Delhi. The workshop was organised as a part of the Indo German cooperation on Smart Cities and Urban Infrastructure which has committed support to Kochi, Coimbatore, and Bhubaneshwar.
Participation at the Smart city solutionsworkshop included Government representatives from more than 31 Indian States, senior policy makers and bureaucrats who are major stakeholders and decision makers in the implementation of various Government initiated Smart City projects in India.
The workshop also witnessed the participation of experts and dignitaries such as Dr. Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) German Embassy New Delhi. Shri. Anupam Mishra, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India., and Mr Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs.Mr. Ambitabh Kant, CEO NitiAayogdelivered the keynote speech at the closing session of the workshop and responded to the suggestions and outcomes of the deliberations.
he objective of the Workshop was to share the best practices and expertise in smart solutions and models as gained through “Morgenstadt Initiative (Future Cities Initiative) which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and implemented by a Consortium of more than 40 partners from Industry, NGO, Government, and research institutions. The Consortium was coordinated by Fraunhofer and has already several Smart City labs and Initiatives across Europe.
The workshop was divided into three main sessions – Smart Energy & Water Session, Smart Mobility & ICT and Smart Governance & Management System, it alsoincluded sessions on topics like Smart Water Management, Financing Models for Indian Smart Cities, Sustainable Energy Systems for Smart Cities and Energy and Building amongst others. The lectures were followed by interactive Q&A sessions. In addition to the workshop, information on specific technologies was also displayed.
Mr. Ambitabh Kant, CEO NitiAayog stressed on the imperative need for high technology on Smart City solutions for India. He said, “Rapid urbanisation is putting a strain on the infrastructure, environment and social fabric of cities and to overcome this accelerating expansion, India will approach countries like Germany and adapt the high quality of engineering technology that it hasto offer to India to leap fromand overcome the alarming challenge of urbanisation. Investments will be required to stabilise, augment as well as build a robust urban infrastructure‘
“Finding solutions for sustainable, energy-efficient and liveable cities is not a task for one nation alone; it requires international collaboration. This is why the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has launched an international research marketing campaign under the title “Shaping the Future – Building the City of tomorrow”. The workshop organised by Fraunhofer Society is part of this campaign. I am glad that Fraunhofer takes such an active role in this important field.India and Germany are strategic partners. Germany has a lot to offer when it comes to creating smart and thriving cities. Building the cities of tomorrow is an enormous global challenge that India and Germany will tackle jointly. A joint Indo-German Working Group on Urbanization has been formed. Moreover, within India’s Smart Cities Mission, Germany is lending support to three Indian cities: Bhubaneshwar, Kochi and Coimbatore”Dr. Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), German Embassy New Delhi
Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India, reiterated the commitment of Fraunhofer to India’s growth story. “Fraunhofer has been at the forefront of Innovation and Technology for more than 6 decades with a strong global footprint. The “Morgenstadt” or Future Cities Initiative coordinated by Fraunhofer and funded by the German Govt has enriched the Consortium partners coming from Industry, Research and City Administration with immense experiences from activities in countries across Europe and also resulted in tools/mechanisms for preparing and implementing smart city initiatives This workshop will focus on the best practices and experiences gained through the Morgenstadt Programme so that Indian administrators, and decision makers from Smart Cities can get a headstart and exposure into practices around the world. The fact that more than 30 Indian cities have confirmed their participation for this event underscores the importance and relevance of this Initiative “, she said.
Damian Wagner, Senior Project Manager Smart Cities and coordinator of the Initiative at Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Germany, highlights: “Smart Cities in India are currently seeing great opportunity but are also facing very complex challenges facing new technological, multi-sectoral – shifts within a highly dynamic environment. Thus, a solid expertise about technologies, financial instruments and the comprehensive development of implementation strategies & processes will be key to implementing India’s 100 smart city mission.”