More than 50 decision makers from nearly 30 smart cities participated in the Smart City Solutions Workshop to draw out concrete ideas for improving infrastructure and services in India. Triangulum was also presented as a best practice by the project’s coordinator Damian Wagner.
Fraunhofer in association with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany, the Indian Ministry of Urban Development, the Government of India, and the National Institute of Urban Affairs organised an Indo-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 funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Participation at the smart city solutions workshop included government representatives from more than 31 Indian cities, 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) of the German Embassy in New Delhi. Shri Anupam Mishra, Economic Advisor of the Ministry of Urban Development and the Government of India, and Mr Jagan Shah, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs. Mr. Ambitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog delivered the keynote speech at the closing session of the workshop and responded to the suggestions and outcomes of the deliberations.
The objective of the workshop was to share the best practices and expertise in smart solutions and models as gained through the Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative which is backed up by a Consortium of more than 40 partners from industry, NGO, government and research institutions. The Morgenstadt Initiative is coordinated by Fraunhofer and includes already several smart city labs and initiatives across Europe, as well as in Asia and Latin America. The workshop was divided into three main sessions – Smart Energy & Water Session, Smart Mobility & ICT and Smart Governance & Management System, it also included 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.
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