|By Business Wire||
|December 11, 2013 07:30 PM EST||
Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition to advance smart city development and innovation, announced today that they are opening a new regional chapter in India. The Council’s membership of leading businesses in areas such as smart energy, water and transportation demonstrates that collaboration can create real solutions for the growing urban challenges of today.
India is the first regional chapter of the Global Smart Cities Council. A forum held today in Bangalore – Cities of the Future: Smart and Sustainable – marked the launch of the collaboration.
The new chapter is a major milestone in developing cities to operate at their greatest potential with a balance of livability, workability and sustainability. With a population expected to reach 590 million by 2030, nearly twice that of the United States, Indian cities are poised to experience tremendous pressure on urban infrastructure and key public services. Additionally, its rapidly growing economy makes it an obvious location to leverage information and communications technology to help cities on a global scale.
“The Smart Cities Council provides cities with the resources to assess their ability to innovate. Our Partners and Advisors across the globe will help set priorities and begin implementation for city development,” said Smart Cities Council Executive Director Jim Whittaker. “We are fortunate to partner with the Centre for Sustainable Development; this unique collaboration marries our expertise with a world renowned organization whose knowledge and understanding of India’s issues and challenges will benefit every city in India.”
The Centre for Sustainable Development is a non-profit organization located in the City of Bangalore, the IT and knowledge capital of India. Led by a distinguished Board, they promote sustainable development through programs that engage diverse stakeholders and build capacity to achieve sustainability across sectors.
“The aligning goals of the Centre for Sustainable Development and the Smart Cities Council made it an obvious partnership for us,” said Dr. A. Ravindra, Chairman of the Centre for Sustainable Development. “Our missions, skills, activities and expertise mutually reinforce each other. Together, we can clearly envision a collaboration that will shape the agenda of smart cities in India.”
Since the Smart Cities Council was formed in 2012, nearly 20 leading global companies have joined, including IBM, Bechtel, Grid2020, MasterCard and Microsoft. In addition, over 50 of the world’s leading universities, national laboratories, standards bodies, climate advocacy groups, and development banks act as the Advisory Board. Brigade Group has already consented to be a partner in Smart City Council India.
The Council is a response to rapidly growing cities and a lack of coordination to build or expand urban infrastructure that utilizes technology to work efficiently across an entire city. To address these barriers, the Council recently released version 1.0 of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide, the first comprehensive, vendor-neutral smart city handbook for city leaders and planners. Designed with input from its partners and advisors, the Guide enables city leaders around the globe to assess their current state of technology and readiness to become a smart city.
Companies interested in joining this distinguished organization are encouraged to contact the Council.
About Smart Cities Council – India
Smart Cities Council - India (SCC-I) is an initiative of the Centre for Sustainable Development, a non-profit organization engaged in promoting sustainability across sectors, in association with Smart Cities Council, USA. Located in Bangalore, the IT and Knowledge capital of India, SCC-I will work in collaboration with SCC, USA, in its endeavor to build a global network of smart cities.