Developing digitised urban environment for better connectivity

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Developing digital urban infrastructure is the need of the hour because of the 1.3 billion people in India, about 30% of the population currently lives in cities, a number equal to the entire population of the US. It is estimated that by 2031, the urban population will rise to 60 million.

Vinayak Bhavnani, CEO, Co-founder, Zophop believes that with rapid urbanisation in the country, and expanding city limits across urban areas, there is a growing need for smart transport systems. Hence, there is an urgent need for effective infrastructure for public transport, and this is why India needs smarter mobility solutions at the earliest.

The other need is to develop the main component of urban infrastructure the public transport. Building a smarter system for urban mobility is imperative to the creation of smarter cities.

The Smart India Mission by the Government of India is the most important scheme related to the development and up-gradation of small towns and developing urban spaces of India. As part of the initiative, the government will also provide a funding of INR 50,802 crore to upgrade the selected cities over a five-year period from 2015 to 2020.

Technology which plays a vital role in the transformation of an urban space. Today, more and more digital start-ups provide urban mobility solutions through mobile applications to commuters and assist them with planning their daily intra-city travels.

In addition, passenger information systems provide commuters using public transport, with real-time information.

With digital technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT), the consumers get the best of both world both physical and virtual and offer consumers a seamless mobility navigating through a complex transport system.

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