GCC planning to upgrade Chennai to digital smart city

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Greater Chennai Corporation is mulling to give Chennai’s smart city project a boost, digitally. To enhance its online profile, the corporation is planning to set up a Command and Control Centre (CCC), a system that will supply real-time information on the status of civic utilities in the city. This information can be accessed by those browsing the dedicated website or smartphone app.

Based on the smart city handbook of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, CCC will be set up for the smart city area of T Nagar with the scope of expanding to cover the whole city, said officials in the corporation.

Once introduced, the system will rely on a network of sensors and cameras, fitted at public spaces and on civic utilities in the smart city area, to gather live feed. For instance, a GPS-tagged conservancy compactor will relay information about its movement and a sensor-fitted garbage bin will notify the level of trash in it and how many times in a day it has been cleared. Likewise, a sensor on a streetlight can indicate its functional status and a traffic CCTV camera will provide information on traffic movement or violations to the officer manning the feed at the CCC headquarters.

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a government of India agency under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, will help the corporation set up the system. Initial discussion held between C-DAC and the special projects cell of the corporation.

“C-DAC Chennai will assist the corporation in upgrading its infrastructure. CCC will link all its departments and provide a quick overview of their services. The data collected can be presented to the user (citizens) in the form of charts, maps, graphs, statistics etc,” said an official with C-DAC Chennai, which is one of the empanelled smart city solution providers of the Ministry of Urban Development.