Honeywell has announced that it is working with the Aurangabad Industrial Township Ltd. and Faridabad Smart City Ltd. to run cities more effectively and improve citizens’ living standards through smart building technologies and services that seamlessly connect an array of city services, including emergency response, traffic management, road congestion, crowd monitoring, pedestrian safety and crime prevention.
The Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC) and Faridabad smart city project were inaugurated earlier in September by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Smart Cities Mission aims to use technology to improve the quality of life of residents as well as drive economic growth in 100 cities across India.
Akshay Bellare, President, Honeywell India said, “Honeywell is proud to support the 100 Smart Cities initiative. Our Internet of Things-enabled technologies use real-time data to make the cities of AURIC and Faridabad safer and more sustainable. We look forward to continuing to partner with federal, state and local authorities to develop Smart Cities in India and globally.”
In AURIC, Honeywell has established an optical fiber cable network that covers 8.45 sq. km to support the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, Wi-Fi access points and a centralised state-of-the-art command and control system that will integrate various functions of city management including power, water, security, telecommunications and other utilities. The project will also include a traffic management system, environmental sensors, solar panels, multi-service digital kiosks, and a solid waste management system.
For the Faridabad project, Honeywell has supplied, installed, tested and commissioned a command and control system, and is supplying a CCTV surveillance system, automatic number plate recognition cameras, a facial recognition system, a red-light violation detection system, an adaptive traffic control system, IoT sensors for smart parking and smart roads, and cybersecurity.
According to the UN, India will add 416 million people to its urban areas, and India’s urban population will exceed its rural population by the end of 2050. KPMG predicts an investment of $1 trillion by 2030 to upgrade the Indian urban infrastructure and indicated that India is expected to be the third largest construction market globally by 2030. The steady rise in the urban population puts pressure on cities’ resources, which leads to economic, environmental, and energy challenges.