Surat a Microsoft ‘Smart City‘? Wondering what we mean? Well, our ‘Smart City’ Surat, is in news news yet again and this time the leap is big. Microsoft takes the first step to make Surat a ‘Smart City’. Microsoft will soon set up an incubation centre in the city that will develop applications for a number of civic services. The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has agreed to provide space and bear the capital expenditure for the centre.
Microsoft will run Appathon, a marathon of applications, which will provide quick and sustainable solutions for as many as eight basic services like drainage, sewerage and water supply.
Under the ‘Smart City’ initiative, Microsoft aims use a combination of right cloud technology, mobile applications, data analytics and social networks to provide citizens real-time data of all possible civic services like energy, sanitation, water, health, education and many others. It also plans to develop systems that will tackle natural disasters more efficiently and quickly with use of Information Technology.
“For example, if a person wants to know the address of a particular food kiosk in an area, he will be able to do so quickly on his mobile using the apps developed by Microsoft. Similarly, if one wants to know about the timing of water supply in his area, he/she would be able to get the information with a special app,” said Milind Torwane, municipal commissioner.
Surat was identified by Microsoft due to its high growth potential and large computer literate population.
Microsoft and SMC are also likely to work together for project management, citizen engagement, information, transaction getaways, amusement and recreation.