Digital Infrastructure Project

1. City Wi-Fi

To provide easily accessible, cost effective yet highly available Internet connectivity to all residents and visitors of Pune around 200 Wi-Fi hotspots have been identified across the city. The plan is to integrate all public places on a single platform to aggregate Wi-Fi hotspots that will allow access with one-time authentication. City Wi-Fi Internet access shall be free at the proposed Wi-Fi hotspots, which are going to be places of high footfalls, major traffic junctions, gardens and areas of key tourist attractions.

Illustration: Neha and her family decides to explore the other part of the city. They visit a busy marketplace there and wish to dine at a South-Indian food joint. Lost in the crowded street of the market, Neha uses the City Wi-Fi network to search and locate nearby restaurants serving their favorite cuisine.

2. Emergency Kiosks

Emergency Box will help improve the safety and security of citizens within the city where they can seek assistance from the Smart City Operations Center (Command & Control Center) by pressing a button near them. The emergency feature will also be available within the mobile app which will enable the user to initiate a bidirectional audio – video call with operation staff at PSCDCL, PMC Smart City Operations Center. The emergency box (or panic button) will enable citizens to establish a two way audio (microphone and speaker) & camera (video camera and a video screen) communication link with Police (or  and with PMC’s Disaster Management Cell or Smart City operations Center) through a press of a button. Emergency box is proposed at 100+ separate locations in Pune City.

Illustration: Neha is working late in the office to meet the client deadline. On her way back home, she decides to board a public bus. Sensing suspicious activities in the bus and a threat to her personal safety, she immediately opens PuneConnect app on her mobile. There, she presses the emergency (or panic) button and is able to get support from the city police.

3. City Fibre

Internet data is growing exponentially across the world with having a high speed internet becoming more of a necessity than a luxury.  As more and more people come on the internet and as the applications become richer and video oriented, the need for data is likely to increase significantly. Studies suggest that Fibre is the only technology to meet projected high traffic requirement for a city supported by wireless technologies like LTE, 5G for the end connectivity.

In order to meet the needs many a cities across the world have decided to create their own network backbone which spans across the city (e.g., Singapore, Stockholm etc.). PMC plans to create a similar network. However, in order to optimize the cost of creation of the infrastructure, it would be leveraging the excavations taking place in the cities for other infrastructure projects (e.g., water, metro, storm water etc.) to lay a 4 core optical fibre duct. Part of the duct would be monetized through sale or lease to various players such as telecom operators, tower companies, OTTs, MSO etc.

Such a strategy will not only reduce costs (given excavation and re-instatement cost is 70-80% of the overall cost) but will also reduce public inconvenience (as the excavation would go down) and ensure a high quality data service is available to the citizens of Pune

Illustration: It is Wednesday morning. Neha is running late as it is raining heavily. Realizing that she might not be able to reach work on time, she decides to work from home. Due to strong connectivity from the City Fibre, she’s able to connect with her team through video conferencing.

4. City Adaptive Traffic

One of the primary objective of Pune Smart City mission is to develop Smart traffic management solutions which would provide greater information to the authorities to proactively manage the ongoing traffic situation and allow citizens to make informed travel choices. With Smart traffic management solutions, the overall burden of traffic on the roads will reduce and it will result in greater journey time reliability for the citizens and local businesses improving overall productivity levels.

Adaptive Traffic Management System initiatives includes automated signal controls at 368 junctions,variable message sign and information boards at 50 locations and traffic monitoring systems such as e-challan and red light violations detection systems at 38 junctions in Pune city.

Illustration: Neha is going to attend Parent Teacher meeting of her son, Rohit. With the help of variable message sign and information boards, Neha is able to reach on time.

5. City Digital Literacy Centers

Transformation in a city happens when each citizen leads the way to progress. The Digital world eliminates traditional limits of time and space, and enables linkages, connections and learning in real-time, resulting in empowered citizenship and rapid economic growth. The Digital Literacy Mission is a powerful social intervention because with one person in every household being digitally literate, over 20% of Pune’s population will have the ability to leverage the internet. 20% population distributed across households, constitutes an adequate inflexion point for the entire population of the city to be led into being digitally empowered citizens. This could transform the city’s economic as well as social wellbeing. 100 Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) centers are being set up in Pune to train the under-served communities on all digital devices, specifically, computers and smartphones. Once trained, the beneficiaries will be able to send e-mails, connect on social media, buy from e-commerce websites, and will even know how to use the Internet to avail of various government services such as registering for Aadhaar cards, ration cards, PAN cards, etc.

Illustration:Neha’s maid is struggling to keep up with the digitized government systems like DBT, Aadhaar. She guides her to go to the nearest Digital literacy centers to get trained on using new systems.