Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs awards a grant to IISc to develop Indian Urban Data Exchange for Smart Cities

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs awards a grant to IISc to develop Indian Urban Data Exchange for Smart Cities

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched an ambitious Smart Cities Mission programme for the development of 100 Smart Cities, aimed at catalyzing investments in holistic infrastructure and services, development of integrated approaches to problem solving, promotion of co-creation and bottom-up innovation using technology, and creation of sustainable outcomes by espousing the circular economy and participatory processes built around communities. We discovered in our talks with city administrators and officials that Smart Cities are looking towards leveraging the variety and volume of the data generated by smart solutions deployed in their cities for generating business intelligence and improving their operational excellence. However, cities are constrained with challenges like the lack of a credible data exchange platform, the absence of data culture, data silos/islands, fear of losing control and transparency, lack of internal capacity building, lack of clarity on privacy issues and related policies.

MoHUA has been working on this data empowerment for Smart Cities for some time and has identified the Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems  at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, as the right partner to drive this initiative to establish an open-source software platform called Indian Urban Data Exchange (IUDX). This platform will facilitate easy and efficient exchange of data among various stakeholders of Smart Cities by interconnecting disparate urban data platforms, and enabling co-creation and innovation. MoHUA has awarded a grant to IISc to develop specifications for API and data schemas for this data exchange and to create an open source reference implementation, that will be  deployed in Electronics City (a township of Bangalore) as a pilot. IISc will work with industry, governmental agencies, NGOs and citizens to form a consortium to further develop and maintain IUDX.

On 13 December 2018, MoHUA is organising a launch event for IUDX in Electronics City. Please stay tuned for further details.

More information on our vision for IUDX and the consortium can be found in this White Paper (“The Indian Urban Data Exchange: An overview of the rationale, architecture and methodology”). Comments, questions, and expressions of interest in participation are actively solicited and can be sent to iudx@rbccps.org.

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