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Cisco Intelligent Urbanisation

Cisco launched the global “Intelligent Urbanization” initiative from Bangalore and signed a MoU with the local government to develop a roadmap for an intelligent and sustainable Bangalore City.

Any one who has visited Bangalore will know that it is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. From the garden city of the yore, it has transitioned to the IT capital of India. The transition has left many scars in its way ‘“ the cities infrastructure is bursting at its seams as it struggles to cope with growth. As the Chief Minister of the state mentioned at the launch, the city has grown from a population of 4 million people in 2001 to 8 million in 2008. Over 4 million vehicles ply on the roads of Bangalore, suspect on the same roads meant to hold a million.

This project is part of Cisco’ s global ‘˜Intelligent Urbanisation’ initiative designed to help cities around the world use the network as the fourth utility for integrated city management, a better quality of life for citizens, and economic development. Bringing together a broad portfolio of products, services, partners and solutions across Cisco, the initiative is initially focused on intelligent, sustainable solutions for public safety and security, transportation, buildings, energy, health care and education.

This partnership builds on Cisco’ s technology expertise around the world in cities like San Francisco, Amsterdam and Seoul to help promote sustainable, intelligent urban development practices.

As an example of how technology can be used to improve security operations, Cisco showcased its own internal Security Operations Centre. Real-time security monitoring and alerts, video surveillance tools, acoustic sensors, card-readers with biometric recognition, automatic alerts and security activation systems were the highlights of this module. Through simulations, the Cisco team demonstrated how automated responses and technology can help reduce the potential for human error and time lags.

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