Bhopal is next on India's ambitious smart city agenda

An in-depth look at Bhopal's smart city program and what HPE will be adding to it

India wants to lead the smart city charge. It is in the midst of an initiative that will create 100 smart cities throughout the country, preparing it for a data-driven, sensor-laden future. The latest moves in this space come from the city of Bhopal, which awarded a contract to Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to build and deploy a new command control center to collect and manage the huge swathes of data collected in the city and surrounding urban areas.

It is working with an organisation called the Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (BSCDCL). The command centre will monitor the city’s civic utilities and services and can be deployed in a number of use cases, from smart energy-efficient traffic lights to tracking waste bin collection. For example, a city department could place sensors on waste bins on the street that monitor their usage, which will alert collection trucks when they need to be collected rather than using a single schedule.

Bhopal is the capital city of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The initiative with HPE will take in not just Bhopal but six other cities in the state: Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore, Ujjain, Satna, and Sagar. The unified cloud command centre will handle and leverage data generated by these cities, which have a combined population of more than 20 million people.

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The command centre combines a number of solutions for collecting and analysing data: the HPE Universal IoT platform, industry leading servers, Edge compute systems, and HPE Pointnext services.

HPE has invested a lot of money and effort into its smart cities programs and has a track record with building the infrastructure and data centres behind Dubai’s smart city agenda.


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