EU-Indian collaboration on smart cities reinforced at the India m2m + IoT Forum in New Delhi
Smart Cities-related technologies have been targeted as an area for cluster cooperation in the yet to be released India Discussion Paper.
Following this trend, the India Smart Cities Forum and India Smart Villages Forum were jointly organised by India and EU representatives. The organisers were namely, the Department of Management Studies, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (DMS, IIT Delhi) and FI Media (Future Internet and Electronic Media) a project funded by the Delegation of European Union to India and India m2m + IoT Forum.
The Forum gathered eminent representatives, and notably the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Mr Hardeep Puri. The Forum aimed at bringing forward the importance of machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (IoT) technologies in smart cities, as explained in an article from the European Sting.
Beyond the technology as such, the event represents the most significant EU-India dialogue on smart cities. “India and the EU share similar challenges and need similar solutions to ensure smart and sustainable urbanisation. The EU is impressed by India’s ambitious urban and digital agenda and committed to implement the Urbanisation Partnership. The EU can bring together its 28 Member States, all of which have their own key strengths, competencies and technologies. Our Partnership will bring on board the relevant stakeholders to facilitate policy dialogue and provide best practices, business solutions and joint research & innovation, and to look at financing models”, shared H.E. Mr Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of European Union to India.