| |April 20195VOL 2 · ISSUE 4 - 1 · APRIL - 2019Gone are the days, when smart cities were about connected infrastructure for better insights. The spotlight is slowly shifting to better engaging governments, citizens, and businesses with the goal of providing improved city services and a higher quality of life. What exactly is Smart City 2.0? Moving beyond just connected infrastructure and smarter things, the smart cities of tomorrow engage governments, citizens, visitors, and businesses in an intelligent, connected ecosystem. The goal: better city services and a higher quality of life. This evolution, Smart City 2.0, enhances citizens' experience and city decision-making using the 3Ds--data, digital, and (user) design. Some Indus Valley Civilization experts suggest that the reason the Harappans laid great emphasis on establishing a highly evolved urban planning system was to ensure that its inhabitants `kept the peace'. Providing a good water supply along with a foolproof sewer and drainage system ensured that the ancient city's inhabitants `kept out of fights' over the distribution of basic amenities. While history shows that mankind had recognized the need for sound urban planning 4000 years ago, it had not faced the challenge which it is confronted with today ­ the rapid pace of urbanization. India has experienced a dramatic surge of urbanization over the last several decades. The urban population share of the country has risen from 17.96 percent in the year 1961 to 31.2 percent in the year 2011. By 2040, the nation is expected to house half of its population in urban areas. To address India's urbanisation challenges, the erstwhile Planning Commission of India in its twelfth plan period envisioned a first of its kind creation of smart urban centres in India. There have been learning and contributions from global experience in developing smart cities.Therefore, for companies, smart cities represent major business opportunities -- and not only for tech firms selling systems to government agencies. And for a country like India, where Startups are swarming with better-than-the-other innovations, it only going to be smarter governance. In this edition of Smart City, we are bringing together the most recommended smart city solution providers. I sincerely hope these vendors appeal to your sense of nation building desires. Do let us know what you think. Emmanuel Christi DasEditoremmanuel@cioinsiderindia.comSmart City 2.0 is Here AlreadyOffice Editorial queries editor@cioinsiderindia.comAdvertising queriessales@cioinsiderindia.comBangaloreTel 080 46441103 To subscribeVisit www.cioinsiderindia.com/magazine-in or send email to: subscription@cioinsiderindia.comCover price is Rs 150 per issueAshok KumarSales & MarketingGarima AnandGroup Art DirectorMagendran PerumalCirculation ManagerEditorial TeamChitra MishraShiwani PrakashAnitha TLakshmi GCIOInsiderNo. 124, 2nd Floor, Surya Chambers, Old Airport Road, Murugheshpalya, Bangalore-560017S Sivasankar Vishnu T RVisualizer PublisherEditorAlok ChaturvediEmmanuel Christi DasPrinted and published by Alok Chaturvedi on Behalf of SiliconMedia Technologies Pvt Ltd and Printed at Precision Fototype Services at Sri Sabari Shopping Com-plex, 24 Residency Road Bangalore-560025 and Published at No. 124, 2nd Floor, Surya Chambers, Old Airport Road, Murugeshpalya, Bangalore-560017.Copyright © 2019 SiliconMedia Technologies Pvt Ltd, All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part of any text, photography or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the magazine and accordingly, no liability is assumed by the publisher.Editorial
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