Cisco inks IoT development pact with ILFS for smart city projects

Enterprise networking vendor Cisco announced its collaboration with ILFS Technologies to jointly develop Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions for Indian smart city projects.

Some of the IoT solutions will focus on urban services and smart city infrastructure solutions such as traffic and transportation, public safety and security, command and control services, e-governance, parking, lighting, traffic and citizen engagement services, among other things.

“Today, 1 percent of all the things that surround us are connected to the network. In India every day an average of 275,000 devices will be connected to the network. Our vision of the Internet of Everything is that we will live in a world where everything—and everyone—can be connected to everything else,” said Dinesh Malkani, president, Sales, Cisco India and SAARC.

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The initiative between Cisco and IL&FS subsidiary will boost the Digital India program of the BJP government that focused on the digital empowerment of citizens, where infrastructure would be offered as a utility to every citizen, governance and services would be on demand, and citizens would be digitally empowered.

By 2050 India will add 404 million people to its cities, according to the United Nations, while today at 857 million people, India has the largest rural population in the world.

Cisco and ITL will collaborate to enable the delivery of cost-effective and efficient citizen services to urban and rural communities.

The collaboration will focus on developing IoE based digital solutions for smart cities, smart villages and the infrastructure sector. Cisco and ITL will pursue joint go-to-market opportunities in India and other countries as required.

Durga Prasad, CEO, ITL said: “In a digital India, there will be a transformation in the delivery of citizen services. Together we can enable digital solutions for the most essential citizen services such as healthcare and education.”

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