Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and PwC will set up a Center of Excellence (CoE) in Kolkata, India, to advance development for future cities — capitalizing on Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities.
HPE and PwC are capitalizing on Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities for smart city administrators to optimize their assets and provide citizen-centric services.
PwC will leverage the HPE Universal IoT (UIoT) Platform in its CoE to support development, testing and management initiatives around future cities. The HPE UIoT Platform will allow PwC to start small and scale the business as demand increases.
Smart poles deployed throughout the city will serve as aggregation points for sensors, cameras and digital display boards collecting environmental data. The environment data the smart devices collect across the city will be used to identify areas subject to heavy pollution.
IoT devices will be used to collect traffic data and model traffic condition to modify the timing cycle for signals based on traffic flow. The traffic data will be integrated with GPS data from the transit management system to provide accurate estimated times of arrival (ETAs) for public buses. Sensors will be placed in parking lots to enable real-time tracking of available spots.
Intelligent waste management
Sensors will be used to track the amount of trash held in garbage bins, helping waste management companies determine where garbage must be collected. Garbage collection vehicles will have GPS devices and RFID readers to ensure the vehicle takes the best route to full trash bins.
HPE and PwC are also expanding use cases to other industry verticals including manufacturing and infrastructure.
HPE said CoE will utilize UIoT platform features, including lightweight machine to machine (M2M) support, expanded device management and increased Long Range (LoRa) support. HPE and PwC will enable IoT applications to provide analytics and machine learning innovations.
“HPE and PwC are working together to offer enhanced services, greater security and improved civic engagement to municipalities around the world, intended to deliver best in class experience to common citizens.” said Som Satsangi, VP & GM, Enterprise Group and MD India, HPE.
PwC’s applications and dashboard will be integrated with the HPE UIoT Platform to drive scale, security and speed for the new CoE. Initial use cases that are in development in the CoE will span the environment, transportation systems and waste management.
“Bringing together our industry consulting and technology teams with HPE, we are working on solutions which will bring significant productivity gains to the organizations and societies at large,” said Raman Kalra, partner, Technology Consulting, PwC India.
Meanwhile, GE signed an agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to bring GE Digital’s digital industrial solutions to the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
The three-year agreement with HPE will focus on cyber security solutions in operational technology, with the potential to move into other digital solution in the future.
In the first year of the partnership, GE Digital Cyber Security solutions will be distributed through the HPE Channel Partner Network across the MEA &T region, with a particular focus on the Gulf, Levant, Northern Africa, South Africa, and Turkey.