NEC India wins smart city contract as deployments accelerate

NEC Corporation of India has won the contract to be master system integrator for the smart city project planned in Thiruvananthapuram, one of 100 cities identified for development in phase three of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ smart city plan. The project was inaugurated by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kerala Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, according to the announcement.

NEC will assist Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited in setting up an Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) to integrate the various departments involved. The ICCC will process data for operations related to traffic management, security and safety, e-governance, municipal operations and disseminating information. The company has carried out master system integrator contracts previously in Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Hubballi-Dharwad, Kalyan Dombivali and Gurugram.

A pilot project to deploy face biometrics to cameras in two locations in Gurugram to catch wanted criminals has begun under the direction of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), say reports. The facial recognition cameras will be deployed at Sheeta Mata Mandir temple and a bus terminal. The city authority has asked police to update their database to support the detection of wanted individuals. If a wanted person is identified, the system will alert authorities to allow for their apprehension. If successful, the project will be expanded throughout the city. A total of 1,200 cameras are being deployed around the city in the first phase of the CCTV project, and used for automatic number plate recognition and traffic signal violations