Internet giant Google won the first Smart City Wi-Fi deal along with companies like IBM, RailTel and Larsen and Toubro. The three companies, in collaboration, came up with the deal. Pune Smart City Development Corporation offered them the deal for a particular purpose of Smart City mission.
The contract is of Rs 150 crore, and it includes a lot. It will have capital expenditure, operational costs and also the revenue sharing elements. According to Pune Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar, “15-20% revenue generated through this citywide Wi-Fi network will be shared with the authority”.
Smart City project details
In this contract of Smart City Mission, Google will create a lot. It will deploy a Google Station Platform that has got Wi-Fi network management capability. It focuses on monetization to make the service sustainable. While RailTel will focus on offering the last-mile fiber connectivity for enabling the Wi-Fi hotspots at 200 strategic locations. Kumar also said, “The plan is to integrate all public places on a single platform to aggregate Wi-Fi hotspots that will allow access with one-time authentication.”
“Larsen and Toubro is a master system integrator for the Pune Smart City Project, and the company will help in integrating the necessary steps together,” Srinivasm Ramamurthy said. He is the lead of Smart World and Communication Business at the enterprise. He also added, the company is going to set up emergency call boxes and the public address systems. There will be environmental sensors, network connectivity, video analytics and variable messaging displays.
Extending Wi-Fi facility beyond railway stations
With the Google station platform, the company is extending the availability of Wi-Fi services beyond railway stations. The target is for such places which are visited by a large number of people. The places include malls, transit stations and in social hangout places like cafes and universities. The company also claimed that it would partner with large venues, network operators, fiber providers, infrastructure companies and system integrators for creating Smart City. Till date, more than 100 railway stations are equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots.
As a part of the Pune Project, Google is also working with RailTel and L& T for variable message displays (VMDs). It will be used for delivering information and messages throughout 161 locations in the city. Ramamurthy of L& T said, [quotes quotes_style=”bquotes” quotes_pos=”center”]One of the important things that we are doing is Wi-Fi, and then we are also establishing the emergency call box and free drop box and environmental sensors…We are working with RailTel for connectivity and Google for putting advertisements. Google will help us in monetization through ads.[/quotes]
IBM will also offer the smart city solutions which will work as the backbone of the Pune Smart City. It is also helping L& T to set up the Smart City Operation Center for integrating the services and applications on a single platform. It will accommodate all the future needs of many citizens through citizen-centric applications. There will be 49 more applications.