Pune will soon become World’s 1st city to have a city-wide WiFi connectivity, which won’t be free but based on a freemium model. Some of the biggest technology & infrastructure companies like Google, IBM, Larson & Toubro and RailTel have joined forces to implement the same.
The feasibility of this WiFi project seems realistic because the scope is much bigger this time – It is not only WiFi but a comprehensive smart city project, which also includes several hi-tech features never before attempted in any Indian city.
A sum of Rs 150 crore has been allocated for this smart city initiative.
Pune city administration has formed a special purpose vehicle called Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCSCL), which oversee smart city features and capabilities which would be implemented across the city.
Under their first contract, PSCSCL has chosen Google, L&T, IBM and RailTel to implement several smart city initiatives such as city-wide WiFi, environmental sensors, emergency call boxes across the city, public address system powered by digital mode, variable messaging displays, enhanced network connectivity, video analytics integration and more.
And, Pune Administration is smart to understand that such massive exercises need revenues, which would be collected from the citizens.
Kunal Kumar, Pune Municipal Commissioner said, “15-20% revenue generated through this citywide Wi-Fi network will be shared with the authority”.
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