Digital India: The Golden Mile in Vijayawada you didn’t know about

Did you know that Vijayawada has India’s longest smart street? If you are clueless about how the city is making waves in the implementation of smart solutions which could be a model for India, this is the story you need to know.
A 4.4-km stretch called the “Golden Mile” is integrated with numerous smart solutions to make the life of citizens of this trading hub easy. The solutions include 35 Wifi Hot Spots, 240 smart lights (sensors developed by local start-ups) which help adjust luminosity, parking sensors to manage traffic congestion, motion sensors to track traffic violations, environment sensors to know the levels of air pollution and smart sensors in buses (to count the number of passengers getting in and out of the bus). 
Following a partnership with Cisco during the Chief Ministership of N. Chandrababu Naidu, this pilot project called the Cisco Kinetic from the Technology giant allows the city administration to get an overview of the performance on various indicators for smart governance. 
According to G. Veerapandian, former commissioner of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, “We wanted systems that make the process faster, smarter and efficient for both citizens as well as office administrators. Cisco’s services and solutions were able to meet our expectations.”
Meanwhile, Cisco officials believe that this is an example of how cities of the Future will operate and function. “To be able to digitise a country like India, it takes visionary leadership (and strong leaders), bold steps and impeccable execution. I’m sure that the Golden Mile will set the benchmark for how cities in the future will be digitised,” explains Dinesh Malkani, President Cisco System, India & SAARC.

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