Silicon Valley Tech Giant, Google bagged the first city from India to turn it into a smart city with the Wi-Fi deal in the form of Pune. This contract is valued at Rs 150 crore, and includes capital expenditure, operating expenditure and revenue sharing elements. It will be done in collaboration with companies like IBM, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and RailTel from Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCSCL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed for the smart city mission in the city.

Google has promised and been working with Railtel and Railway ministry to provide the Wi-Fi hotspot at 400 different railway platforms across the country. At present, it has finished installing in 100 platforms and the works are being continues. Google is also working with RailTel and L&T for variable message displays (VMD) that will be used to deliver important information and messages across 161 locations in the city.

Pune Municipal Commissioner, Kumar said that, “The latest contract is valued at Rs 150 crore, and includes capital expenditure, operating expenditure and revenue sharing elements. 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.” He also added that, “The company will also set up emergency call boxes and public address systems, environmental sensors, variable messaging displays, network connectivity and video analytics integration.”

Larsen & Toubro is the master system integrator for the Pune Smart City project and it will help integrate everything together, Srinivasan Ramamurthy, Lead -Smart World And Communication Business, L&T told ET. He also added that, “One of the important things that we are doing is WiFi, and then we are also establishing the emergency call box and public drop box and environmental sensors.We are working with RailTel for connectivity and Google for putting advertisements. Google will help us in monetization through advertisements.” (Source: ET)

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