Government of India’s
announcement of Smart Cities project in mission mode has generated a lot
of interest. The concept of smart cities is incomplete without
intervention of communication and Information Technology.
A network of wireless sensors, a reliable public communication
infrastructure and innovative applications working on big data and
analytics will help us realise smart cities. Innovative local solutions
will have to be found for local problems. Though this offers great
opportunities to industry, including, MSMEs and start-ups. But adoption
of standards will ensure that solution developers do not reinvent the
wheel but devote their energies to the actual building of product and on
innovations. Further, the interoperability will be another dividend of a
standards based approach.
Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), the
Indian telecom Standards Development Organisation (SDO) and European
Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), an established and highly
respected, 29 years old telecom SDO have joined hands to unroll a
collaboration project on ICT Standardisation in an endeavour of creating
awareness about telecom standards and promoting their wider adoption
Recognising C-DOT’s R&D strengths, an India - European Union project
called ‘India-EU Cooperation on ICT-Related Standardisation, Policy and
Legislation’ is organising a workshop on “Future proof smart cities with
a common service layer: a standards driven approach” at C-DOT campus at
Mehrauli, New Delhi on 21st April 2017. Some of the global smart cities
will be sharing the standards driven approach they have adopted for
building smart cities in their countries.
The workshop aims to provide a platform where foreign and Indian experts
from IoT and M2M forums, academia, R&D, industry and senior officials
from Ministries of Communications, Urban Development and Electronics and
Information Technology and cities named in Indian Smart Cities project
can interact to share knowledge and experiences. It is also planned to
enrich the interaction by inviting City Councillors from Europe and
Korea who have actually implemented smart city projects in their
C-DOT has developed CCSP(C-DOT Common Service Platform), the oneM2M
standards compliant common service platform which can be deployed on any
off-the-shelf generic server platforms or cloud infrastructure. The
business application providers can deploy their oneM2M compliant
applications in either co-located infrastructure or on any public or
Using the CCSP platform from C-DOT, the smart cities can reap all the
benefits of using a standards compliant horizontal service layer and
thus be more efficient, economical and future proof.
Along with the CCSP C-DOT has also developed various oneM2M indigenously
designed hardware nodes like AND (Application Dedicated Node), ASN
(Application Service Node) and MN(Middle node).
To effectively showcase the strength of the platform, C-DOT has also
developed various applications like Smart Living, Smart Street Light,
Carbon Footprint Monitoring Application and Power Monitoring which are
fully oneM2M compliant.
C-DOT has also participated in two international interoperability events
where the CCSP and the ADN were tested for interoperability with many
other oneM2M compliant nodes from various international organisations
like Interdigital, Herit, Huawei, HPE, NTT, KETI, LAAS-CNRS etc. C-DOT
also participated in the conformance testing with ETSI.
Brief on P.D.O. (Public Data Office)
C-DOT PDO is ready to bring yet another revolution by taking internet
connectivity to every nook and corner of the country like it did in the
1980s when PCOs changed the Indian telecom scene in by taking telephones
to rural India. C-DOT hopes that PDOs would bring next telecom
revolution by taking internet connectivity to the masses. Like PCOs, the
PDOs would enable small shop owners increase their income by selling
data vouchers. This will also encourage village-level entrepreneurship
and provide strong employment opportunities, especially in rural and
semi urban areas.