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IoT (Internet of Things) has been gaining momentum in India and the Digital India project has accelerated the project further. The Government of India has set out ambitious goals for IoT in India and laid out initiatives to support this. Here are the top IoT initiatives by the Government of India:
The draft policy on the Internet of Things was initiated by the Govt. of India in 2015. This policy laid out a vision of a secure, smart, and connected IoT based system for India. And the implementation steps included the formation of 100 smart cities in India; automating key industries like energy, health, and disaster management; and setting up capacity building, R&D, and other incentives.
A smart city is an advanced city that uses information technology to set up the infrastructure, communicational channels, and management of the cities. Some key elements of the smart city project are smart parking and lighting, waste management, citizen safety, and telecare facilities.
The COE for IoT in Bangalore was launched by the Indian government in partnership with NASSCOM, DEITY along with TCS, Intel, Amazon Web Services, and FORGE Accelerator. COE is a platform that focuses on skill development, innovation, and aids entrepreneurs and startups in leveraging technology. This facility aims to address issues related to water, safety, crime, agriculture, and health. CoE is India’s largest deep tech innovation ecosystem
Formulated in 2018, NDCP aims to improve India’s participation in the global digital economy. The key highlights of the policy involve improving the country’s communicational facilities and access to digital services. It aims to provide universal broadband connectivity at 50 Mbps to every citizen and 10 Gbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats by 2022.
IoT Lab is a partnership between IIT Delhi and Samsung. The main objective of this initiative is to facilitate research and development in the IoT space.
The government of Andhra Pradesh proposed to set up 10 IoT hubs in the state and attract 100 IoT companies. Successful implementation of the same will set Andhra Pradesh as one of the first IoT ecosystems in the country.
The government of India and the states are set to create India as a digitally empowered nation. Tech giants like Juniper Networks, Intel, Cisco, have joined hands with the government for this mission. With proper implementation of all the initiatives and effective solutions against the challenges, the dream to see India as an important player in the digital space doesn’t seem too far-fetched.