“Such proprietary or non-standardised solutions have been created in silos and pose problems of inter-operability and prevent sharing of data amongst divergent applications,” Trai
said in a white paper on ‘smart cities
in India: framework for ICT infrastructure’. The regulator said non-standardised proprietary devices and solutions had come up in the absence of regulation.
“In order to manage the ever-increasing population in the cities, it is important that infrastructure in cities are upgraded and managed by using ICT to make them sustainable in the long run. That is the context of this white paper,” Trai
Chairman R S Sharma said.
The regulator observed: “The objective of smart city is to enhance quality of life of people and provide a clean and sustainable environment by establishing a common core infrastructure and deploying ‘smart solutions’ using digital infrastructure.”
It is essential to develop a standardised digital infrastructure with secure, reliable connectivity between offices to improve government’s efficiency and citizens’ access to services digitally, it said.
The standard reference architecture for smart infrastructure shall lead to savings and optimisation of capex and opex of the “Smart, Sustainable and Secure Cities”.
It will also lead to significant reduction in the carbon footprint’ of ICT in any earmarked geographical territory.