Smart cities: Increased interest in India and European technological innovation

Rajasthan smart cities
Smart cities: Increased interest in India and European technological innovation

In South Asia, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) in the state of Rajasthan, is working on plans for the digitization of the ‘pink city’ as part of its smart city transformation.

While developing the blueprint for the city, the JDA has partnered with Cisco to leverage the software company’s expertise in this field, the Economic Times of India reported.

According to JDA Commissioner Shikhar Agarwal, “Smart city infrastructure will improve the efficiency and quality of services received by 3.5 million residents and over 40 million tourists who visit the capital city of Rajasthan every year.

“We will set up the digital infrastructure to offer citizens amenities including connected transport, interactive kiosks, wireless broadband, safety and security services, traffic management and environmental updates.”

Smart City development is a priority in India, with the government having announced a budget allocation of approx. US$1.1 billion to facilitate plans to develop 100 smart cities by 2022.

Wireless mesh network demonstrated in Japan

Wireless mesh networks aiding smart city development are global semiconductor company STMicroelectronics and Swiss technology company Paradox Engineering, which both showcased their technologies in Japan this week.

Paradox Engineering showcased PE.AMI smart city solution and PE.STONE IoT platform, connected with ST’s STM32 Nucleo development boards, various X-Nucleo extension boards for motion and environmental sensing, and proximity sensor boards.

PE.AMI is a multi-application platform for hybrid wireless/PLC narrowband/broadband full mesh networks, offering off-the-shelf vertical applications for smart lighting, smart parking, smart metering, smart waste, and EV-charger management.

It supports IP cameras for video surveillance, traffic monitoring, public Wi-Fi, and other urban applications.

PE.STONE is the integrated hardware and software module for easy development of high-performance and cost-effective IoT applications.

It enables projects for Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Energy Management, Wireless Sensor Networks for any M2M, HAN (Home Area Network), HUMS (Health Usage Monitoring Service), and industrial-control systems, and many more.

Both PE.AMI and PE.STONE platforms use STMicroelectronics STM32L low-power 32-bit microcontroller and SPIRIT1, a sub-GHz wireless transceiver IC that provides high receiver sensitivity and offers low current consumption.

The PE.AMI wireless lighting control board also contains ST’s energy-metering IC for monitoring power consumption.

The STM32 Nucleo board that powers the Smart City demonstration is equipped with the STM32F401 MCU, which offers an optimal balance between power consumption and performance during operation, facilitating quick software and hardware development of embedded systems.

ST provides the sensing and computing functions required by wireless sensor nodes by combining the Nucleo boards with an X-Nucleo extension board equipped with a MEMS accelerometer and pressure/temperature/humidity sensors, or a Time-of-Flight based proximity sensor board.