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IC4 to make Kochi really smart

Kochi: The city will soon flaunt an integrated command, control and communication centre (ICCCC - IC4) as part of the smart city project being implemented by the Central government. IC4 will enable surveillance as well as control of various services like water supply and electricity distribution along with security and traffic.

With the implementation of the project, Kochi will join the elite league of modern cities having the command centre. The public life in the city and services offered here will never be the same again. The Cochin smart mission limited (CSML) has invited tenders for implementing the Rs 100-crore project. The e-tenders will be opened on June 30 and the work is expected to be completed within eight months, said CSML CEO Mohammed Hanish.

On successful implementation of the project, life will be on another plane in Kochi from next year. The main highlight of the project is integration of the work of various government departments. A joint meeting of various departments and agencies was held recently in Kochi to chalk out details. Officials from Kochi Corporation, GCDA, police, public works department, Kerala water authority, KSEB and district administration took part.

Components of IC4

The departments to be covered under the IC4 project will be finalised only after the tender process is over. It is pointed out that services like city WiFi, security surveillance, traffic arrangements, water and electricity smart metering system, street lights, intelligent poles, taxes and other services offered by the city corporation, environmental monitoring systems, parking, kiosks, disaster management and waste management could be linked as part of IC4.

The integrated traffic management system (ITMS) for which the tender has already been awarded under the smart city project will be combined with the IC4. Under ITMS, the traffic at various main junctions in the city is observed and controlled. After it is implemented, the traffic at all these junctions will be under the command control centre managed by the police.

This will help the authorities to keep tabs on the entire traffic situation in the city and control movement of vehicles by suitably modifying the time set at various signals. In emergency situations, a green channel could be arranged along a particular track. All junctions in Kochi will get new traffic signals under the project.

Another highlight of the project is intelligent poles which serve various purposes. They will offer an alternative to mobile towers when 4G and 5G connectivity is rolled out by telecom companies. The intelligent poles will have optical fiber connectivity, WiFi, air sensor and energy efficient LED lighting system. It is planned to install 500 intelligent or smart poles in Kochi, each of which will be around 15 m tall.

Major changes ahead

Other smart cities in the country including Pune and Bhopal have already initiated measures to implement the IC4 project. It is expected to bring about a revolution in urban surveillance, law enforcement, disaster management, intervention during emergencies and equitable utilization of resources like water and electricity. Other advantages of IC4 include timely delivery of public services, improved health and educational services, seamless traffic, efficient telecom services, pollution control and protection of the environment.

How does IC4 work?

Data from various government departments and other service providers will be collected and analysed for efficient urban planning. The centralized system will utilize IoT (Internet of Things) platform, cloud-based data centre and master system integrator facilities. The control room which processes all the information fed by these sources will be the most important component of the IC4 project.

In Kochi, the control room will have an area of 10,000 sq feet. The location is yet to be identified.

Under the area development project of Kochi smart city, only Fort Kochi – Mattancherry and Ernakulam central city were included. But IC4 covers the entire city area. All smart pan city solutions projects which are aimed at improving the living standards of residents will be integrated with IC4.

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