- Handling Emergencies: Developing flood monitors and emergency notification systems to provide better emergency response solutions and times.
- Improving Transportation: Implementing systems for public transportation tracking, such as online monitoring and GPS-guided vehicles, improves traffic and reduces accidents.
- Monitoring Air Quality: Tracking local air quality to prevent exposure to harmful pollutants.
- Protecting Property: Using GPS devices installed in public structures, like garbage cans and lighting fixtures, to record data and send it to a city hub for surveillance.
India’s Smart Cities Mission Spurs Domestic Manufacturing
In 2015, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi created the Smart Cities Mission Program, an urban improvement initiative. 100 Indian cities were selected to participate in the project after a competitive process that compared funding with each city’s individual ability to comply with the program and reach its goals. The mission aims to improve city amenities and services throughout India and prepare for an urban population explosion that’s expected to render huge growth in Indian cities in the coming decades. This growth has already begun; an estimated 1M people move into urban areas throughout India every single month. The initiative’s main goal is to improve the quality of life for citizens on the city level. This includes improving public and private transportation, creating energy-efficient public structures, protecting the environment, and improving local government services. The initiative emphasizes creating self-sustaining modern development that will allow for a high population to live well with access to modern technology and renewable energy.  Below are examples of how technology has been used for these projects: