GAIA Smart City Project in India

Smart City
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Sumit Chowdhury to initiate GAIA Smart City Project in India

Sumit Chowdhury, Ex – President, Reliance Jio Infocomm

Sumit-GAIA Smartcity

Sumit-GAIA Smart City

Alumni of IIT, Kanpur

MS in ECE from Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D. Management from Carnegie Mellon University

Company Directors Diploma from Australian Institute of Company Directors

Started his career as Project Engineer with Philips India, going through various assignments as Partner in KPMG, MD-BearingPoint, VP & Partner – IBM, Member Board of Directors – Hello Health Limited, President Reliance Jio Infocomm and Founder of GAIA smart cities. Author of Rules of the game, Logical vs Numerical interference on Statistical Database and few more.





GAIA Smart City Project

Shall we call it Smart City or E-City, A very complex definition , seems so easy to pronounce.



The aim of SC4C-Smart Capacities for Cities- GAIA, is to share a comprehensive range of solutions and services according to the principles of innovation, economic and environmental sustainability, that help to obtain greater efficiency, comfort and interactivity for players involved in Smart Cities or Smart Environments (citizens, government, companies, infrastructure, etc.

In this context, a Smart City is a complex system, an ecosystem in which multiple players are involved, wherein many closely linked processes coexist that enable new models of business services, relationship with the surroundings, and provides an excellent platform for innovation and creativity of people.

Smart Environment + Smart Mobility + Smart Living + Smart People + Smart Economy + Smart Governance 

Example of Glasgow


Value Chain

Creation of Technology and Infra base

Smart City

Smart City

  • Data Collection
  • Transmission of Information
  • Integrated Communication System
  • Challenging Information to Data Intelligence
  • Strong Security System

In simple words

  • Sensors
  • Collectors
  • Thinkers
  • Actuators
  • Analyzers



Key Challenges

The key challenge in India is ” Involvement of Government and Citizen” at every stage and Integrated planning.

  • Relevance of Road Maps : There is no specific Road Map as it depends upon strength & Objectives of City
  • Integration of Right Stake Holders : Identifying & Engaging Right stake holders & set priorities
  • Synergy between Sectors :  How can we get a grip on the complexity of synergy between various sectors?
  • Role of ICT : Technology is too advance but still linking Data across all domains is a challenge
  • Behavioral Change : Human behavior is too complex to understand ( Beyond Technology )

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