Cisco will partner with ILFS Technologies (ITL) to jointly develop solutions for digital infrastructure and smart cities in India. The collaboration, announced at the Cisco India Summit 2014 in Bengaluru, will aim to create solutions for traffic management, public safety and e-governance.
The partnership will bring together Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions and ITL’s understandings in infrastructure development in India. ITL is currently managing five national and two global land management projects and has also rolled out the communication backbone for Gurgaon Rapid Metro.
“With this partnership, we aim to develop India centric technologies to digitise the country. The collaboration will focus on delivering core infrastructure, creating a smart ecosystem and service delivery,” said Dinesh Malkani, president, sales, Cisco India and SAARC. Both companies will jointly go to market to pursue opportunities in the infrastructure sector and smart cities in India.
The Digital India program aims to bring connectivity to villages. However, not much of scaled effort is taking place to empower the Digital India mission. “Too many pilot projects are being done currently. This is just the beginning and it will take some time to scale up these pilot projects. We need more transparency and the pilot projects must have a business model for it become successful. We will be choosing projects based on the ecosystem and political will,” said Prem Saigal, chairman, ITL.