GMDA partners with Cisco to make Gurugram safer, smarter

Gurugram, Dec 9 (IANS) The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has partnered with networking giant Cisco to set up an Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) here on Monday that leverages digital technologies to enhance citizen safety, optimise public infrastructure and better manage traffic.

Powered by Cisco’s Smart City digital solutions, the command centre will be a nodal point for traffic management and city surveillance, and soon bring in other utilities such as waste management, water, lighting, parking, urban mobility, and power distribution, Cisco said.

The facility was inaugurated by Haryana Chief Minister M.L. Khattar.

“The integration of public services digitally creates a massive opportunity waiting to be tapped since the data it provides can be leveraged to solve complex urban challenges,” Ashish Wattal, Director, Cisco India, and Saarc, said in a statement.

“We are proud to provide the latest state-of-the-art equipment and technology to GMDA to realise its Digital Gurugram vision and achieve its objective of a safe and secure smart city,” Wattal said.

The ICCC is designed to simplify control room operation and system integration, while increasing operational efficiency and lowering operating costs.

The platform will also allow city administrators to collect and integrate data from multiple sources, enabling them to use data analytics to optimise city operations, improve governance, and accelerate decision making.

The solution will also lay the foundation for an integrated video surveillance system that will be deployed across all 115 sectors of Gurugram and Manesar, falling under the GMDA.

As part of the ICCC platform, Cisco’s analytics engine will enable safe data exchange across community infrastructures.

Cisco’s Next-Generation Firewall and Stealthwatch will deliver advanced threat detection and more in-depth forensics, the company said.

This range of solutions is integrated with a layer of artificial intelligence, which will allow the city’s law enforcement to monitor and detect criminal activity and create tamper-proof records for post-event analysis.

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