European Union India Project Supports CoE on IoT for Smart Cities at IIIT-Hyderabad

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In July, the CoE will undertake a visit to France for enhancing collaboration between Indian and French universities and startups working in Toulouse and Bordeaux.

The IIIT-Hyderabad through its Centre of Excellence (CoE) on Internet of Things (IoT) for Smart Cities is facilitating collaboration between various smart city stakeholders across India and the European Union.

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The India-EU ICT Standardisation Cooperation Project, which is funded by the European Union, is supporting the creation of the CoE. The project will help to design relevant courses on IoT and facilitate capacity building by supporting research collaborations and exchange of experts between India and EU.

With an aim to build a deeper understanding of the standards driven approach for smart cities, the CoE will also organize outreach activities such as hackathons, workshops and conferences. These activities would be organized on varied components of IoT including the use of standards such as oneM2M for interoperability for the benefit of public at large.

The Centre will also enable co-operation between different experts on interdisciplinary aspects of IoT for Smart Cities. It will bring together faculty from several IIIT-H research centres such as Signal Processing and Communications, Embedded Systems, Data Science, Computer Systems Group and domain areas such as Building Science, Spatial Informatics, e-Governance and Earthquake Engineering.

CoE expected to trigger a smart city revolution in India

Commenting on this initiative, the coordinator of this CoE Dr. Sachin Chaudhari, Assistant Professor, Signal Processing and Communications Research Centre, said, “Learnings from our research collaborations, courses and hackathons, conducted as part of this CoE’s activities, will be used to apply smart city solutions in Hyderabad and then the successful models will be replicated across India.”

As part of the project, the EU supported an exploratory trip to Estonia of the IIIT-H faculty in January.

With a view to strengthen and support developers’ community, the CoE has conducted a number of trainings including applications of LoRaWAN standard for smart cities and use of oneM2M in IoT applications.

In July, the CoE will undertake a visit to France for enhancing collaboration between Indian and French universities and startups working in Toulouse and Bordeaux.

Elaborating on the importance of the CoE, Raimund Magis, Chargé d’Affairesa.i., said, “The Centre of Excellence at IIIT-H facilitates the latest in IoT, being developed across India and the EU based on global standards, to reach a wider audience.”

India-EU Cooperation on ICT-Related Standardisation, Policy and Legislation

The EU-funded project “India-EU Cooperation on ICT-Related Standardisation, Policy and Legislation (2015 – 2019)” is aimed at promoting closer cooperation and alignment between India and Europe with regards to the production and use of ICT standards. It intends to harmonise the exchange of statistical data, thereby facilitating trade, increasing interoperability and the ease of doing business for companies. It is also designed for adding additional weight to European and Indian ICT standardisation efforts at the global level.

 

 

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