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IIT Kharagpur to work with Japanese experts on smart cities


Kolkata: To design, plan, develop sustainable habitats and implement smart technologies for India’s smart city growth, The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur signed a deal with Japan’s Nikken Sekkei Research institute (NSRI).

IIT-Kharagpur’s Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management (RCGSIDM), in association with the department of architecture and regional planning (ARP), has picked up the challenge to re-address the dimensions of smart city growth based on twin concerns: sustainable infrastructure and liveable habitat, officials said.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed on Friday, collaborative projects such bullet train, other smart transportation technologies and smart agriculture will be brought in.

“This MoU targets design, planning and implementation of such projects and technologies for sustainable cities. Japan has the expertise in smart technologies and we are banking on our cultural history to take the relationship forward,” said IIT-Kgp director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti.

Metros like Kolkata and peri-urban cities such as Asansol and many others in West Bengal and other states will be part of the plan, he said, during the international symposium on ‘Liveable habitat and sustainable infrastructure: a key to smart city growth’.

Shigehisa Matsumura, principal consultant for NSRI said the deal would be a “good starting point” for the fruitful execution of the smart city programme.

Projects under IIT-Kgp’s Sandhi initiative such as the Varanasi-Kyoto programme have been brought under the ambit of the agreement.

“This envisages recovery of Varanasi’s greenery, creating heritage trails and tourism in the city. For Kyoto, the vision is to recover cultural ethos through the revival of hand-tools, vocational education,” said IIT-Kgp’s professor Joy Sen, in-charge of the work.(IANS)

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Huawei joins Savex to expand enterprise footprint in India

In 2016, Huawei Enterprise BG has achieved rapid growth in vertical industries

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  • Huawei and Savex collaborate to increase their network in India
  • The companies will work together to achieve success in networking
  • Huawei is already a very successful company in India

With an aim to strengthen its channel partner network in India, Huawei Enterprise Business Group (EBG) on Monday announced a partnership with Savex Technologies.

Savex is the third largest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) distributor in India. As part of the partnership, Savex will be responsible for Huawei’s channel partner network technical training and development.

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Huawei Enterprise is a successful company in India. IANS

“ICT today plays the role of a catalyst in transforming and upgrading traditional industries. Enabling digital transformation for industries, Huawei Enterprise BG can strategically drive the progression of digital and intelligent society,” said Derek Hao, President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei India.

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Under its global “platform+ ecosystem” strategy, the Enterprise BG aims to create an open, resilient, secure and flexible platform of ICT infrastructure by investing in new technologies such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, mobile broadband and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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“We are looking forward to this partnership, as Huawei is known for its great enterprise products and this complements our offerings to channels,” added Anil Jagasia, Managing Director of Savex.

In 2016, Huawei Enterprise BG has achieved rapid growth in vertical industries. Huawei’s “Smart City” solution has been successfully deployed in more than 100 cities in over 40 countries. IANS