Similarly, consider smart technology used in home security systems, intelligent fridges that shut off when the electricity load builds, Google Maps with Street View that notify petrol pumps or restaurants near you or everything from toothbrushes and cars that can recharge when the battery is low. Technology is moving ahead at breathtaking pace. Also, it is becoming more accessible and ubiquitous. For example, many people in India may not have roads or drinking water, but they have mobile phones with intelligent software that can become a tool to do business.
The iCity represents the meeting point of the real world and digital world where a wide range of services will be cloud-based, easily accessible from any connected device. Already, we seeing governments in Singapore, China, South Korea and other cities worldwide laying down iCity IT infrastructures, or also known as the "next generation" IT infrastructure created to manage future cities.
Given that the innovation that improves the iCity will be continuous, the opportunities, conveniences and efficiencies of the iCity will benefit urban dwellers enormously.
Girija Pande is chairman of TCS Asia-Pacific.
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