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SMU and TCS announce iCity Lab in Singapore

Zafar Anjum | Aug. 8, 2011
The Indian IT services company invests US$4.9 million for developing cloud-based IT solutions for intelligent cities.

Pande expressed hope that India and China will lead the growth in iCities in Asia. "The lab will work together with selected partnering cities in China, India and other rapidly developing ASEAN countries to create urban management solutions," he said.

According to him, TCS already has two relevant pilot projects in China. "China will lead the growth in iCities and the Internet of things," he said. He said there would also be an opportunity to work with 10 new Indian cities that are planned to come up along the Delhi-Mumbai corridor. These cities could use technologies created in the iCity lab here, said Pande.

Natarajan Chandrasakaran, chief executive officer and managing director of TCS, said the new lab would leverage on the cloud computing technologies, which he counted as one of the three to four major disruptive technologies to have come along in the last 30-40 years. The cloud amalgamates the collective power of all previous technologies, he said.

"We have developed a number of apps for communities," he said, "and we will pull all these apps for a cloud-based system." TCS' new lab here is part of its TCS Co-innovation Network (TCS COIN) initiative, with collaboration from its global network of labs. TCS employs over 200,000 people in 42 countries.

A new delivery centre

On the same day (Friday), TCS also inaugurated a computer lab at SINDA and a new 500-seat software delivery centre at Changi Business Park. According to Vish Iyer, head-APAC, TCS, the new delivery centre will serve mainly as the primary "near-shore" software development and delivery centre for TCS customers. TCS has invested S$2 million (US$1.6 million) in the creation of this centre.

Iyer also announced the opening of its new joint Asia Pacific headquarters and Singapore office.

 

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