Smart Cities Mission to India – Request for Expression of Interest
February 6-10, 2017
Global Affairs Canada through the High Commission of Canada in Delhi and the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), will be pleased to receive your application to participate in the “Canadian Smart Cities Mission to India”, which will take place from February 6-10, 2017, in New Delhi, Chandigarh and Bengaluru.
India’s urban population is expected to reach 600 million by 2031. Indian cities will not only need to absorb large numbers of people, they will have to do so in a way that drives economic growth, opportunity and innovation.
To improve the quality of life in fast-growing urban centers, the Government of India has embarked on an ambitious Smart Cities program that aims at developing new smart cities and modernizing existing Indian cities.
To create smart cities, India needs a balanced approach that includes the redevelopment of city infrastructure and the introduction of smart technologies to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services. This presents a huge opportunity for Canadian technology companies with innovative solutions for managing city assets such as energy, water, transportation, public safety, citizen services, city governance and education.
Some of the key technology based solutions that could be implemented in the smart cities program in India are:
- Smart Environmental and Energy Solutions (Pollution Control, Public Utilities and Distribution Systems)
- Intelligent Transportation Systems and automated systems for reducing congestion
- Intelligent building management systems including energy efficiency, security, and utility supplies
- Public safety and security, citywide monitoring, sensors, tracking, dynamic resource management systems, and emergency response systems.
This Smart Cities mission to India will focus on building partnerships and will increase Canadian company knowledge of Indian market needs. It will also better position Canadian participants to develop collaborative arrangements with Indian partners, enabling them to pursue market opportunities in India.
Who can apply?
Canadian companies engaged in offering technology for the infrastructure and smart cities sectors. If you have a solution that fits the broader elements to be incorporated into a smart city including Internet of Things, you should apply for this mission. Applicants will be selected based on their technology’s potential for commercialization and their capacity to fulfill the Indian market needs.
The following provides market highlights in support of the initiative to build partnerships in India:
- Launch of ambitious 100 ‘Smart Cities Mission’ to make cities more livable and sustainable, which means there will be an increasing focus on improving urban transportation and mobility by integrating smart technologies and solutions.
- The Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Transformation (AMRUT) aims at city-level improvements so as to integrate land use and transport planning, and address infrastructure needs in a sustainable manner. Every state has been allocated budget for executing projects.
- India and Canada have a long-standing MOU in co-operation in the road transportation sector with a focus on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Road Safety. Transport Canada and Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MORTH) having been under discussion to exchange knowledge/ expertise about road safety and explore Canadian expertise in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) under Canada- India Transportation working group.
- Indian mega-cities (known as tier-1 cities) such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai have their own authority to promote ICT for service delivery and the smaller cities of Indore, Pune and other tier-2 cities have recently turned to the Ministry of Urban Development for support with ICT pilot projects under the smart city program.
- To improve the efficiency and bring transparency in the transport sector, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has rolled out an ambitious project called SMILE: “Smart Mobility through Intelligent Legal Enforcement”. This project will be implemented in most of the states in India with an aim to bringing efficiency and strengthened the research activities to get compatible & innovative solutions that will bridge the changing technology and transport policy gap.
- The private sector is open to technologies for collaborations and joint ventures and licensing to further develop their technical capabilities. Some of the potential stakeholders in India are:
- Private sector: L&T, IL&FS, Reliance, KMC, AFCON, NCC, HCC, Tata Project, Lanco, GMR, CISCI, WIPRO, etc
- International Financial Institutions: The World Bank, ADB, JICA, GIZ
- Institutions/ Government: DMITS, CSIR, NHAI, MORTH, MOUD
- Canadian organisations: IBI, IRDSA, LASA, CSDC, IC-IMPACTS
- Industry Chambers: FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, ICBC
Itinerary and Timing
A customised program will be developed for the delegates, and the itinerary will be finalized based on the interest of the Canadian delegates selected for the mission. Program elements are likely to include:
- Participation at a SMART CITY workshop organised in partnership with industry partners and the Government of India.
- Personalized meetings with Indian companies for R&D collaboration to suit the Indian market.
- Meetings with stakeholders such as regulatory authorities, end users, and distributors.
- Speaking opportunities to present company capabilities in industrial research collaborations.
- Participation in a networking reception in New Delhi where key industry players, institutions , potential local partners and Government would be invited.
- Travel to Chandigarh and Bengaluru for meetings, interactions and site visits with local players and partners.
How to Apply for Participation
If you are interested, please email Shriya Ramachandran, Trade Comissioner- Infrastructure and PratimaRai Bakshi, InfoCentre Assistant to receive the application form and once completed email your application to Shriya Ramachandran by December 19, 2016.
Financial Support for Travel to the Mission
Once a confirmation of participation is received, the shortlisted participants can apply for financial support to join the delegation through Going Global Innovation (GGI) program. Please mention “Smart Cities Mission” in your application to GGI.
GGI may be able to provide funding support toward travel costs related to the mission such as:
- Local transportation
- Meals and Incidentals
Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)
Global Affairs Canada and NRC-IRAP are jointly delivering a new program called the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) to facilitate industrial R&D collaborations between Canadian SMEs and companies in CIIP target countries, including India. Collaborative R&D projects between Canadian and Indian companies resulting from the “Smart Cities Mission” may be eligible to apply for CIIP project funding in the future.
For more information on the Smart Cities Mission, please contact: Shriya Ramachandran, Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada, New Delhi, India, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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