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Episode 135: Digitalisation is the bridge between hope and possibilities

India’s growth story is hard to ignore. Looking back at the year gone by, we see that India has pole-vaulted in the technology space and this can be put down to India’s success in navigating the road from digital transformation to digital innovation. From building smart cities to developing a smart nation India is clearly on the path of achieving success on the digitalisation front, and the most vibrant example that stands out is the government’s Smart Cities Mission. Designed to redefine affordable housing, multi-modal transport, waste and traffic management, etc., through technology, the Smart Cities Mission has impacted 99.5 million people till date. In line with the developments, the Andhra Pradesh government in collaboration with Cisco developed India’s longest smart street in Vijayawada with 35 Wi-Fi hotspots and 240 smart street lights. According to Cisco IDC report, a city-wide smart initiative such as smart lighting could help Vijayawada Municipal corporation save up to Rs 35 crore per year (approximately $5.22 million). However, for digital innovation to prosper, rural India will have to be equally invested in—resulting in the building of a smart nation. With a smart nation connected by secure internet highways, citizens—irrespective of their location—will benefit from the creation of new jobs, increased connectivity and better opportunities.

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