Enlightening a Smart India: Xtreme Media and the Smart City Vision for Surat
On June 25, 2015, Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi declared an ambitious mission - to create 100 smart cities across India.
However, to many observers, this was a vision termed too ambitious. How can you create 100 smart cities in a country like India, where even small infrastructure projects often take decades to take off from the ground? The answer is fairly straightforward - you take one step at a time in the right direction.
The Smart City Mission selected Surat as one of the 100 cities to be transformed into Smart Cities over the next few years. In January the subsequent year, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Minister of Urban Development for the Government of India, announced a list of twenty winners in the Smart City Challenge - Round 1. To no surprise, Surat's achievements, strategic initiatives, and inclusivity ranked it in this list of twenty cities.
Hence, began the journey of transforming one of the most iconic industrial centres in India into one of its very first smart cities. But, as you would notice, the ambition was indeed hefty and immediately after the win, the city had to announce a megaproject.
|LED series||Rigel Plus|
|Pixel Pitch (mm)||5.9 mm|
|Screen size||4800mm x 1920mm|
|Screen resolution||810 x 324|
|Innovation||Remote monitoring via Vigilant Technology|
Enlightening the Vision: From Vision to Execution
If you have ever owned a commercial property or worked with one, you would know the lead time required to install one LED display unit. It takes several weeks to look for alternative vendors, establish decision-making criteria, finalise the commercials, and install a reliable solution. Despite the care in the process, the result is often underwhelming.
Now, take the same set of challenges and multiply them by 60. Then, add the complexities of government bureaucracies and the need to deliver on a demanding schedule. As a result, the ambitions of the Smart City project started shadowing the execution plans at Surat.
The city invited bids from several vendors and technology companies in the commercial LED lighting space to install 60 outdoor LED displays across the city with the necessary software to operate and administer them. Xtreme Media was one of the frontrunners in the tendering process.
The biggest challenge for the government authorities was to ensure that the solution they finalised would deliver on the national government's vision and stand as a tall example of what the local authorities could deliver. The world was watching, and hence every step in the process had to be perfect.
The governmental authorities did a commendable job of running the tendering process. Towards the culmination of the process, Xtreme Media was declared the chosen solution partner for all the 60 LED walls. And hence, the vision that was envisioned in 2015 eventually started coming to reality in the streets of Surat.