2nd Smart Cities India 2016 expo – From a dream to a reality

9th May 2016, New Delhi:

Developing citizen friendly and economically viable cities is an urban initiative by the Government of India. Cities are engines of economic growth, and it is anticipated that 40% of India’s population will live in cities by 2030. With the rapid rise in the proportion of people living in urban areas, there is an increasing demand for sustainable cities. Hence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of Smart Cities is intended to transform the lives and living conditions of the citizens of the country. A series of steps have been initiated by the government to set the ball rolling in its ambitious plan to create smart cities across India.

Exhibitions India Group is organizing the 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 expo at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 11-13 May 2016 to support the Prime Minister’s vision of Smart Cities. The forthcoming expo will deliberate on providing Smarter Solutions for a Better Tomorrow. The expo will be inaugurated by Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Cabinet Minister, Government of India, Ministry of Railways.

Recognizing the Smart Cities India expo as an important platform to drive progressive change, the expo is supported by 10 central ministries. Support has also been received from 36 trade associations, 38 trade publications, 37 online portals, etc.

The three-day expo will comprise an exhibition with 325 national and international companies showcasing trends and technologies for integrated smart city management. The exhibiting companies include leading multinationals to innovative start-ups – Dell International, Xerox, Ericsson, 3M India, Berger Paints, Godrej Security, Grundfos Pumps, Millenium Semiconductor, Tata Projects, Volvo, Yamaha, etc. offering solutions for smart cities India.

Commenting on the expo, Ravinder Pal Singh, Director, Solutions Strategy & Business Development, (IoT, Smart Cities & Digitisation) Dell India, said “We are delighted to associate with Smart Cities India 2016 expo in its second edition. This is a great platform to meet stakeholders in the smart city ecosystem and deliberate and discuss on future roadmap for India. Our country is at the cusp of a massive transformation and the Prime Minister’s Smart Cities mission will be a game changer for India over the next 5-10 years. Platforms such as Smart Cities expo help draw attention to the right areas for economic progress. During 3 days of Smart Cities India expo, we expect multiple stakeholders and end users to visit which will help us to increase awareness around what Dell’s Smart City Value Proposition is and how we are rightly placed to support them in taking this vision to reality.”

To demonstrate huge international interest towards India’s ambitious mission of developing Smart Cities, the expo will host 4 individual country pavilions (Holland, Poland, Sweden, and Taiwan) and participants from 40 countries.

In addition to the exhibition, the 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 expo will feature 300 eminent speakers across 46 concurrent conference sessions conferring on Smart cities in India: Policy and regulatory environment; Smart urban planning; Building healthy cities; Smart water solutions for smart cities; Green buildings for smart cities; Role of ICT in delivering smart cities; Solar rooftops as a game changer; Smart transport: Policies, legal issues & market realities; Smart grids: Shaping the future of smart cities; Smart cities: Preparing for disasters; Smart leadership for smart cities; Smart Cities develop smart citizens with smart education; Smart infrastructure and energy for rural India; etc.

Eminent business leaders from across the globe at the conference include: Mr. Ravinder Pal Singh (Director – Solutions Strategy & Business Development, Smart Cities, IoT & Digitization, Dell Inc., India); Meenakshi Lekhi (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, India); Raghav Chandra, IAS (Chairman, NHAI, India); Dr. Nirmaljit Singh Kalsi, IAS (Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab, India); Alkesh Sharma, IAS (CEO & MD, DMICDC, India); Dr. Ajay Mathur (Director General, TERI); Mr. Vijay Kalantri (President, AIAI, India); Dr. Arunabha Ghosh (CEO, Council of Energy Environment & Water, India); Mr. Arun Firodia (Chairman, Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions Ltd., India); Mr. Gordon Falconer (Director Smart Cities, Schneider Electric, Singapore); Mr. Guy Perry (President-Cities & Strategy, Essel Group, India); Dr. Anand Agarwal (CEO, Sterlite, India); etc.

Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group said, “The Government’s vision of Smart Cities in India is intended to enhance the quality of urban life. We are delighted that Smart Cities India 2016 expo serves as a platform to initiate the dialogue around urbanization and to make India’s smart cities dream a reality”.

The 2nd edition of Smart Cities India 2016 expo, will co-host for the first time:
Smart Cities India Awards to recognize individuals, policy makers, companies, government bodies and associations working behind the successful execution of the dream to develop smart cities in the country. The award nominations consist of 9 categories including the Architectural design; Green building; Safe city; Smart city project; Smart energy; Smart urban mobility; Smart village; Smart water project; and Solid waste management project, with 11 winners in totality.

Mayor’s Conclave as a platform to mayors, municipal commissioners, and strategy advisors from across the globe, to collaborate, foster best practices in urban policy innovation, boost investments, and drive meaningful, and sustainable action in developing Smart Cities in India.
Smart Village Conclave with members of parliament, pradhans, sarpanchs, innovators and influencers deliberating on the needs of urban sustainability.

Smart Transportation 2016 expo focussed on smart technologies and solutions for convenient and eco-friendly transportation systems in cities. On display are electric mobility; battery and storage systems; electric vehicle charging; fuel cells; alternate fuels; navigation systems; autonomous technologies; in-car connectivity; IoT; fleet management; public transport systems; intelligent transport systems; road traffic systems; parking management; sensors; semi-conductors; skilling and Make in India, etc.

About Smart Cities India expo:

Smart Cities India expo is an annual exhibition and conference organised by Exhibitions India group. Launched in 2015, the expo has emerged as one of the significant smart city events worldwide.

The expo is supported by 10 central government ministries. Support from some of the leading associations including NASSCOM; The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI); The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE); Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC); Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST); Battery Rickshaw Welfare Association (BRWA); COAI; etc.

About Exhibitions India Group:

Exhibitions India Group is a multi-services trade promotion company with 130 employees located in New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Overseas offices are in Dubai, Germany, Japan, Kenya and the U.S.A.
The company is certified by Trace International Inc. (USA) for transparency in international commercial transactions. EIG is a member of UFI – The Global Association of Exhibitions Industry and Indo-German Chambers of Commerce. We are amongst a few trade promotion organisations with ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certification.

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