In 2016, the plan to transform Rashtrapati Bhavan into a smart township was etched into the minds of many Indians, who were slowly learning to embrace a new, Digital India. With the talent and expertise of IBM, the President of India opened an Intelligent Operation Centre in the midst of the structure and even launched a mobile app to mark the commencement of the digital transformation of this iconic structure.
Well, RashtrapatiBhavan is not the only property to be converted into a smart township. Several developers across various metros, as well as small cities in India, have launched their ambitious Smart Township aka integrated township projects. These townships promise a higher quality of life. A smart township combines several elements of the latest technologies, focusing on IoT connected devices, to deliver a smooth experience and improve the quality of life for residents. In theory, a smart township is one which can be controlled from all anywhere in the world, wirelessly. They are a cluster of smart homes which digitally and wirelessly communicate with each other with the exchange of data.
So what are the main components required in a smart township framework? Let’s take a closer look.
Planning for convenience
First and foremost, a smart township is always located near areas where there are clusters of companies so that residents have the opportunity to work and earn. Secondly, all of the other essential amenities are located within the smart society. Your typical smart society will have a school, hospital, wellness centers, entertainment and retail centers, shopping centers and clubhouses within the perimeter of the society itself. This makes life extremely convenient for the residents. People have more free time since the time spent for conveyance, whether it’s to school or office is saved. Planning is such that there is no need for residents to leave the township for daily activities unless they want to.
The homes within a smart society are smart homes. These homes have the similar frameworks to the smart society, on a more magnified scale. A smart home is simply a connected home -it is a home which is laden with high-tech, IoT devices which can be controlled remotely via mobile apps. Everything about the smart home – right from the lighting to appliances and even the thermostat – can be managed remotely. This automation makes life in a smart home a lot more convenient. What’s more is that it allows the residents to utilize their time better as well, for example, one can do a load of laundry from their workplace if their washing machine is connected to your home application.
Smart Gas Detection
Your average, run of the mill, society or township has obsolete safety and security precautions. This cannot be the same with a smart township. With the sheer volume of connected devices, electric equipment, and automation, the risks of fires because of various kind of gas leaks are much higher in smart townships. Smart townships obviously need each home to be equipped with a good IoT-enabled LPG/ PNG gas detector which can be monitored and controlled using a mobile app by the house owners. That apart, the vast parking areas need to be equipped with connected Carbon Monoxide gas leak detectors. The huge battery rooms need be equipped with Hydrogen gas detectors. These detectors should be IoT-enabled and be able to send appropriate alarms, texts, and mobile app notifications to the right stakeholders for quicker actions.
Apart from the surveillance equipment and CCTV cameras, smart townships require smart security solutions. Here, security cameras cover wider areas including the blind spots, access is more controlled through RFID, smart cards, or biometric access, each home is equipped with connected video door phones, and doors are equipped with motion sensors. Through automatic activity monitoring intrusion detection, and automatic workflows, appropriate alerts are raised for immediate action by the concerned authorities.
Greener conveyance to ease the load on the environment
Smart townships are not just about making our own lives simpler, but also to ease the load on the environment. Smart townships have electric charging points everywhere so as to promote the use of electric cars. Cycles are stationed everywhere for travel within the township, these are also digitally enabled to calculate charges so one may follow the self service module.
Intelligent resource and waste management
Carrying forward the point about greener solutions, a smart township typically has solar-powered LED street lights and intelligent systems to monitor the use of resources. Solar panels may be installed for all the homes and commercial areas as well. All this cuts long-term costs and makes a huge difference to the carbon footprint.Segregation of waste,centralized garbage management,and treatment facilities also exist within the township.
World class amenities
A smart township will always boast excellent amenities. There’s something for everyone to do here, from sports complexes to restaurants and shopping malls, you can even indulge in some self-care at your township spa!
The end-goal of a smart township is to elevate the standard of living of its residents by using greener technologies and connected devices. Without these key cornerstones, one cannot consider the township to be a “smart” one. Is your township ready to be a “smart township”?
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