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  1. 1. Importance of Smart Cities Essential Infrastructure for Businesses in Smart Cities Tech-Topia Why do Businesses Need Smart Cities? Elevating Lifestyle with Innovation India's Innovative Solution Providers - 2021 Mr. Manish Mehan CEO and MD www.insightssuccess.in VOL-10 ISSUE-01 2021
  2. 2. Editor’s Note hen the government of India launched its Wambitious Smart City Mission in 2015, little did anyone expect the project to be implemented so promptly. But this was not just another government project that would be shoved under the table for years before being pulled out, dusted, and then implemented. In fact, this ongoing project is already transforming cities to make them liveable. Smart cities will enable citizens to lead a quality life through local area development and enhance the city's economic growth. By 2023, around 4,000 cities of India with a population of 5,00,000 each are expected to be smart cities. Making the most of available resources and making cities liveable, sustainable with basic infrastructure, clean and sustainable environment with smart solutions are the goals of the mission. Harnessing technology for smart outcomes is one of the significant components of the mission. Needless to say, that just like Rome was not built in a day, smart city project too will need the time and involvement of various entities, including people. To harness technology for smart development, smart solution providers come to the picture with their innovative and hi-tech solutions. SMART TECHNOLOGIES TRANSFORMING THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN INDIAN CITIES
  3. 3. Be it the roads, transport, government or commercial complexes, geo-mapping, traffic control and signals, smart parking, clean environment, and water; digitalization will be rife in Indian cities. Using the latest technologies like Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, the Internet of Things, sensors, blockchain/geospatial technology, and many more, the smart city project is on a spree to transform the lives of cities in India. So, automatic monitoring of traffic signals, e-toilets, e-classrooms, user-friendly roads, health, public safety, water management, smart streetlights, and much more are being implemented in cities across the country. The government of India’s prestigious project that was initially targeted for 100 cities has now been extended to more than 4,000 cities and looks promising till date with the ongoing works. As long as the smart city mission goes on, there will be a need for smart solutions, and the project is a continuous process. The solution providers are already doing their best. Taking cognizance of their contribution in aiding the Smart City Mission to succeed, we at Insights Success featured some of the smart city solution providers in our latest edition, India’s Innovative Smart City Solution Providers, 2021. Please read about the exciting journey of these solution providers and the smart solutions they employ for our ease of living. - Sumita Sarkar Sumita Sarkar Editor-in-Chief sumita@insightssuccess.com
  4. 4. C O N T E N T S A R T I C L E S Elevate Parking Systems and Lifts Enabling Innovative and Advanced Parking Solutions ITSPE Providing Smart Solutions for Traffic Mobility Videonetics Technology Making the World Safer and Smarter Importance of Smart Cities Essential Infrastructure for Businesses in Smart Cities Tech-Topia Why do Businesses Need Smart Cities? 20 24 32 16 28
  5. 5. Elevating Lifestyle with Innovation levator C O V E R S T O R Y 08
  6. 6. Copyright © 2021 Insights Success Media and Technology Pvt. Ltd., All rights reserved. The content and images used in this magazine should not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission from Insights Success Media and Technology Pvt. Ltd. Reprint rights remain solely with Insights Success. Printed and Published by Insights Success Media and Technology Pvt. Ltd. Follow us on : www.facebook.com/insightssuccess/ https://twitter.com/insightssuccess Cover Price : RS. 150/- RNI NUMBER: MAHENG/2018/75953 Editor-in-Chief Sumita Sarkar Deputy Editor Abhishaj Sajeev Managing Editor Darshan Parmar Assisting Editor Ananda Kamal Das Contributing Writer Sayali Sangewar Chief Designer Priyanka Rajage Designing Head Vishal Pawar Co-designer Rashmi Singh Operations Head Megha Mishra Business Development Manager Ashwini Pahurkar Business Development Lead Asif Patel Business Development Executive Oshin Bhagat Technical Head Aditya Kothare Technical Specialist Amar Sawant Digital Marketing Manager Amol Wadekar SME-SMO Executive Atul Dhoran Circulation Manager Tanaji Insights Success Media Tech LLC 555 Metro Place North, Suite 100, Dublin, OH 43017, United States Phone - (614)-602-1754 Email: info@insightssuccess.com For Subscription: www.insightssuccess.com Insights Success Media and Technology Pvt. Ltd. Off. No. 22 & 510, Rainbow Plaza, Shivar Chowk, Pimple Saudagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411017 Phone - India: +91 7410079881/ 82/ 83/ 84/ 85 Email: info@insightssuccess.in For Subscription: www.insightssuccess.in Corporate Offices: sales@insightssuccess.com OCTOBER, 2021 We are also available on
  7. 7. Management Brief Hospital Name Mr. Anil Agarwal Founder HEINRICH Karanpal Singh CEO ITS Planners and Engineers Private Limited Elevate Parking Systems Mr. Jitendra Singh Managing Director CIMCON Lighting, part of Quantela, Inc., is the industry leader in smart streetlights and smart city platforms. Elevate Parking Systems prides itself in terms of quality of products offered to the clients. HEINRICH strives to achieve an enviable position in setting the leading standards in Life Safety and Automation through top quality products and services ITSPE provides state of the art solutions for managing various ITS and smart cities infrastructure in an efficient manner. CIMCON Lighting Mr. Ayush Agarwal Chief Commercial Officer TK Elevator Established in 2002, TK Elevator (India) installs, maintains and modernizes elevators and escalators in India and Bangladesh. Mr. Manish Mehan CEO and Managing Director India's Innovative Solution Providers - 2021 Videonetics Technology Pvt. Ltd. Videonetics has been ranked #1 Video Management Software provider in India, and among the top 5 in Asia (IHS/Informa Tech Research). Dr Tinku Acharya Founder and Managing Director
  8. 8. Elevating Lifestyle with Innovation levator TK Elevator also offers moving walks and escalators that make journeys over long spans faster, safer, and almost effortless for passengers India's Innovative Solution Providers - 2021
  9. 9. C o v e r S t o r y Mr. Manish Mehan CEO and MD
  10. 10. here has been a global Tmovement towards smarter cities, acknowledging the power of technology to make daily lives easier and safer whilst providing customized experiences. Within the elevator industry, this movement has been represented by the adoption of smart, connected and remotely monitored and managed elevators. Whether it is a new installation, modernization or carrying out routine maintenance, TK Elevator is committed to delivering professional, dependable, and timely responses to customer requests always. TK Elevator’s expertise in providing customized solutions for large infrastructure and demanding high-rise projects makes its products a perfect match for the key growth sectors in the Indian construction industry. Having established a base of over 2100 employees across an extensive network of four regional offices, 23 Branches and 74 Service and Response Centres in India, the company is determined to serve its customers on a 24/7 basis even at the remotest locations. With its multi-purpose factory at Chakan, Pune providing product and R&D support to its customers and professional team, TK Elevator is all set to tap the growing elevator market of India. In the Business of Moving People TK Elevator (formerly known as thyssenkrupp Elevator) specializes in providing advanced solutions for moving people from one place to another: vertically and horizontally. TK Elevator employs a highly trained and dedicated workforce of over 900 service team members, maintaining over 25,000 units across India. The company’s portfolio comprises a wide
  11. 11. range of passenger and freight elevators, escalators, and moving walks that are industry-leading in terms of engineering and technology. Its extensive range of machine room-less (MRL), as well as machine room (MR) products, ensures that it always has the right products to cater for the needs of low to mid-and high-rise projects. TK Elevator also offers premium high-speed elevators that are customized for super high-rise projects, and customized mobility solutions for commercial projects, malls and shopping complexes, hospitals, and hotels. For situations where outright performance is not a primary criterion, but functional excellence, reliability, and durability remain essential. The company’s range of practical mid/low-speed elevators provide excellent value for leaner budgets. Inspiration Behind Stepping into the Field India is at the forefront of information technology development, world-class solutions, and support are locally available for cloud applications, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data, which gives the company an advantage in bringing the latest technologies to the local market.
  12. 12. At present, affordable and reliable run- of-the-mill products and solutions still account for a majority of the demand for elevators and escalators in India, as the country continues to urbanize. Although it will still take time for the local market to shift its demand to the higher end of the product spectrum, the company sees smart cities as the future direction and its advantage in leveraging local IT support to make its smart mobility solutions more reliable and accessible to customers in India. As a market leader and to stay ahead of the competition, TK Elevator has made the R&D and promotion of its smart building and city solutions a high priority in India. As more high-end construction and infrastructure projects, which emphasize sustainability and speed gain popularity in the Indian market, the TKE brand will be one of the best- known names in India for energy- efficient, AI-assisted, centrally managed and maintained elevator solutions. Box Full of Benefits TK Elevator’s TEAMService brings the industry’s most comprehensive approach to keeping people moving safely and reliably, by offering systematic and stress-free maintenance service to customers. It has the resources and capability to service, maintain, and source replacement parts even for the third party manufactured units so that its customers can rest assured that their entire portfolio of escalators and/or elevators regardless of the manufacturer is in the good hands of TK Elevator. To ensure seamless service and utmost safety, the company has also rolled out a practice of ‘Preventative Maintenance’ for some of its major customers. Under such maintenance arrangement, critical parts of the elevators/escalators will be directly replaced by new parts once they have reached their expected component life span, even if they are still functioning properly. Maintenance aside, modernization (MOD) is another key service TK provides to elevators and escalators operated by its customers. Its manufacturing facility and technical team can renew and modernize escalators and elevators of any make, the modernized units will conform to the strictest quality and safety standards same as TKE-manufactured units. Among other product enhancements, TK Elevator has developed the following game-changing signature solutions to cater for the needs of smart buildings and cities: • MULTI: MULTI is the world’s first rope-free elevator that moves multiple cars in a single shaft vertically and horizontally and reduces elevators’ footprint while increasing passenger throughput. • MULTI is set to revolutionize tall building construction. With MULTI’s rope-free system, architects and developers are no longer restricted in their designs by concerns about elevator shaft height and vertical alignment. MULTI opens the door to design possibilities in all directions. • TWIN: The TWIN elevator system consists of two cabs that operate in the same shaft independent of each other. Both cabs operate under the same intelligent group control system and are equipped with an innovative quadruple redundancy safety system. It uses less energy while transporting more passengers than conventional elevators. • MAX: MAX is a game-changing predictive and pre-emptive service solution that extends remote monitoring capabilities to increase current availability levels of existing and new elevators. Utilizing the power of Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) technology, MAX makes it possible for an elevator to ‘tell’ service technicians its real needs, including identification of repairs, component replacements, and proactive system maintenance. Overcoming Challenges TK Elevator invests significant resources in R&D. Its products are designed with a simple philosophy of higher efficiency, fewer maintenance intervals, and lower associated emissions. Strong design and engineering are its core strengths, which form the basis of the business. Meanwhile, many parts of India are still at their early stage of urbanization, which means TK Elevator must strike a balance in satisfying the massive demand for reliable and quality mobility products. At the same time introducing to the market state-of-the- art advanced mobility solutions that utilize assorted smart technologies to make elevators and escalators more efficient, and more user and environment friendly. Beating the Pandemic The Covid-19 outbreak has had a severe impact on society and the economy, it also changes how people travel, commute, and conduct business activities. Passengers have become more conscious about elevators hygiene and safety protocols, while businesses, property owners, and managers are looking into monitoring their mobility assets without the need of being on-site.
  13. 13. Inevitably with lock-down arrangements in place, the company’s efforts to meet with and provide service to the customers have been affected during the most severe period. To cope with these challenges, TK Elevator has been working hard to provide solutions for safer rides and more efficient ways to remotely monitor and manage its units amid the pandemic, and most of the solutions have been based on digital enhancements and technologies. Protecting the health and safety of the customers, employees and communities during the pandemic has been the most important and challenging task for the company, the TK Elevator team has remained committed to serving its customers and continued to support businesses while observing all recommended safety precautions. It has conducted a vaccination drive to protect the health and safety of its employees, and to give its customers the peace of mind to work with them. Despite all these challenges, the service and installation teams have gone against all odds to provide round the clock support during these unfavourable circumstances for its customers. Words from the Best The idea of building a smart city aims to improve the quality of urban living, make horizontal and vertical travels easier and reduce its impact on the environment. When coming up with solutions for a smart city, the company’s advice for the younger generation is to focus on how their solution would improve lives and what kind of additional value it will bring forth to the society; this is exactly the rationale behind the various next-generation mobility solutions. As cities urbanize and vertical transportation becomes a necessity, company’s in-car infotainment and connectivity solutions make elevator rides more pleasant and productive. Mobile phone-based remote calling solutions not only shorten the wait time for elevator rides but also make your daily vertical travel completely touchless, safe from harmful germs and bacteria. By offering the possibility to operate two independent elevator cars in the same shaft, its signature TWIN elevator system effectively reduces energy use and as a result the carbon footprint of vertical travels; this is just another example among many, of how TK Elevator invest its resources and efforts in making urban living more sustainable and user-friendly. Trailblazing Towards Tomorrow The company’s long-term business strategy is to continue growing by offering ingenious, customized, and energy-efficient mobility solutions. It is also determined to strengthen its share in the maintenance and service business by promoting and leveraging its extensive experience in the industry. With its state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility (MPF) in Pune, configured in line with the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative to promote innovation and local manufacturing, the company is determined to serve every customer with quality local- manufactured elevators and escalators. It is also keen to grow with the communities it operates in, by creating more local employment opportunities in its sales and service branches and manufacturing locations. TK Elevator spares no efforts and resources in fostering innovation. Its 84,000 square-metre multi-purpose facilities (MPF) was established with an investment of about Rs.300 Cr. It includes manufacturing and logistics centre, customer showroom with experience centre, training centre and R&D centre. The facility was designed with future expandability in mind, with an initial capacity of manufacturing 6,000 elevator units, extendable to over 10,000 units in the foreseeable future. Its Pune multi-purpose facility (MPF) will enable the company to significantly expand in the region and support the increasing growth of the Indian construction sector, driven by strong urbanization. Current Industry Insights India is one of the fastest and largest growing markets for smart cities due to government initiatives and wide and advanced adoption of technology. The smart cities mission of the government of India is based on a sustainable and inclusive development approach. The mission aims to create a model that can be replicated, catalysing the creation of similar smart cities in various parts of the country. As per Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs recent report, Smart Cities Mission (SCM) is being implemented in 100 cities. As on 30 June,2021, 2,734 projects worth ₹ 46,769 crore have been completed. Therefore, investing in the development of mobility solutions to serve the needs of smart cities is not only a forward- looking business decision but also TK Elevator’s commitment to upholding corporate responsibility and growing with India.
  14. 14. Essential Infrastructure for in Businesses Smart Cities Smart Cities OCTOBER 2021 | 16 | www.insightssuccess.in
  15. 15. It is the time of rapid growth and change. Smart city is the change required for better lifestyle and sustainability. However, the evolutionary idea of smart city can only be noticed in only a few developing cities now. This concept is yet to set a firm footing in the rural areas and needs time to be a fully developed concept. Smart cities give us the sheer satisfaction of infrastructure benefits, smart solutions, low maintenance, and safety precautions. The concentration should be on developing a society with all benefits possible. Smart cities are just not maintaining societies, creating high-tech buildings, and giving exceptional interior. But it is a whole package that can ease your personal and professional life. Giving your home all benefits of smart kitchen, smart parking, and smart locks is mainstream. However, giving your workplace all the benefits should be the priority. With the advanced concept of green architecture, solar services, and recycling; smart cities are the best solutions for business advancement. Importance of Smart Cities OCTOBER 2021 | 17 | www.insightssuccess.in
  16. 16. Workplaces require smart solutions for the enhancement of industries. In the present scenario, not all workplaces have essential infrastructural components. Giving those components will boost the industries with sustainable and useful changes. Let's see what are things that will add a finer touch to your business infrastructure. Ÿ Green Architecture Pollution's devasting effect on environment has been extreme in past few years, contributing to lessening of natural resources. Green architecture can be practised to save the planet and use needful number of resources. The growth of mankind has a huge impact on natural environment. The making of buildings, house, factories can grab the unwanted number of natural resources. Green architecture can save the number of resources, which we spend on creating fancy buildings. The amount of water and electricity that is wasted can be reduced to normal if we use green architecture. Construction of anything is the most solid base of growth. Using sustainable resources from the scratch will bring the needed change and stability to the premises. Uniqueness and sustainability would be the best combination till date. Green buildings use less water, less energy, and create less waste that will be healthier to live with. Green building contractors incorporate the techniques that use recourses carefully and more effectively during constructing, renovation, and demolition. Ÿ Solar Services Cities are transforming their infrastructure to capitalize on new technologies and integrate connected solutions into the very foundation of how they operate and care for their citizens. Solar services are one of the most evolving platforms right now. People who provide with sustainable solutions are not only pushing the world to use solar services but also evolving its services with every passing day. Solar energy plays a big role in creating smart cities. Some major benefits of using solar services are, it is eco-friendly, reduces electricity bill, easy to maintain, and easy to install. Including solar panels to the infrastructure of the building will be the boom for the smart businesses. Ÿ Recycling More people are starting to move in city areas for better jobs, education, and different opportunities. As much as the population increases, so does the traffic, garbage, and pollution. The technology in the field of smart waste management includes the use of sensors that measure the fill level of the trash bin. Precise data is then sent to the cloud for further process and analysis. By using this data, trash collection can be planned as well as truck routes can be optimized. Recycling is a must do for the surrounding to be cleaner and greener. It takes care of the healthy environment allowing optimization of the utilities and prevents overloading of the carrier of the waste disposal. Ÿ Seamless communication In a smart city, communication between many systems and sensors is critical. Without them, the smart city cannot properly redistribute resources and improve the lives of its inhabitants. Policymakers in a smart city have access to all of the information they could possibly need to make educated choices. Smart cities utilise intelligent solutions to improve infrastructure as well as smart and responsive government to include residents in municipal administration. A network of sensors, networks, and apps gathers important data such as traffic congestion, energy use, and Co2 levels, which makes life easy. - Sayali Sangewar OCTOBER 2021 | 18 | www.insightssuccess.in
  17. 17. Mohammed Zakir Operation Manager Today's rapidly changing modern world is fuelled by innovative technologies that are instrumental in transforming the quality of human life. The Indian economic development is steered by convenience, comfort, and ease. As smart cities are growing, smart parking systems are gaining traction too. Mechanical parking systems in smart cities provide a better user experience and help decongest traffic and reduce pollution. Parking lots and parking decks usually have a limited amount of space available for vehicles. It may not be feasible to extend the boundaries of a parking lot or construct another parking deck in many cases, thus limiting the number of cars parked. This problem affects many residential, commercial, and hospitality projects in the metros, where plots are relatively smaller. Elevate Parking Systems and Lifts provide innovative parking solutions that can be customized according to the requirements of site plans and construction ideas. The company wants to bridge the gaps that are currently lurking in the industry. While in an exclusive interview with Insights Success, Karanpal Singh, the Managing Director of the company, sheds some light on his way of handling the firm and the services that the company provides. Following are the highlights of the interview: Please brief us about Elevate Parking in detail. Elevate Parking Systems was born in 2013. As the name suggests, we wanted to elevate the car parking system industry with our creative ideas, unique designs, and innovative solutions. Urbanisation has led to a dearth of parking spaces. Research indicates that 30% of traffic jams solely happen because of parking issues, and one million barrels of oil are consumed every day in search of parking space. The official parking space available in cities as compared to an increasing number of vehicles is relatively less. This has led to frustration, stress, chaos, and wastage of time for citizens while searching for parking space availability. We engineered innovative ideas. We busted age-old parking industry myths. We unshackled the high operating costs, and we partnered with clients to give them bespoke holistic parking system solutions that fit the project development needs. Within a short span of eight years, we have come a long way. We still have a lot to achieve. We shaped our company to provide robust, economical, and technologically advanced parking system solutions. We sat behind a driver's seat to understand what goes through his mind while searching or waiting for parking space availability. We felt the frustration. We felt the irritation and pain one went through because of the lack of parking space. The idea of forming Elevate Parking was to provide intelligent parking systems, which solved parking issues that the end-users would cherish regarding usage, the cost to operate, optimum space utilisation, and minimal downtime. Elevate Parking has achieved various milestones in these eight years, with most of our projects being non-standard, specially designed systems. We have provided over 10,000 parking spaces so far. Our prime objective was to save our clients' money without compromising quality through creative design solutions. What inspired you to become a smart city solution provider? The goal of Smart City is to reduce operational costs, improve city management, enhance effectiveness, Enabling Innovative and Advanced Parking Solutions India's Innovative Smart City Solution Provider - 2021 OCTOBER 2021 | 20 | www.insightssuccess.in
  18. 18. and improve productivity. Today every square foot of the city is already constructed without proper planning for parking spaces. Searching for open parking on roads has become a painful exercise, so much so that stepping out of the house, be it for work, leisure, or emergency, is now taking a mental toll on people. The complex, small plot sizes in cities faced challenges to accommodate the required amount of parking for cars on the roads. Creating parking structures in such cities is a major planning challenge. This is where smart parking solutions, which are a synchronous integration of mechanical parking, surface parking, technology, and people, come to the rescue. To be aligned with smart city goals with a defined structured parking management system is necessary today. The combination of convenience and security gives an edge over conventional parking methods and helps save time in a big way. What kind of services do you provide to your clients? First of all, it's not clients but partners. In our company, we refer clients as partners. We partner with them not as vendors but as equal partners, which is why we provide bespoke solutions that fit their needs. For us, the relationship must be a relentless one, and hence when we take a project, we not only hear what the client requires but always start from the basics, that is, building a rapport. We never run after companies. We bond with people in companies, and then if business comes our way, it's our blessing and boon. Providing vertical parking reformations is the core of our business. We manufacture A Mul -talented Personality The Managing Director, Karanpal Singh of Elevate Parking Systems, believes that me is equal to happiness. Quality me is the key to produc vity and key to successful family life. He believes that if you iden fy challenges and have the knack to solve problems, then no ma er what, you can deal with the toughest of circumstances and situa ons. A complete peoples' person, Karanpal Singh believes that no ma er how technologically and digitally advanced the world becomes, people are driven by their heart and mind. He iden fied these emo ons at the core of all parking problems and issues, which reflected in the form of frustra on, anger, irrita on, wastage of me due to traffic conges on. He resonated with these emo ons and came up with user-friendly, efficient automated parking solu ons to enhance the quality of life. For him, every problem was an opportunity. He has been instrumental in the growth and func oning of his company. A self-made man, it is his dream to lessen people's woes of parking issues. He gave up his high-paying job as a nau cal engineer in the Navy to start Elevate Parking Systems and has proved to be a man of ideas and solu ons over the years. A constant learner, concept creator, solu on provider, he wears various thinking hats to perform key roles and responsibili es within the organisa on. But above it all, he owes the company's growth to his employees, who are very close to his heart and takes all necessary steps to make life easy for them. OCTOBER 2021 | 21 | www.insightssuccess.in
  19. 19. technologically advanced car parking systems that are user-friendly. We design, manufacture, install and service automated parking systems. From Semi-Automatic, Automatic to Robotic parking systems - we have it all. When we take on a project, we start with the groundwork of space assessment, creative ideas, and brainstorming, innovative methods, unique designs and elevate to engineer the system through precision and perfection. We create an impact through our on-the-spot solutions, which is our biggest advantage. We always leave behind an idea, irrespective of whether we get the project or not. What challenges have you faced while entering the field of smart city solutions, and how did you transform these challenges into opportunities – One of the biggest challenges we faced was the preference and proliferation of large and reputed parking companies to build and install parking systems. They provided solutions where the operating and maintenance costs were exorbitant and lacked a holistic solution, which in the long run was ultimately not a feasible solution. Smaller companies were side-lined and not entertained as the common myth is that they lack bandwidth and domain knowledge to execute large projects. This is not true. We tackled these hurdles with solutions that not only reduced operational costs but reduced downtime and increased efficiency. We provided economic, technologically advanced quality parking systems. As manufacturers, we could cut down on high manufacturing costs, downsize the middleman margins, and deliver results faster than our competitors. How was your firm/business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? What measures did you take to reduce the damages while helping your clients and maintaining the safety of your employees? COVID-19 has been a difficult time for all businesses. It disrupted the economy and affected day-to-day life, with thousands losing their lives. Fear gripped the world—fear of surviving, fear of income loss, fear of an unpredictable future. And the fear of what next reigned people's minds. For businesses the world over, sustainability, revenue generation, and resource availability were a priority. The world is still struggling with the effects of the pandemic, both physically and mentally. But the pandemic also paved the way for a contactless, digitalised world and created new opportunities. The parking industry was not far behind in this as well. It welcomed contactless automated parking solutions in a bigger way as compared to its earlier existence. Today contactless parking is the new norm and a necessity. It introduced the quickest and safest way of parking without any human contact. Digitalisation brought in technologically advanced parking systems infused with artificial intelligence. It eliminated and minimised direct contacts at various touchpoints, from finding vacant parking spots, tracking, and monitoring entry and exit points to digitalised payments – all of which reduced time, fuel, frustrations associated with parking and enhanced the user experience. What would you like to advise the young generation of entrepreneurs and enthusiasts who want to become smart city solution providers? To be thinkers and ideators. Yes, the younger generation has everything available at their fingertips. But one needs to put pen to paper and come with customised, innovative parking solutions that are in sync with the client's objectives and goals. 8. Where do you see yourself in the future? Kindly tell us about your strategies for scaling your business. I want to take the company's operation across the length and breadth of India by 2023 and globally by 2025. I am never deterred by competition; I believe in setting my benchmark and breaking my record to take a higher leap with newer targets. Small steps have led to bigger impacts. Today we continue using the same strategy for our growth and way forward. Moreover, we have earned the respect of our clients by inculcating a transparent and ethical work culture. “ Networking and collaboration have helped us to scale up our business in a big way “ OCTOBER 2021 | 22 | www.insightssuccess.in
  20. 20. We have a responsibility to make our cities a better place to live in “ “ India's Innovative Smart City Solution Providers-2021 Providing Smart Solutions for Traffic Mobility Deployment of new technology on the ground is always a challenge. India is taking a huge leap in terms of having advanced systems in various cities through the smart city mission. This sudden opportunity has brought in a lot of technological advancement; however, there is still a lack of knowledge about ITS systems in general. The cities are not able to identify as well as quantify their requirements correctly, which sometimes lead to differences between expectations and reality. The operations of such systems need technically skilled personnel and traffic engineers. This critical concept is simplified by ITSPE. An innovation-driven company specialising in intelligent transport systems. ITSPE being a technical company provide products, solutions, and services related to ITS and traffic engineering. In an exclusive interview with Insights Success, Mr. Ayush Agrawal, Chief Commercial Officer – ITSPE shares some insights about the dynamics of the company. Following are the highlights of the company: Describe about your company/firm/profession in detail. We offer ITS products for traffic management and control for highways, urban road networks and public transport management. We also offer ITS design and consultancy services, simulation modelling, custom R&D, and product development services. We are passionate about what we do. We will lend our expertise to understand, analyse, and offer solutions to mobility-related problems, however big or small, to private sector clients, and the government. Our major offerings include Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS), Transit Management, Highways Traffic Management Systems (ATMS/HTMS), Mobility Management, Solid Waste Management, ITS Consultancy, and Simulation Modelling, etc. We have a strong base in India, having in-house software development, as well as R&D teams, which allow us to offer better solutions as per the requirements of the clients. What inspired you to become a smart city solution provider? OCTOBER 2021 | 24 | www.insightssuccess.in
  21. 21. Mr. Ayush Agrawal Chief Commercial Officer A Dynamic Leader Mr Ayush Agrawal is the Chief Commercial Officer of ITS Planners and Engineers Private Limited. He has experience in marketing, adaptability, and implementation of ITS systems in non-homogenous traffic conditions, operations, and optimisation of railway networks and promotion of technology solutions. He has led the marketing and implementation of ITSPE traffic management systems across India for the past 5 years. He also leads the identification of relevant and sustainable partners for complimentary products to be offered as a part of the company's solutions. He brings in the expertise of redefining ITS systems as per market demands and the expected technical trends. He has a dual degree, integrated B.Tech and M.Tech, from IIT Bombay. OCTOBER 2021 | 25 | www.insightssuccess.in
  22. 22. We have been interested in bringing innovative solutions for ITS for a long time. We started with deploying our solutions in the UK where we provided customised traffic control systems for Southampton and East Sussex. We strongly believe that with efficient systems we can reduce congestion and improve the travel experience in cities. We also want to enhance the reliability and ease of usage for public transport. However, the market in India was not really organised before the start of the smart city mission. The number of projects involving advanced ITS systems was limited. With the rollout of the Smart Cities Programme, a lot of cities and authorities were made aware of the various ITS systems and their impact on the day-to-day life of road users. In order to extend our outreach, we have aligned ourselves with most of the major Master System Integrators (MSI) and started offering our products for various smart cities. Our products have been used in multiple cities by many MSIs proving our credibility. What kind of services do you provide to your clients? We have worked on multiple projects such as ITS design consultancy for Expressways in Qatar, ATCS deployments in various cities in India, and HTMS/ATMS for highways, etc. We have also worked as system integrators for several ATCS and HTMS projects where we have undertaken the entire deployment including all of the civil and electrical works, testing, and commissioning. ITSPE's traffic engineering and operations teams provide customised traffic management strategies to our clients and operate our ITS systems on a day-to-day basis. How was your firm/business affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what measures did you take to shorten the damages, while helping your clients and maintaining the safety of your employees? I don't think Covid has spared any government-related sectors. Due to the sudden transfer of funds towards covid relief and lockdowns, there was a complete halt in ongoing projects as well as floating of new tenders. The billing cycles were severely impacted and not many smart city projects have been awarded in the last year. We have used this opportunity to strengthen our portfolio and increase our offerings to smart cities as well as highways. We enhanced our transit management product, Neptune, to better suit the Indian public transport needs. We also resumed operations of our site teams adhering to all the safety protocols by taking special approvals to support our critical projects and established a work from home ecosystem for our software teams to support all the projects. We have now slowly started reopening our office with limited strength of vaccinated employees. What would you like to advice the young generation of entrepreneurs and enthusiasts who want to become a smart city solution provider? Our recommendation to all the enthusiasts out there is to think about the value addition of their product/service. We all should aim to solve an existing problem with the help of technology. The person should also think about the long- term usage and support services to enable cities to realise the full potential of the proposed systems and solutions. Where do you see yourself in the future? Kindly tell us about your strategies for scaling your business. ITSPE is on the path of having close to 1000+ traffic junctions in India in the next 1-2 years. We also expect to revolutionise the transit management market by offering a fresh approach by focusing on the overall management of public transport instead of providing bits and pieces solutions. We also expect to have close to 20-25 stretches of highway managed using our traffic management platform. ITSPE is also actively working on ITS consultancy/project management opportunities to enable the cities to deploy better ITS systems. In addition to our continuous expansion in India, ITSPE is working with various partners to extend our products and services to European and other Asian countries. We expect to provide technically advanced solutions and ITS consultancy to these markets. We also plan to expand our transport modelling services by at least 150% in the next FY across Indian and international markets. What is the current industrial scenario of smart city solutions? A lot of smart cities have deployed several IT solutions, which have helped them greatly in enhancing their capabilities to tackle various day to day challenges. The integrated command control room has also helped cities to manage the covid situation efficiently by enabling monitoring of covid lockdowns, a helpline for covid, etc. A lot of cities have started reaping the benefits of deploying ICCC based solutions. In case of traffic management, there have been drastic changes in overall traffic rule compliances and reduction of traffic congestion at bottlenecks in many cities. It is a long journey to reach a stage where we reap out all the benefits possible by such ITS deployments, but we are taking giant strides in this direction. OCTOBER 2021 | 26 | www.insightssuccess.in
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  24. 24. With an expanding urban population and fast urbanisation, smart city initiatives are gaining appeal throughout the world. Stakeholders are seeking more efficient methods to manage complexity, boost efficiency, and improve quality of life. This has generated a need for cities to monitor and integrate infrastructure in order to better manage resources while providing the best services to their residents. Since the inception of this program, Videonetics is playing a pivotal role by providing its unified video computing platform, especially developed to address typical challenges with regards to large-scale surveillance, traffic management, and video forensics, etc. It has successfully achieved the market leadership position in the safe and smart city market in India by successfully securing 140 cities in India. The modular architecture of UVCP™ makes it efficient to integrate various applications using pluggable modules and customize the solution to meet the unique needs of many industries ranging from small shops to universities, stadiums, and cities. In an exclusive interview with Insights Success, Dr Tinku Acharya, who has worked in technology leadership positions across industries in the US and India. He sheds some light on the smart city initiatives and expresses about Videonetics and its operations. With such an enriched experience, he has guided and supervised numerous graduate and doctoral students. Let us dive into the interview given below: Describe Videonetics in detail. We are the world’s first company to develop AI and DL powered unified video computing platform (UVCP™), which has been magnificently managing video data as well as other sensor-generated multi-sensory data in a single unified framework. Videonetics UVCP™ has been trained with very large and diverse datasets, making it incredibly robust, smart, and computationally efficient. It encompasses Intelligent VMS, Video Analytics, Intelligent Traffic Management System, Facial Recognition, Video Computing Platform as a Service (VCPaaS™), and Video Command Control Centre. We have been ranked as the number one VMS provider in India and amongst the top five in Asia (IHS/ Informa Tech Research 2019). Acclaimed as a market leader, Videonetics has secured more than 140 cities, 80+ airports, 100+ large enterprises, and monitoring 15K traffic lanes across many geographies. What is the USP of Videonetics, and how is it different from others? The key to our success has been our uniqueness of the platform, local solutions for local problems, ‘truly’ open platform, technology-neutral, and willingness to undertake challenges to resolve specific issues by providing customized solutions combined with world-class after-sales service to our partners and end customers. Our technology has achieved patents from countries like Israel, the UK, the USA, Singapore, Canada, India, and so on. How was your firm/business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and what measures did you take to shorten the damages while helping your clients and maintaining the safety of your employees? Making the World Safer and Smarter OCTOBER 2021 | 32 | www.insightssuccess.in
  25. 25. Cities around the world are getting smarter, and so we are! “ “ “ “ Videonetics was founded by Dr Tinku Acharya, an IEEE fellow, internationally acclaimed scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur, with a mission to develop an unparalleled video computing platform. He is enriched with Intellectual Property portfolio and delivers pioneering products worldwide, to solve real-life challenges and problems. Dr Acharya contributed to more than 160 US and International patents in various technology domains such as visual computing architectures, electronic imaging, data compression, multimedia computing, computer vision, intelligent video, VLSI architectures and algorithms, and so on. He has contributed to over 200 technical papers published in reviewed international journals, conferences, and book chapters. He was elevated to ‘Fellow of IEEE’ in 2010 for his ‘contributions to the advancement of very-large-scale integration algorithms and architectures for electronic image processing’. He received the ‘Outstanding Engineer’ award from IEEE Southwest Region, USA, and the ‘Engineer of the Year’ award from IEEE Phoenix, USA, in 2008. He was identified as the ‘Most Prolific Inventor’ in Intel (worldwide) in 1999 and 2001, and in Intel Arizona, USA site for five consecutive years (1997-2001). He is a recipient of the ‘2009 NASI - Reliance Platinum Jubilee Award for innovation in Physical Sciences’ from the National Academy of Science in India and the ‘first innovator’ to receive this prestigious award. Dr Tinku Acharya Founder India's Innovative Smart City Solution Providers - 2021 A Procient Leader OCTOBER 2021 | 33 | www.insightssuccess.in
  26. 26. The COVID-19 global pandemic had a life-changing impact on all of us in the last two years, including a multi- faceted jolt on the video surveillance industry. The influence of COVID-19 on companies and economies is changing the way businesses are run and provided throughout the world. Despite COVID-related restrictions and their impact on the global economy, Videonetics has maintained a positive momentum and never stopped innovation. We became the world’s first company to launch AI-powered video analytics- based Pandemic Management Suite ‘SAJAG’ to empower COVID-19 warriors, crusaders, and law enforcement by delivering actionable intelligence with in-depth insights to combat the spread of the COVID-19. Business continuity and the health of our employees, partners, and customers are our primary concerns. During this time, we are focused on supporting our partners and customers as much as we can. They are the extended arms of the company; we ensure to sustain their trust and confidence with us and continuing business with them throughout this unprecedented time and well into the future. What are the security trends that Videonetics is observing in India at present? This unprecedented outbreak has put every sector on the planet to the test as governments struggle to contain the virus. As the globe begins to vaccinate against COVID-19, the public and private sectors will stay alert in 2021 for protocol adherence. However, security concerns continue to be a significant motivator for end customers to spend on security, independent of vertical or even pandemic. And, in order to overcome these difficulties, the following major developments will emerge in 2021: • Artificial Intelligence Based Solutions: Artificial intelligence- based solutions are still popular and will have a significant impact on the security sector. AI is making it conceivable for industries to occupy with actionable intelligence, as well as delivering security departments with data to spot potential issues or threats before they arise. In addition, they empower security operators or law enforcement agencies with forensics tools during the investigation process for making an informed decision. • A Significant Focus on Cybersecurity: Today’s cyber- attacks are smarter and more advanced than ever, so developing cyber-resilient protection systems is no longer an option but an imperative. We at Videonetics are deeply focused on ‘Highly Secured’ offerings and have rooted cybersecurity in our development at the very beginning of any product. • Moving to Cloud: In recent times, customers have started adopting cloud-based video surveillance due to its various benefits such as major cost savings, heightened data security, remote access, and maintenance, flexible storage and retention, scalability, increased stability, and disaster recovery. Many of the huge enterprises and, in fact, even the government are now embracing the ‘Cloud First’ policy, and most of their business procedures are already using the advantages of Cloud these days. • User and Privacy Concerns: With AI obtaining momentums, how data is utilized and guarded will remain a major concern. Now, citizens are progressively concerned with the confidentiality of their data. Since most physical security applications involve the collection of video and data about people and assets, privacy regulations will continue to have a significant impact on the industry well into the future. • Business Continuity: The risks to business continuity are continuous and severe for physical security systems, particularly video and access control, which are vulnerable to environmental disasters or terrorist attacks. The inspection systems should come with a built-in disaster recovery function so that users can take benefit of constant and uninterrupted checking of devices and events. This protects vital information and ensures business continuity, even when servers fail. Where do you see Videonetics in the future? Being in the industry for more than thirteen years, we have built its strong heritage of innovation and leadership in the visual computing platform. We will continue to innovate and generate Indian Intellectual Properties to provide innovative products to customers located in various parts of the world, eventually addressing their security and safety concerns along with optimizing business operations. Moreover, we have also started expanding our footprints in Southeast Asia, Middle East, the US, and UK markets by delivering and deploying solutions for various verticals. OCTOBER 2021 | 34 | www.insightssuccess.in

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