Information & Communications Technology (ICT) in AURIC!!


Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC) is one of India’s first greenfield smart cities that is being developed in the outskirts of Aurangabad City as a part of Central Government’s Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) initiative. AURIC’s development and implementation is being undertaken by Aurangabad Industrial Township Limited (AITL), a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) between Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) and Mumbai Industrial Development Corridor (MIDC). In today’s era of digitization, Information & Communications Technology (ICT) has become the fourth utility for a city and its citizens.

AITL has a vision to position Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as the key enabler to integrate various functions of city operations along with offering advanced, accessible and affordable services to the resident citizens and workforce. ICT will facilitate AITL to be an efficient and tech-savvy organization that will truly leverage technological interventions for its city operations and pro-active decision making. AITL’s state-of-the-art ICT will be instrumental in development of a digitally connected, citizen engaging and transparent ecosystem for AURIC that will ultimately encourage promotion of sustainable socio-economic growth and development.
After establishing a comprehensive vision and undertaking an extensive design exercise for the ICT systems, AITL has completed another milestone with the appointment of Honeywell Automation India Limited (HAIL), in Consortium with CSM Technologies Private Limited and Highbar Technocrat Limited, as the Master System Integrator (MSI) for implementation and operations of smart city ICT components at AURIC Shendra. HAIL will be responsible for implementation of these components over a period of 20 months along with the operations & maintenance for a period of five (5) years. Various components to be included under this scope include:
  1. Auric Control Centre (ACC) – the city’s command and control centre that will be the ‘nerve’ of AURIC enabling city operations to be intelligent, integrated and efficient through a centrally integrated smart city platform. ACC will be co-located at the AURIC Hall building i.e. the city’s administration building, where all systems and infrastructure deployed as part of AURIC will be centrally monitored and controlled. Through predictive and prescriptive analytics, AITL will be able to quickly adapt its systems to meet its target performance requirements.
  2. Fibre optic infrastructure and public Wi-Fi – in its first of its kind initiative, AURIC-Shendra will have an end-to-end fibre optic network enabling a Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) architecture. All city services as well as wired telecom services (voice, video and data) being offered by telecom service providers will utilize this fibre optic network. Leveraging this fibre optic network will also include public Wi-Fi services whereby AITL will offer wireless broadband services with a target speed of 4 Mbps per user at all public places making broadband affordable and accessible. 
  3. AURIC e-Governance and ERP (AEE) – A digitally connected AURIC will have 100% online state-of-the-art e-Governance system that will ensure paperless delivery of public services. By digitizing city functions and business procedures over mobiles, web and portals, AURIC will create an intuitive user interface for rendering diverse services to its citizens. A digital smart card will be provided to all industries and developers for monitoring various parameters associated with the performance of the city in terms of its socio-economic indicators. The backbone of AITL will be a state-of-the-art ERP system that will enable AITL’s business processes to be efficient, automated thus ensuring a swift decision making. 
  4. City Surveillance System – an end-to-end city surveillance system comprising of IP based CCTV cameras with analytics will ensure AURIC to be a safe and secure smart city. 
  5. Internet of Things (IoT) for Utilities and other Sensors – Through the ICT infrastructure, all utilities including water, power and street lights will be connected to the ACC for efficient, smart and automated operations. With ICT interface for solid waste management, AURIC will have smart waste collection and management system with sensors providing real-time status of bins and trucks having a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)/Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system. The AVL system will also be extended to the emergency services i.e. police, ambulance and fire for efficient and pro-active operations. AURIC will also include environmental sensors for monitoring the environmental performance of the city. Multi-services digital kiosks will be located at strategic locations within AURIC facilitating citizens to have easy access to various services including bill payments, emergency communications, etc, along with integration with the smart cards.
The overall ICT architecture of the system has been provided below in photo
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