The Confederation of Indian Industry has signed two separate MoUs with Siemens Ltd and Hitachi India Ltd to spearhead the conceptualisation and implementation of pilot projects in Smart Cities, a Siemens release said.

“Siemens is delighted to be part of the CII Smart Cities initiative. Cities drive economic growth, increased investment and job creation for millions of people who are increasingly converging on them with the hope of security and a better standard of living. For cities to be able to deliver true value, they need to be able to provide their inhabitants with the highest standard of living while ensuring sustained protection of the environment,” said Sunil Mathur, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Ltd. “Only cities which are able to reach this equilibrium will be capable of meeting today’s challenges and can look forward to a more sustainable future. Siemens has the portfolio, the know-how, and the expertise to help Cities become more liveable, more competitive and more sustainable.”

Globally, Siemens is a leader in providing technology solutions for setting up intelligent (smart), sustainable cities. With solutions for smart grid, building technologies, mobility and power distribution, Siemens has successfully set up smart cities in Vienna and New York, and is already involved in the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) programme of the Government of India for installing smart grid solutions in multiple cities in India.

The company has also been a preferred technology solution provider for Indian Railways for close to six decades. Over the years, it has further built capabilities in the areas of metros, integrated mobility platforms, airport links, passenger coaches, rail services and maintenance, urban traffic control, rail signalling and other state-of-the-art transportation solutions.

CII has set up a ‘National Mission on Smart Cities’ under the chairmanship of Ravi Parthasarathy, Chairman, IL&FS, and the objective of this mission is to play the role of a facilitator and a thought leader to assist the government in the process of the development of 100 Smart Cities by 2022. The MoUs are part of the implementation strategy to take forward the cities initiative.

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