Apr. 10, 2015, Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Vizag, Andhra Pradesh

The smart-city initiative got a green signal when the Government of Andhra Pradesh signed an MoU with the US Government at the beginning of this year. Visakhapatnam (Vizag) will become India’s first smart city, setting an example to the rest of the country. In context of this, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) held a one-day seminar to bring together all the stakeholders to understand the various roles each could play in realizing this initiative.

A group of US MNCs visited Vizag to understand the groundwork needed for the transformation. The seminar witnessed participation of these US companies who have shown interest in partnering with Indian companies in the development of Visakhapatnam as a smart city. The seminar deliberated on various aspects of the project. This included sector-specific project pipeline plans and timelines, financing the smart city projects, and understanding how US and Indian companies can work together in this venture.

UL was a part of this seminar, where Mr. Peeyush Gupta, Director-Sales and Marketing, UL India was one of the speakers. Mr. Gupta spoke about how UL is going to play a definitive role in realizing India’s smart-city dream. In the urban development projects UL can validate, test, inspect, and conduct audits on various safety standards of the buildings that come up in Vizag. In addition, UL can also help ensure the security of a multipurpose card, a key characteristic of the smart-city concept that will be used by citizens in their daily activities. Currently, UL is implementing an all-purpose card in Dubai which can be used as a metro card as well as in grocery stores. UL has the expertise to provide security services with security protocol, as people can rely on using such a device to serve their individual needs.

UL will also play a vital role in promoting renewable energy in the smart city project and would ensure quality smart grids that will be a part of smart city plans for supply of renewable energy like solar and wind power.

With safety and security being extremely critical for any smart-city project, UL in India is all set to get aligned with the Government and key stakeholders to work together and take this initiative to completion.