Denmark varsity keen to extend technical help to transform Bhubaneswar into smart city

19 Aug 2017

Denmark s Aarhus University is keen to extend technical assistance towards transforming Bhubaneswar into a smart city, Professor Ramjee Prasad, the university s professor of Future Technologies for Business Ecosystem Innovation, said here.
Aarhus University would help in transfer of technology for shaping the smart city in collaboration with other institutions of higher learning in the city like IIT-Bhubaneswar and SOA University, he said while addressing the valedictory session of the two-day 29th GISFI Standardisation Series Meeting and IEEE 5G Summit at the SOA University here. "I will come back with representatives of Aarhus University in November next and sign a MoU with the SOA University for establishment of a Living Lab in the university," Professor Prasad said. A Living Lab , he explained, was a user-centred, open innovation ecosystem that helps integrate concurrent research and innovation processes.
Tom Sebastian representing the Danish Innovation Centre, who spoke at the summit earlier had also said that Denmark was already involved in development projects in several Indian cities including Nagpur and would be keen to participate in Bhubaneswar s metamorphosis into a smart city. Professor Raja Kumar, Director of IIT-Bhubaneswar, said information and communication technology (ICT) was required for smart city projects. "Institutions like ours can contribute a lot and we are willing to provide support in improving power system, communication, traffic management, waste disposal and healthcare in Bhubaneswar," he said.
The CEO of Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd Vineel Krishna, who attended the conference earlier had explained the Bhubaneswar Smart City concept to the participants of the summit. SOA University s Chairman, Advisory Board, Professor Damodar Acharya said the conference had been successful in bringing the captains of the industry, academia and students on the same platform to discuss relevant issues. The details of the deliberations would be submitted to the state government, he said.