Punjab government launches ‘Smart City Lahore’ pilot project

The Punjab government has initiated a pilot project of ‘Smart City Lahore.’

The initiative is intended to improve urban life via better transport solutions. It involves the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

According to media reports, the project will improve the overall quality of life and enable an environment of economic growth by enabling local area development.

The provincial government had asked the Metropolitan Corporation Lahore (MCL) to start with a pilot project in Liberty Market and MM Alam Road.

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The key objectives of this project are to optimize the use of public resources, ensure sustainability, and develop the city with consideration to environmental impact and mobility. The initiative intends to make it easy for citizens, visitors, and workers to move around in the city with safety and security. Moreover, the use of smart applications will also improve the quality of health services by decreasing the gap between healthcare services and citizens through fully integrated healthcare systems.

This is the latest step in the spree of measures taken by the provincial government to digitise the energy sector and make the best use of water in residential and agriculture areas.

It is pertinent to state that the authorities had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nokia at Dubai Expo 2020. Nokia has successfully completed a smart city project in Cyprus.

Nokia started a free-of-cost pilot project on MM Alam Road — installing sensors for management of traffic, street lights, waste collection, environment, and parking spaces.

It merits mentioning that traffic monitoring would enable remote monitoring of traffic at points of congestion, allowing officials to gain insight concerning peak times, allowing real-time traffic status to drivers, and dynamic rerouting. Similarly, waste collection management would enable real-time monitoring, predictive analytics, and fill level alerts to facilitate decision-making ahead of time.

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