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Developing smarter cities in India is the goal of a tie-up between smart card company ID Tech and the Institute of Technology (ITT) Ropar, an academic institution in the northern India state of Punjab.
ITT Ropar, which specialises in engineering, science and technology, will join ID Tech in looking at how Internet of Things (IoT) and radio frequency identification (RFID) can help.
ID Tech director Saurav Khemani says: “We aim to address social challenges posed by rapid urbanisation and economic development in India, such as improving the efficiency of logistics networks, reducing road congestion and air pollution.”
The partnership is to explore the use of RFID to optimise the movement of vehicles through different tolls across the country to help reduce queues and cut the fuel consumption of idling vehicles at toll plazas. There are also plans to commercialise intellectual property rights achieved through the collaboration.
Additionally, the joint venture will work on smart city applications such as smart vending machines and parking management.
Steps are already being taken in India to explore parking management. Last year, Indian-based Jaan Innovations presented a system which combines IoT with image processing technology at Intertraffic in Amsterdam.