With the Digital India initiative, the Government of India intends to transform India into a connected knowledge economy where world-class services are available at the click of mouse.
The technology that can transform the relationship between citizens and government is readily available. There is ample opportunity for governments to use technology for engaging with citizens and significantly improve service delivery. This session will deliberate on the various eGovernance programmes that must be initiated under the Digital India programme.
The Union government is working on a programme for creation of 100 Smart Cities in India. A Smart City is an efficient city, a liveable city, as well as an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable city. Such a city can only come into being through the use of latest information technology solutions. A Smart City must also have the systems for leveraging of the realtime data generated by the city and the infrastructure. What are the challenges in the development of Smart Cities in the country? What are the solutions to those challenges?
Cyber security continues to be an area of concern for the country. During the last 10 years, India has seen a massive surge in the number of cyber security incidents. The data from the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) shows that whereas there were 23 reported incidents in 2004, the number of incidents have increased to 62,189 in May this year. What are India’s weak links?
The development of Internet of Things (IoT) is leading to the creation of connected sensors whose number will soon reach trillions. These are working with billions of intelligent systems involving numerous applications that will drive new consumer and business behaviour. The Digital India initiative of the Governemnt of India is expected to provide further impetus to IoT industry. There is scope for rapid evolution of the IoT industry ecosystem in the country.
Unlike the on-premise systems consisting of in-house data centres and servers, the world of Cloud is geared to provide incredible computing power that was previously limited to a select group of technologically advanced organisations. By using Cloud Computing the government departments can utilise IT for business development without having to invest in complex hardware, database, security, and hosting, as all these tasks are managed by the cloud provider and are available when needed. The deployment time of Cloud Computing solutions is quite fast. This can give the government departments more time for developing products that will help in improving the quality of people’s lives.
The kinds of services that governments provide is typically data intensive. The various programmes and services produce and require massive amounts of data, often unstructured and increasingly in real-time. This data comes from numerous sources, including historical, video, audio, cell phones, geospatial, imagery, sensors, social media, and much more. What kind of technological systems can the government use to bring more efficiency in tasks ranging from crime prevention to transportation, defence, national security, revenue management, environmental stewardship and social services, etc.