Networking major Cisco says its technology support will power digital transformation for the state of Maharashtra in India.
Cisco also launched its manufacturing operations in Pune to manufacture routers, switches and various circuit boards for customers in India as well as for testing, development, logistics and in-house repair capabilities.
Cisco will roll out Smart City solutions in Nagpur, digital learning for students and skills development for local entrepreneurs in Dharavi, Mumbai, to create an eCommerce hub.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said: “My vision for digital Maharashtra is to digitally empower every citizen and increase the state’s global competitiveness by creating a highly skilled workforce.”
Cisco will enable city-wide network connectivity, smart and secure Wi-Fi hotspots and smart safety and surveillance solutions.
Cisco has over 11,000 employees in India.
The various citizen services enabled by smart cities architecture, like smart transport, solid waste management, smart lighting, environmental sensors, and smart parking, will be integrated on Cisco’s City Digital Platform.
Cisco will set up nearly 25 Cisco Networking Academies to train approximately 10,000 students in Maharashtra by 2020. Across 186 academies, nationwide, more than 122,000 students have been trained since its inception.
Cisco demonstrated how its India manufactured products will play an integral role in Digital India by providing high performance wireless connectivity to get access to quality education.
The company showcased how patients can be connected with doctors conveniently and efficiently, regardless of distance, through highly-secure immersive visual experiences.
The company will collaborate on the state-wide rollout of broadband infrastructure to accelerate the Digital Maharashtra vision.
Cisco will roll out Smart City Solutions in Nagpur to enable city-wide network connectivity, Smart & Secure Wi-Fi hotspots, and Smart safety & surveillance solutions.
The City Operations Centre will have a single view of all solutions to manage the city with increased operational efficiency and productivity, enabling them to provide quality infrastructure and services to citizens.
Cisco showcased how it was helping digitize Sri Ganesh Vidya Mandir High School by providing the students with a virtual classroom, digital learning and secure Internet connectivity. Cisco’s initiative aims to enhance the quality of education through digital learning for academia to connect, collaborate, create and share content with students.
After school hours, local entrepreneurs and start-ups will be able to use the school as a platform for local innovation and help make Dharavi an e-commerce hub.
Cisco’s initiative will help in digitizing Fetri village in Nagpur district of Maharashtra. Cisco will deploy technologies including Wi-Fi, smart healthcare, and smart education in a government school in Fetri.
Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco, said: “Digitization opens up unprecedented opportunities for every country, state and city. High technology manufacturing is convergence of engineering and science.”