Oracle in smart city deal with Maharashtra state

Oracle has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra state to boost its digital transformation and smart city projects.

Maharashtra Government will leverage Oracle Cloud solutions to develop the state’s smart city program.

Oracle and Maharashtra will create a center of excellence (CoE) to accelerate its smart city program and modernize technology solutions. The CoE, housed in Mumbai, will serve as a research platform to design, develop and test new capabilities that will deliver better government-to-citizen (G2C) and government-to-business (G2B) services.

The CoE will enable innovation with minimal capital expenditures. In addition, the CoE will offer a flexible and scalable common framework, as well as a team of experts, allowing individual cities to scale and replicate its solutions, said Oracle India.

The proposed projects include:

# Smart city in a box

# Mobile platform for service questions

# Unified app development for services like drivers license renewals or property tax payments

# Digital platform to deliver smart city services across the state

# Connected infrastructure across all devices, kiosks and citizens

# Infrastructure services for equipment and IT

# Resources to manage transportation logistics, including analytics, asset tracking, fleet management

# Resources to manage utilities, including water and power

Oracle and the Government of Maharashtra will invest in IT infrastructure, training and skill-set resources as well as management of the CoE.

Maharashtra aims to develop 10 smart cities, adding to the 33 announced by the central government in the 100 smart cities initiative.

Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister, Maharashtra Government, said: “Together with Oracle, we want to build a new, efficient, transparent and inclusive system that benefits our people. The CoE is a step in that direction and will make more government services available with the click of a button.”

“The Cloud Center of Excellence powered by Oracle will play a key role in improving the lives of the people of this state,” said Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle Corporation.

Recently, Oracle unveiled a large campus in Bengalaru, nine incubation centers throughout India, and an initiative to train more than half a million students each year to develop computer science skills.

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