Building upon the existing diverse economic base and inherent liveable amenities and lifestyle, Greater Vizag will become South and Southeast Asia’s Clean Commerce Capital by 2030. This goal aims to protect and enhance quality of life for residents and businesses alike. Achieving the vision will require a “Smart City” approach to regional development and infrastructure planning and delivery.
Traditional approaches to delivering infrastructure typically assess peak demand and then build new distinct basic service projects scaled to meet that demand. Smart City approaches to delivering infrastructure improve decision making and maximize efficiency of existing systems and proposed systems. People-centric ‘Smart systems’ leverage monitored flows to manage demand and provide co-benefits in delivering basic services.
Smart City projects are designed to be deployed throughout the region to catalyse sustainable, cyclical progress toward regional goals by promoting:
- Higher citizen engagement and customer satisfaction;
- More responsive service delivery and smaller carbon footprints;
- Conservation and enhancement of natural and social resources;
- Lower marginal costs for improved services;
- Lower overall infrastructure development and operations costs for improved services;
- Closure of infrastructure gaps in the most intelligent way possible.
People-centric guiding principles are used in the planning process to identify projects and to leverage the greatest benefits from early infrastructure enhancements:
- Understand behaviour patterns in order to address peak-use challenges;
- Acknowledge and leverage connections between infrastructure of different types;
- Enable feedback loops between infrastructure systems, utilities, and customers;
- Bring people to services while at the same time bringing services to people;
- Track progress toward success with specific benchmarks and targets.
System-centric guiding principles are used in the planning process to identify projects and to leverage the greatest benefits from early infrastructure enhancements:
- Maximize benefits from existing infrastructure systems and investments;
- Maximize benefits from symbiotic planning between infrastructure sectors;
- Develop and implement more storage strategies to ease peak-use constraints;
- Prioritize system retrofit over redevelopment or greenfield expansion;
- Leapfrog unresponsive technologies to select more efficient information and communications technology (ICT)-enabled delivery methods;
- Cultivate resilient, networked systems to build capacity and reduce vulnerability.
The suggested shortlist of Smart City programs and projects addresses strategic opportunities to improve quality of life for current and future residents and businesses.