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Today, Western Digital which is known for it’s storage devices, Smart Cities Council (SSC) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) come together for safe and secure India. 

The event was started by Mr. Pratap Padode, Executive Director & Founder, Smart Cities Council India. He has shared his view points.on the safe and secure cities. Here are a few words shared by him:

“There is a positive correlation between urbanisation and crime. Therefore with affirmative evidence that surveillance does control crime and given the Smart Cities Mission drive, city administrations need to focus on installing and upgrading defined specification of cameras, storage systems and allied technologies…”

He has also shared that as per the research and survey the current storage capacity is poor. There is need for cameras that can assist in ‘Crime detection’ and ‘Community watch’.

The event also witnessed the launch of the report on “Role of Surveillance in Securing Cities” in the presence of Mr. G. K. Pillai Chairman, Data Security Council of India & Former Home Secretary and Prof Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, NIDM, MHA. Western Digital an industry-leading developer and manufacturer of data storage solutions supported the report.

The report aims to highlight the need for surveillance and the role it plays in making our cities secure and smarter. 

As per the vision of Prime Minister Modi’s for developing ‘Smart Cities’, the role of data and IT,  especially video surveillance in enhancing security will become important. India is on its way to develop first 100 smart cities. Under the flagship “Safe City” project, the Union Ministry proposes US$333 million to make seven big cities:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai

 focus on technological advancement.


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