Denmark’s Aarhus University is keen to
extend technical assistance towards transforming Bhubaneswar into a Smart City,
Prof. Ramjee Prasad, the university’s Professor of Future Technologies for
Business Ecosystem Innovation, said on Friday.
Aarhus University would help in transfer
of technology for shaping the Smart City in collaboration with other
institutions of higher learning in the city like IIT-Bhubaneswar and SOA
University, he said while addressing the valedictory session of the two-day
29th GISFI Standardisation Series Meeting and IEEE 5G Summit at the SOA
“I will come back with representatives of
Aarhus University in November next and sign a MoU with the SOA University for
establishment of a ‘Living Lab’ in the university,” Prof. Prasad, who is
President of the Global ICT Standardisation Forum for India (GISFI), said.
A ‘Living Lab’, he explained, was a
user-centred, open innovation ecosystem which helped integrate concurrent
research and innovation processes.
Mr. Tom Sebastian, who spoke at the Summit
earlier representing the Danish Innovation Centre, had also said that Denmark
was already involved in development projects in several Indian cities including
Nagpur and would be keen to participate in Bhubaneswar’s metamorphosis into a
Prof. Raja Kumar, Director of
IIT-Bhubaneswar, who spoke in the valedictory function said Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) was required for Smart City projects in which
institutions like IIT-B and SOA University had research interests.
“Institutions like ours can contribute a lot and we are willing to provide
support in improving power system, communication, traffic management, waste
disposal and healthcare in Bhubaneswar,” he said.
The CEO of Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd, Mr.
Vineel Krishna, who attended the conference earlier, had explained the
Bhubaneswar smart city concept to the participants of the Summit.
SOA University’s Chairman, Advisory Board,
Prof. Damodar Acharya said the conference had been successful in bringing
captains of the industry, academia and students on the same platform to discuss
relevant issues.The details of the deliberations would be submitted to the
state government, he said.
Prof. Jayashree Ratnam,
Associate Professor of SOA University and Dr. Debu Nayak from the industry
presented reports on the conference while Ms. Janhvi Inamdar, Trustee, GISFI,
proposed the vote of thanks.