Learning portal to be launched for city officials planning Smart City projects
NEW DELHI: In its bid to help cities and municipal bodies learn and adopt best practices for implementing Smart City projects, the urban development ministry is now launching “SmartNet”, an interactive web portal featuring database of global, national and local solutions.
The first such initiative will feature benchmarked cases and best practice documentations. SmartNet will also showcase model documents for bidding out projects, financial models and business cases, land monetization ideas besides innovative practices and risk mitigation techniques. The portal will be launched next month.
“The key objective of SmartNet is to develop a horizontal learning platform for exchange between cities, practitioners, academia, researchers and technologists. This would be achieved through an overarching ‘community of practice’ comprising of city officials and practitioners. The practitioners would also be able to form smaller communities of practice on specific subjects or common interests,” said a ministry official.
He added SmartNet eventually will become the primary and preferred mechanism for knowledge sharing between the smart cities, AMRUT cities, HRIDAY cities and those implementing Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and Housing for All mission.
As per the plan, users will record their preferences at the time of registration and the content that is seen by each user will be driven by their preferences and needs. The demand-driven content will be enabled through an intelligent query based system for retrieval of information.
SmartNet will be equipped for “smart search” function, which will make it easy for individual users to find the content that they want at any point of time. The “help-desk” function will allow users to raise queries and ask for information on specific problems.