The annual Smart Cities India 2015 expo in May 2015 was a three-day event for participants from India and abroad to showcase products, services and solutions for smart cities. The expo attracted government administrators, municipal bodies, industry leaders, investors, architects, academia, and media, etc. The expo has grown exponentially and has emerged as one of the most important annual events worldwide.
Developing citizen friendly and economically viable cities is an urban initiative by the Government of India. Cities are engines of economic growth, and it is anticipated that 40% of India’s population will live in cities by 2030. With the rapid rise in the proportion of people living in urban areas, there is an increasing requirement for sustainable cities. Hence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of Smart Cities is intended to transform the lives and living conditions of the citizens of the country. Recognizing smart cities as an important platform to drive progressive change, the Smart Cities India 2015 expo was a platform to discuss and deliberate some of the most challenging issues, new areas and upcoming technologies with stakeholders who are developing smart cities.
Khushnam Polad from Eumo participated in the expo at Delhi and presented a hypothetical case study of an ideal smart city and the role of participatory branding and smart signage on communication with the people and businesses of the city.