The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) had recently floated tender for implementation of Common Payment Card System (CPCS), which would enable citizens with payment options for services offered by multiple agencies – Public Health Engineering Organsation (PHEO), Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) and parking charges besides public transport.
The proposed CPCS can be used to travel by the city-based transport system, pay bills to the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), purchase goods from retail stores, pay for movie tickets, dine and shop within the City. With about 2.5 lakh households, Bhubaneswar is expected to witness around 30 million payment transactions for municipal services every year by 2018. The design will be costeffective, sustainable and technology-based solution, accessible to citizens across varied economic segments.
BSCL will implement an inter-operable payment ecosystem through cards and mobile phones. The concessionaire will have to manage supply of smart cards, issuance and personalisation infrastructure for distribution of smart card in coordination with utility companies like Bhubaneswar Puri Transport Services Limited (BPTSL), CESU and PHEO and retail units.
The private partner (bank or financial institution) will also work on creation of infrastructure which involves integration of the smart cards with access terminals including seamless adoption of card on retail payment gateways – Europay, MasterCard, Visa and Rupay enabled terminals – at specific locations.
BSCL has also approved the Master System Integrator (MSI) project which would leverage technology for traffic management, parking management, City Wi-Fi, emergency response system, multi-modal city transport and city surveillance. The MSI would cost around Rs 585 crore and integrate all these services on a common platform. The tenders for the project have already been floated.
This project will comprise of the following components:
Smart traffic management module:
It will focus on reducing traffic congestion and improve commuting experience. Traffic signaling, traffic network flow monitoring, variable signage, red light violation detection at 25 major intersections and e-challan system will be a part of this module.
Smart tracking management application:
The Computer Aided Dispatch and Automated Vehicle Location system will furnish tracking, monitoring and dispatch of about 475 public service vehicles like PCR vans, ambulances, fire service trucks, water tankers, and municipal solid waste carriers.
Smart parking management system:
It will provide an efficient and customer-friendly parking management system for the city. This will include up to 5,500 units of on-street and 1500 multilevel car parking lots. The availability and booking of parking spots can be done over a mobile app.
Emergency Management and Incident Response System:
With monitoring of daily operations, the system will consist of a surveillance system through 850 fixed and 150 PTZ CCTV cameras, 30 call boxes to trigger emergency services.
Under the City Wi-Fi component, the proposed city-wide fiber-optic (OFC) network will be setup. Total 1800 Wi-Fi access points will be installed which shall provide free Internet connectivity to users for first 30 minutes or 50 MB (whichever happens earlier) at 2 Mbps download per user per session.
The Intelligent City Operations and Management Centre (ICOMC) with video wall of 40,000 sqft will provide centralised operations control.
Meanwhile the Odisha government has set a target to make Bhubaneswar completely Wi-Fi enabled by November 2018 as the state gears up to host the men’s Hockey World Cup-2018.