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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Adelaide and Jaipur to collaborate on Smart City initiatives

Projects will be identified involving local start-ups to assist solve Jaipur City challenges

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Jaipur Development Authority representatives will visit Adelaide this week to take forward some Smart City collaborative opportunities.

Both cities have the unique status of international Cisco smart lighthouse cities and the partnership now provides opportunities for entrepreneurial communities in both cities and through the Cisco Smart+Connected Digital Platform for future international trade in the digital economy, whilst sharing city-to-city knowledge and learnings.

City of Adelaide participated in last year’s State Government Business Mission and met with the leaders of Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai municipal corporations to discuss bilateral collaborative opportunities.

One of the outcomes of this mission was entering a statement of intent to collaborate with Jaipur Development Authority being signed as a first step.

The visit will include the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and share learnings around smart city developments with the city of Jaipur.

The two-day schedule starting Monday 9 October and coordinated by City of Adelaide will include site visits to special interest areas and introductions to relevant agencies (SA Water, Water Industry Alliance, Smart City Studio, universities); meeting with Department of State Development Director India Engagement to discuss the South Australia-Rajasthan sister state relationship; presentations on City of Adelaide Smart City and entrepreneur start-up initiatives and projects that are underway; and a Future Cities Information Exchange session to prioritise projects to work on.

Following a series of information sharing sessions, mutually beneficial projects will be identified involving local start-ups to assist solve Jaipur City challenges using emerging technology solutions grown in Adelaide.

Councillor Natasha Malani said she was excited that two CISCO Global Lighthouse cities have officially entered a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and share learnings, expertise and knowledge on their smart city agendas.

“This is the next step in building a prosperous relationship between our two cities that will deliver real benefits for our respective communities,” said Natasha.

Sales Manager, Smart+Connected Communities, Australia, Cisco Systems, Budrish (Bud) Kapoor, said that this type of collaboration would be beneficial to both cities.  “We are confident that knowledge sharing between our Lighthouse customers will serve to accelerate progress and ensure efficiencies in spend,” he said.

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