Rashtrapati Bhavan transformed into a smart township with IBM Smart City Solutions

  • IBM sets up Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) to enhance the efficiency of critical infrastructure and utilities at Presidential estate
  • Enables multiple agencies and departments to coordinate seamlessly


New Delhi, May 19, 2016 –IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that its Smart City solutions have been deployed for the digital transformation of the Presidential Estate. Spread across 330 acres of land and home to over 5000 residents, the self-sustained Presidential Estate is adopting IBM’s technology and solutions to become future ready. The Intelligent Operations Center addresses challenges that are inherent to townships – water supply, security, electrical infrastructure and solid waste management. The transformation of the estate into a smart township is customized to further enhance the efficiency of critical infrastructure and utilities.

The partnership to reimagine the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the Digital age was announced at an event graced by the Hon’ble President, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee. The occasion also saw the presence of the, Hon’ble Union Minister of Urban Development Shri. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Union Minister of Communications & IT, Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Secretary to the President, Madam Omita Paul and Vanitha Narayanan, Managing Director, IBM India Pvt. Ltd.

IBM‘s IOC helps collect and make sense of the rich data streaming in from several sources within the Estate to provide actionable insights. It offers integrated data visualization, near real-time collaboration and deep analytics to help enhance the ongoing efficiency that will improve the efficiency of services for its residents. A Citizens Mobile App, created by IBM IOC, was also launched, which allows residents to report issues using the web and mobile. The data from reported observation will be supplied to city offices, where they can use the insights to make informed decisions.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan has stood witness to India’s transformation through the decade – right from independence to the digital era. The progressive outlook is further exemplified by the digital transformation that enhances its reputation as being the office and residence of the President of the largest democracy in the world.

“Rashtrapati Bhavan is an iconic representation of India’s Smart City vision. It is a proud moment for all of us and the beginning of a great journey. We are honored to be their partner in enabling this transformation.” said, Vanitha Narayanan, MD, IBM India Pvt. Ltd.

As a part of this strategic engagement, IBM developed the vision and detailed roadmap for the transformation of the Presidents estate into a smart township. IBM has created the business architecture and operating procedures, implemented the technology platform and solutions, and is managing the entire technology deployment. For the Presidential Estate’s progressive digital transformation IBM will provide the following:

Smart Energy Management: With over 1500 residential apartment and well-lit open spaces the Presidential Estate consumes over one-lakh units of electricity per day.  IBM integrated its IOC system with electrical billing system. Data on consumption patterns of consumers, public and common areas, within the estate, is being collected to optimize energy management. Additionally, newer, eco-friendly technology such as solar power, LED lamps for street lighting and other applications to reduce energy consumptions are deployed.

Smart Water Management: The water management at the Estate relied heavily on manual intelligence. IBM mapped all water domain assets such as underground water reservoirs, pump locations and tube well assets. The entire water distribution pipeline was mapped on a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) layer. Through IBM IOC system accurate information about the distribution network will enable faster diagnostic and resolution of water incidents. Moreover, residents will be able to track complains in real-time.

Smart Waste and Horticulture Management: IBM mapped waste management end to end from waste bin collections, rickshaw routes, disposals, landfill, and processing, on to its IOC system. An interface was created for people to generate statistics on different kinds of waste. Digitized waste lifecycle statistics and trends helped relevant departments analyze insights and improve processes to enable timely actions. A Mobile App platform assists teams in maintaining a cleaner Estate.

Smart Security Systems: IBM integrated its IOC system with e-visitor to facilitate analyses of all visitors’ statistics. IBM IOC is also leveraged for auto alerts and to generate notifications for upcoming events enabling teams to collaborate across departments and plan collectively for an upcoming event.

IOC is part of IBMs Industry solutions software portfolio, which provides software solutions across the operational spectrum of Smarter Cities solutions. Industry solutions software portfolio gives IBM clients access to real world industry-specific solutions that are delivered around the world for over a decade with implementation services using practices developed by IBM and its partners through numerous Smarter Cities engagements.


Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He is Editor-in-Chief of Digital Creed, which he founded in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 27 years of journalism experience (since 1994). He is sound and confident about his knowledge of business technology concepts. And he is a believer in continual education/learning. Brian is the former Editor of CHIP and InformationWeek magazines (India). He has written hundreds of technology articles for India's leading newspaper groups such as The Times of India and Indian Express Newspapers (among others). And he has conducted more than 300 industry interviews during his journalism career. Brian also writes on Aviation, cybersecurity, startups, and topics directed at small and medium businesses. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn.

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