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Kohima Smart City win ‘Best digital initiative of the year’ award

Wifi Kohima

Global Smart Cities Forum 2020

Dimapur, November 23: Kohima Smart City Development Ltd has been declared winner at the ETGovernment Global Smart Cities Forum 2020 under the category “Best Digital Initiative of the Year (Technology)” for the Kohima City Wifi Phase I Project.
ETGovernment.com Global Smart Cities Forum 2020 has been instituted to recognize the outstanding work done by Government and private entities to transform smart cities into citizen-friendly futuristic cities. The focus is on celebrating innovative ideas, smart governance, sustainable solutions, and cutting-edge execution that enrich the overall lives and experience of citizens.
According to CEO of Kohima Smart City Development Limited, Kovi Meyase the Wi-Fi Project kicked off in August 2019 and launched in November 2019 completing in a record time of 4 months. The main objective is to provide internet access for the masses in public locations at a cheaper cost and instant access to data for emergency services with real-time updates with better coverage for emergency services.
It also aims to accelerate the delivery of e-Governance services and initiate e-Commerce opportunities to the locals. “There is a need to increase citizen access to technology and information which in turn will pave the way to more opportunities and capabilities to compete locally and globally. IT infrastructure will enable IoT and establish a platform for the smart city with innovative smart solutions such as pan-city fire emergency solutions, smart offices, entertainment, smart street lighting, smart Kiosks, smart traffic management, etc with the aim to turn Kohima into a more tourist-friendly place,” he said.
The Kohima Smart City Development Ltd has activated Wi-Fi Hotspots in 51 locations of Kohima along with two smart kiosks as part of the Kohima Wi-Fi Phase 1 Project. In a hilly terrain like Kohima where 3G/4G data become inconsistent, the Wi-Fi hotspots provide alternative internet connectivity to citizens and tourists. The unique innovation in this project involves a customized smart kiosk installed in two locations of Kohima. The kiosks feature a locally branded UI where visitors can get information on the restaurants, hotels, and places to visit around Kohima. On clicking the page, each venue has a QR Code which upon scanning using a smartphone, the Google Map location of that particular place automatically appears on the user’s smartphone.
The massive data usage at Naga Hospital by COVID patients and frontline workers along with the high usage in areas such as the Smart Kiosk, Opposite to Oking Hospital and Raj Bhavan area by joggers were the key highlights.
“It is quite encouraging to see that for a city with a projected population of about 1 Lakh, 3,602 users have registered till date and data usage is currently running in double-digit Terabytes,” Meyase said. (Page News Service)