Kochi’s dreams to become a Smart City are on the fast track, with Germany-based Fraunhofer IAO and Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML) entering into a partnership to launch the Smart City Innovation Lab, an intellectual platform for technology sharing. Fraunhofer IAO, an autonomous agency under the German federal government, will offer technical support for conceptualizing and implementing projects in five key sectors – Housing, Environmental conservation, Energy efficiency, Disaster management and Electric mobility under the Smart City Mission (SCM). The major objective of the SCM is to transform Kochi into an inclusive vibrant city with sustainable development, efficient urban services and ease of living.
Fraunhofer Institute, with its panel of more than 100 experts and its expertise in applied research, has been providing technical, financial and social assistance to smart cities across the globe. The German institute will prepare financially viable, climate-friendly project proposals and comprehensive study reports with the support of Indian agencies including prominent academic institutions. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. A.P.M. Mohammed Haneesh, CEO, Cochin Smart Mission Limited and MD Kochi Metro Rail Limited, said that this partnership will significantly bolster the Smart City programmes in Kochi.The institute will also facilitate investments from German agencies and various MNCs. Fraunhofer will prepare the project details by March 2019 and the work will begin by January end or February.
In his keynote address, Dr. Martin Ney, German Ambassador to India, added that Germany would maintain and strengthen the partnership with Kochi, which he called as ‘Tomorrow’s city.’ Mr. Damian Wagner, Senior Project Manager, Smart Cities, Fraunhofer IAO; Mr. T.K. Jose, Additional Chief Secretary, Local Self-government Department; Mr. K.V. Thomas MP and Mayor Soumini Jain were also present.