NEW DELHI: The Haryana government plans to deploy multiple IoT (internet of things) solutions connecting with drones to launch various new schemes, as a part of its smart cities plan.
“We are trying to connect between the usage of drones and the IoT solutions. To start with, these will be implemented in Gurgaon, Karnal and Faridabad as the framework for smart cities is already in place there,” Anand Mohan Sharan, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Information Technology Electronics & Communication, Industries and Commerce for Haryana told ETTelecom.
Initially, we plan to use drones for locating and repairing potholes post monsoon season and crop management such as spraying pesticides and fertilizers, he said, adding that there would be multiple solutions around IoT in our smart cities.
IoT devices are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet. “In an age of 5G, this will gain prominence as we move towards industry 4.0.”
“A data center policy has also been launched in the state and now schemes are being formulated on how to extend the benefits to the investors and individuals,” Sharan said.
The incentives under the schemes are close to finalisation, he added.
The Haryana government will declare the data centre space as a separate infrastructure industry and also declare it as an energy-intensive industry. The government will declare data centres as an essential service under Haryana Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1974.
The state has launched the Drone Corporation, and is also formulating a policy for management of unmanned aerial vehicles i.e drones .A training institute to train drone pilots under the aegis of Drone Imaging and Information Service of Haryana Ltd is also being set up in the state.
On the rollout of 5G, he said, “5G rollout is in a very nascent stage. The government of India has come out with an excellent set of parameters which each state has to undertake. We are proactively working towards facilitating the 5G rollout and in the next three to six months, we should be in a position to make it happen. Amendments to various policies have to be done most importantly on the street furniture etc.”
We already have smart classrooms and plan to provision upto 10 smart classrooms in each college, he added.
Through this policy, the state government aims to create a conducive business environment and facilitate establishment of 115-120 new data centres in the state. Any data centre set up in Haryana with 1 MW and above power consumption will be eligible for various benefits under the new policy.