In an exercise that the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) might care to take a leaf out of - the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has roped-in Intel India as the chief technology and program management consultant in order to build an "Unwired Pune" by 2007. The wireless communication network infrastructure will cover all 400 sq kms of Pune city.
PMC says that with this project, it intends to deliver an easy, seamless internet connectivity solution to its citizens, businesses and academic institutions.
Intel plans to utilize WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) and Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) technologies to equip Pune with high-speed wireless internet. Wireless connectivity will allow people to access the Internet through a laptop or personal digital assistant (PDA), sans the need for cables.
Under the deal, Intel will be responsible for developing an extensible, high-performance, technical architecture and detailed design to best suit PMC's requirements. Intel will inform and educate the PMC in state-of-the-art wireless technologies, through workshops and training programs. The onus of establishing an industry standard Project Management methodology to ensure efficient and economical undertaking of the overall project will also lie with Intel.
Dr Nitin Kareer, IAS and Commissioner of PMC, said, "As much as providing basic facilities such as sanitation, sewage, roads, street lights, health, etc, PMC would like to provide basic IT infra-structure such as stable internet connectivity to its citizens to
enhance their overall outlook by exploiting the vast information pool and advantages of Internet. This will surely be a huge differentiator for Pune city, and will enhance the status of moving Pune towards becoming the IT capital of the country."
Rajani Ravindra Tribhuvan, Hon'able Mayor of Pune, said, "Technology has slowly become an integral part of our daily lives. And, the internet has emerged as one of the quickest and the most cost-effective mediums of communication. 'Unwire Pune' showcases PMC's commitment to enable ubiquitous connectivity to all the stakeholders such as citizens, businesses, and educational institutions."
"Intel Solution Services provides in-depth knowledge and wide experience in implementing wireless technology the world
over, and brings its rich experience in replicating robust and reliable solutions to its customers. We are confident that Intel Solution Services will be able to deliver the desired results in Pune as well," Kareer said.
Rick Echevarria, vice president, Intel Software and Solutions Group, said, "Intel believes that wireless technology can help countries
revolutionize digitally. Standard-based wireless broadband connectivity can enable technologies to facilitate better education, healthcare, agricultural productivity and income while improving small business and e-government access. 'Unwire Pune' is a prestigious project for us, and we congratulate PMC for their strategic vision and pioneering efforts."