Microsoft India announced the launch of Microsoft CityNext in the country. CityNext is an initiative to enable city residents and city leaders to use technology to build a foundation for sustainable growth and prosperity. Microsoft has identified more than 40 solution areas across eight city domains like Energy and water; Buildings; infrastructure and planning; Transportation; Public safety and justice; Tourism, recreation, and culture; Education; Health and Social services and Government administration — that help address 90 percent of the challenges cities faces today. CityNext addresses these areas through the vast and diverse Microsoft Partner Network of more than 430,000 technology experts across the globe. In India, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro are working with Microsoft for this initiative, with other leading system integrators also joining the CityNext ecosystem.
Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman – Microsoft India said, “By 2030, India will have more than 69 cities with a population of more than one million. In fact, an estimated 590 million people will be living in cities. As India prepares to modernize old infrastructure, city leaders have to meet these growing demands with tight budgets and greater citizen expectations.”
“Microsoft’s CityNext puts people first and builds on a new infrastructure of collaborative technology to engage citizens, businesses and Government leaders to do ‘new with less’. We are excited about the possibilities this opens up to help enable cities compete effectively on a global scale and foster economic, social and environmental sustainability,” Pramanik added.
Tanmoy Chakrabarty, Vice President and Head of Government Business, TCS commented, “Today, the cities which are on a journey towards modernization face many challenges. Our work with Microsoft can help these cities find the right combination of investments, solutions, partnerships and social programs. This will enable them to attract business, build more vibrant city landscapes and competitive economies.”