Corpn to set up 30 smart boards

The city corporation is all set to install electronic display boards at 30 locations across the city that will display information on tax payment, pollution level, rules and regulations, awareness messages and even real-time traffic. The boards, which will be set up under public-private partnership (PPP) mode by the end of the month, will also generate revenue by displaying advertisements, corporation sources said.

The information and communications technology (ICT) initiative will use data from a website of the corporation, commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan told TOI. "We have a website integrated with the pollution metres set up under the smart city project. The information in the website will be displayed on these boards. Additional information such as weather forecast and dengue awareness messages will also be displayed," he said.

The corporation smart city limited has been conducting a trial run using such boards.

Meanwhile, consultants of the smart city limited said companies that form PPP will set up the boards at their own cost and also maintain them. "The corporation will provide them with data and other content to be displayed. As the boards will be used for displaying advertisement for at least 80% of the time, the corporation will also earn revenue from the initiative," said an official.

The boards will be installed near the 30 air monitoring quality sensors set up by the corporation across the city. Their size will vary based on the location. "It would approximately be 3x5feet size," said an official.

In future, the boards will be integrated with other ICT solutions and would be used to display important information about the city and the civic body. "After smart traffic management systems and services are implemented, traffic data will be made available. Parking information, helpline numbers and news will also be displayed," Vijayakarthikeyan added.