Google gets its first city Wi-Fi deal for Pune


Google has won its first city Wi-Fi deal in a joint effort with organizations like IBM, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and RailTel from Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCSCL).

The most recent contract is esteemed at Rs 150 crore, and incorporates capital consumption, operating expenditure and income sharing components. “15-20% revenue generated through this citywide Wi-Fi network will be shared with the authority”. Pune Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar told.

Under the agreement, Google will convey its Google Station platform, which has Wi-Fi management ability, and focus on monetization to make it self-maintainable. RailTel, will provide the last-mile fiber connectivity to empower Wi-Fi hotspots around 200 key locations over the city.

Mr. Kumar also added “The plan is to integrate all public places on a single platform to aggregate Wi-Fi hotspots that will allow access with one-time authentication,”

Larsen and Toubro is the major system integrator for the Pune Smart City venture and it will help coordinate everything together. Srinivasan Ramamurthy from Larsen and Toubro told.

He also added that the organization has set up Emergency call boxes and open address frameworks, environmental sensors, network connectivity, variable messaging display, and video analytics integration.

With Google Station platform, it is expanding Wi-Fi service past railway stations to spots that are frequented by an extensive number of individuals, for example, shopping centers and travel stations, and in social joint areas, for example, bistros and colleges.

As part of the Pune project, Google is also working with RailTel and L&T for variable message displays (VMD) which will be used to deliver key information and messages across 161 locations in the city.

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Madhurima Goyal, From ITvoir News Desk