Communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday stressed the need to focus on conservation of environment and urged builders and developers to take the concept of smart buildings to smaller towns and metros.
“Smartness shouldn’t be confined to multi-storeyed buildings. We should capture conservation and greenery with Internet of Things,” Prasad said while speaking at the awards ceremony of The Times of India-Honeywell Smart Building Awards 2015.
The awards were distributed in nine categories, based on a Honeywell Smart building score, which evaluates buildings based on their technologies to offer green, safe and productive environment. DLF Magnolias in Gurgaon won the smartest residential building award, Indian School of Business Mohali campus won in the smartest educational institution category and ITC Sonar in Kolkata won the smartest hotel award. In early 2015 Honeywell, in partnership with EY and IMPB, had surveyed 2,000 buildings across eight cities to assess building smartness in the country.
Speaking at the event, Prasad said buildings coming up in smaller towns and cities should also imbibe the principles. “Let us not make smart buildings initiative only a Delhi-centric phenomenon but take it to smaller towns and cities,” he said.
The minister pointed out that the country has over 950 mobile connections and internet penetration is expected to reach 400 million by the yearend. “At a time even the poor of the country are becoming digitally connected, we must find ways to make our buildings smarter,” he said.
Prasad said while trying to make buildings more connected it was important to inculcate a sense of safety and an element of conservation. He also said making buildings smarter entailed enabling residents to use lesser number of gadgets to access all services and functions.
The Times of India-Honeywell Smart Building Awards come in the backdrop of the government launching its ambitious project to develop 100 smart cities, to be enabled by a number of smart solutions for key requirements including infrastructure, energy, transport, utilities, environmental sustainability and communications.