Oracle CEO Safra Catz and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis
Enterprise software company Oracle and India’s Government of Maharashtra signed Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) intended to accelerate the state’s digital transformation initiatives.
Leveraging Oracle Cloud solutions, Oracle and the Government of Maharashtra will develop the State’s smart city program, with the goal of making the State’s urban landscape more livable and inclusive, while driving economic growth.
According to the MoU, Oracle and the Maharashtra Government will create a Center of Excellence (CoE) to help accelerate its smart city program and modernize the Government’s technology solutions.
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The CoE, housed in Mumbai, will serve as a research platform to design, develop and test new capabilities that will deliver better government-to-citizen (G2C) and government-to-business (G2B) services.
Benefiting from the power of the Cloud, the CoE will enable rapid innovation with minimal capital expenditures. In addition, the CoE will offer a flexible and scalable common framework, as well as a team of experts, allowing individual cities to scale and replicate its solutions.
The proposed projects, to be finalized before the end of the calendar year, include:
- Smart city in a box
- Mobile platform for service questions
- Unified app development for services like drivers license renewals or property tax payments
- Digital platform to deliver smart city services across the state
- Connected infrastructure across all devices, kiosks and citizens
- Infrastructure services for equipment and IT
- Resources to manage transportation logistics, including analytics, asset tracking, fleet management
- Resources to manage utilities, including water and power
Many of these projects will support the government’s e-services program aimed at citizens, visitors, business establishments and government officials.
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Both Oracle and the Government of Maharashtra will invest in IT infrastructure, training and skillset resources as well as management of the CoE.
The Government of Maharashtra initiated a program in April to develop 10 smart cities, adding to the 33 announced by the central government in the 100 smart cities initiative.
This follows Oracle’s recent commitment with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, to support the country’s global digital leadership.
Oracle unveiled a massive, state-of-the-art campus centered in Bengalaru, nine incubation centers throughout India, and an initiative to train more than half a million students each year to develop computer science skills.
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