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Belgium tech companies look to invest in Smart city projects

Jabez John Anand


Belgium is looking to various areas for investment and to provide technological support with the expanding options that initiative like the BJP-led Central government’s Smart City provides in the country.

In an interaction with the Covai Post on Wednesday in Coimbatore, representatives from Belgian companies shared the possibilities of creating collaborations in the technical sector in Indian cities.

“Of course, we are late and could have come in earlier,” said Reinout Van Hullebus, project manager of Export – Asia, Brussels Invest and Export. “But there is opportunity here and we are looking at different things like traffic management, lake development, building applications such as disease control applications based on mobile data, water management and garbage management by providing technical solutions.”

Sabeeta Ratra, Country Manager of Famaco, a company which gives tech-based solutions to garbage management, said that the Smart City projects could make use of the geo tagging system to make sure that garbage waste is collected properly by the truck without fail.

“It has been successfully implemented in other countries and the system would be helpful in a country like India where we are generating huge solid wastes every day,” she opined.

In order to provide solution in easing the traffic and based on mobile data, Alexis Eggermont, product designer of Real Impact Analytics, claimed that using the data provided by telecom operators, the application developed by the company could help ease traffic congestion by laying roads on important routes and making effective diversions.

“The system collects data based on the movement of people via mobile phones. This can also help in an epidemic control by identifying the export and import of a disease, and then we could control it from spreading,” said Alexis.

The Belgium delegation was on a visit to South Indian cities including Kochi, Coimbatore and Chennai, which have been selected in the first phase of the Smart City initiative.

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