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Cisco and US-based global engineering company, CH2M have announced a global strategic relationship to provide urban planning and design, smart-technology integration and program delivery services, starting With Shendra-Bidkin, an industrial smart city being developed along India's Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor.

They will work closely with their client, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) with the goal of creating a model smart city from the ground up.

CH2M is serving as program manager for building phase one of Shendra-Bidkin. CH2M's role includes managing development of physical infrastructure (including buildings, roads, water systems, and energy) and an exhibition and convention center. Cisco is developing the master system integration plan of this new city as part of the program management team.

Located in the Aurangabad district in Maharashtra, Shendra-Bidkin, according to Cisco, will be a new mega-industrial city that will feature a transit-oriented and walkable township, water and energy conservation, renewable power sources, and a healthy quality of life while maintaining the area's unique cultural heritage.

"The new strategic relationship between CH2M and Cisco has potential to deliver wide-ranging benefits for cities and citizens, including: dynamic street lighting; optimized parking; intelligent transportation; water and waste management systems; integrated analytics; real-time urban services for city operations; city operations management," Cisco said.

Anil Menon, president of Smart+Connected Communities at Cisco, said: "The city management layer provides the foundation for improving important city services -- such as parking, traffic management and public safety and security -- by connecting them all into an intelligent digital infrastructure -- an approach that will have a revolutionary smartimpact on how cities will operate."

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