THINKING BIG IS NO CRIME, DREAMING BIG IS NEITHER
IF WISHES WERE HORSES, I WOULD LIKE A CITY LIKE THIS……
Preview : A network enabled city, no need to be in touch with news, if concerning news reaches you on as required basis. I want to reach office in time but their is a road block due accident, wish some body had alerted me on time and would have taken the diversion in time. My relative was the victim in the accident, wished ambulance reached the site on time. The people struck in traffic jam wished the vehicles involved in the accident are cleared on time.
- How Can it Happen : So there are cameras at all road junctions, breakdown services are stationed , ambulances are stand by, but are they enabled, their lies the key. Imagine an accident happens at a particular road junction, camera picks the commotion, traffic control room beams the information via network enabled means to :-
a. Nearest Traffic cop to rush to the spot.
b. Nearest ambulance service & Hospital gps
c. Breakdown services
d. All mobile operators are asked to send messages to all active phones within 5 kms of site to take diversions with alternate routes so that no other particular route is taken by all and congested.
e. As soon as ambulance starts from her parking lot to accident site, all traffic cops in that area get an intimation and they keep one lane clear for ambulance to reach the site and commute victims to hospital in shortages possible time, with active GPS aided routing, in conjunction with traffic cops. Following the ambulance will be the breakdown service vehicle(crane, JCB, etc)which will clear the road of vehicles involved in the accident. And in less than 15 mins normal traffic is restored. And message sent to all within 5 kms radius traffic restored.
Also whilst on way to hospital, the victims relatives get informed through cell provider, NOK details for that number or RTO data base of the vehicle registration database.
With my experience in network centric warfare for two decades in Indian navy , I can confidently say it’s possible and can provide subject matter expertise if any agency willing to take up the cause.
3. Another View : Lets take another possibility – A warning of impending disaster , an earthquake. Say an ritcher scale 8 magnitude has occurred in place A, very close(100kms) from your city. The Govt dept, informs all media, of the warning. Think this way at any given time most people are at work or at night sleeping , so hardly anyone is watching TV or listening to news, hence likely casualties are going to be higher if earthquake ripples strike your city.
Imagine if Govt Depts issues the warning and all residents of that city get an instantaneous phone, mobile call not only alerting about quake but also precautions to take, designated open space to take shelter post the call through SMSs followed by news breaks , local announcements happens , surely casualties will be less as near 100% information reach would be ensured seamlessly.
One more take, I wish to buy a particular brand watch, I surf the net for it and like a particular model(as per time spent on that model site). As , I disengage from the site , I receive a mail from that watch brand – Saying
We are please that you are interested in our brand model , taking it forward would like to offer a special discount of 25% on the msp,please click to accept, it would be our pleasure to deliver shipment at your doorstep within ..hours
Can someone refuse the offer.
4. Conclusion: I can only say as time on comfort increases in one’s life, time on quality task at work will go up and thereby productivity. Hence network enabled cities are the way ahead and am game for it and confident it can happen. Constructive suggestion are welcome.