IBM turns Rashtrapati Bhavan into a smart township

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Rashtrapati Bhavan Delhi

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Spread across 330 acres of land and home to over 5000 residents, Rashtrapati Bhavan is now adopting IBM’s technology and solutions to become smart and future ready.


As a part of a strategic engagement, IBM developed the vision and detailed roadmap for the transformation of the Presidents estate into a smart township. IBM has created the business architecture and operating procedures, implemented the technology platform and solutions, and is managing the entire technology deployment.

IBM's Intelligent Operations Center(IOC) helps collect and make sense of the rich data streaming in from several sources within the estate to provide actionable insights. It offers integrated data visualization, near real-time collaboration and deep analytics to help enhance the ongoing efficiency that will improve the efficiency of services for its residents.

A Citizens Mobile App, created by IBM IOC, was also launched, which allows residents to report issues using the web and mobile. The data from reported observation will be supplied to city offices, where they can use the insights to make informed decisions.


“Rashtrapati Bhavan is an iconic representation of India’s Smart City vision. It is a proud moment for all of us and the beginning of a great journey. We are honored to be their partner in enabling this transformation.” said, Vanitha Narayanan, IBM India MD.

President Pranab Mukherjee said “The smart presidential estate is a replicable model which can be replicated in other parts of the country through citizen’s engagement, public and private sector participation and deployment of intensive technologies. We are in the process of replicating our Rashtrapati Bhavan experience of smart town-ship by applying and transferring our knowledge and expertise to five villages in an adjoining state.”

Omita Paul, Secretary to the President said “Our achievements so far include a sewage treatment plant which recycles 80% of the sewage water of the estate, creation of e-platforms for the management of visitors, invitations, guests, functions, gifts, introduction of RFID based smart identity cards, smart cards for cashless shopping. The success of this smart presidential estate will serve as inspiration for the country for the transformation of its townships and villages”.


If you want to know how the progressive digital transformation took place, read on:

Smart Energy Management: With over 1500 residential apartment and well-lit open spaces the Presidential Estate consumes over one-lakh units of electricity per day.  IBM integrated its IOC system with electrical billing system. Data on consumption patterns of consumers, public and common areas, within the estate, is being collected to optimize energy management. Additionally, newer, eco-friendly technology such as solar power, LED lamps for street lighting and other applications to reduce energy consumptions are deployed.

Smart Water Management: The water management at the Estate relied heavily on manual intelligence. IBM mapped all water domain assets such as underground water reservoirs, pump locations and tube well assets. The entire water distribution pipeline was mapped on a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) layer. Through IBM IOC system accurate information about the distribution network will enable faster diagnostic and resolution of water incidents. Moreover, residents will be able to track complains in real-time.   

Smart Waste and Horticulture Management: IBM mapped waste management end to end from waste bin collections, rickshaw routes, disposals, landfill, and processing, on to its IOC system. An interface was created for people to generate statistics on different kinds of waste. Digitized waste lifecycle statistics and trends helped relevant departments analyze insights and improve processes to enable timely actions. A Mobile App platform assists teams in maintaining a cleaner Estate.

Smart Security Systems: IBM integrated its IOC system with e-visitor to facilitate analyses of all visitors’ statistics. IBM IOC is also leveraged for auto alerts and to generate notifications for upcoming events enabling teams to collaborate across departments and plan collectively for an upcoming event.

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