Surat, India, where many of world’s diamonds are processed, aims to be a jewel in Microsoft CityNext program

Surat, India, is a major business hub for both the Indian and global economies, with 80 percent of the world’s diamonds processed there, as well as 40 percent of India’s textiles.

Now, Surat is on course to become a showcase smart city in Microsoft’s CityNext program, writes A.T. Ball, managing director in Asia for Microsoft’s Public Safety & National Security business, in a blog post.

With the city’s population of more than 5 million, and growth expected to continue, Surat faces numerous challenges.

“As a new smart city, citizens in Surat will be able to access real-time data on city services including energy, sanitation, water, health and education through a combination of cloud technology, mobile applications, data analytics and social networks – for healthier and safer communities in India and around the world,” Ball says.

To read Ball’s post, visit the Microsoft Government Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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