How to transform rural landscapes, design 5G intelligent villages

DoT organises workshop to promote sustainable development and innovations

GN Bureau | July 10, 2024


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Futuristic technologies such as 5G are already here. While urban users are reaping their benefits, these technologies also have a potential to transform rural areas. How to unleash that potential is the question.

That was the focus of a workshop – “Transforming Rural Landscape: Designing 5 G Intelligent Villages” – held here Wednesday. The workshop was organised by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) which is spearheading these efforts by unlocking the potential of 5G technology for rural development.

Emphasising the government's priority on enhancing rural development, the workshop showcased initiatives aimed at improving connectivity, digital literacy, and sustainable practices to significantly enhance the quality of life for rural communities.

In his inaugural address, Dr Neeraj Mittal, secretary (T), highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts in achieving the vision of intelligent villages. He discussed the concept of "smart" and "intelligent" villages, emphasizing the ability of these communities to interact, sense their surroundings, convey data, and extract knowledge, to be able to make informed decisions. He urged Industry and TSPs to come forward and adopt villages and employ technology to make them intelligent villages. He hoped that the workshop would come out with smart solutions and test use-cases for  creating a sustainable and prosperous future for our rural communities.

Madhu Arora, member (T), emphasised on the need to bridge the digital gap between urban and rural landscapes. She said that the evolving technologies have the potential to enrich the lives of people in rural areas in all spheres of life, be it education, health, environment, agriculture and conservation and intelligent use of natural resources etc.

A Robert J Ravi, DDG (SRI), asserted that technology must enhance the lives of people in rural areas to be truly valuable. Therefore, we need to develop innovative solutions, ranging from 'Intelligent Display' to micro-robots, to create 5G Intelligent Villages that will positively affect all sectors and benefit the society at large, particularly the rural population.

The sessions at the workshop included ‘Building the backbone of rural connectivity’; ‘ Real world use cases and innovations’; ‘AI-powered real time monitoring’; and ‘On-ground 5G network infrastructure’.  

A panel discussion was also held on deployment of “intelligent villages”. It featured a series of presentations and interactions on topics such as renewable energy, smart agriculture, digital literacy, and infrastructure development. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with industry experts and explore practical applications of these technologies in their own communities.

Senior DoT officials, Industry people, MSMEs, start-ups, academia and other stakeholders participated in the workshop.

The workshop aimed at integrating technology and rural development to enhance quality of life. The integration of cutting-edge innovations, like 5G, with traditional rural practices was highlighted as a pathway to foster sustainable growth and improve living standards in rural areas.

The 5G Intelligent Village Initiative of the DoT responds to the pressing need for equitable technological advancement by harnessing the transformative power of 5G technology to uplift rural communities. “From Connectivity Gaps to Smart Solutions: Designing 5G Networks for Rural Innovation- 5G Intelligent Villages”- aims to addresses critical pillars such as agriculture, education, healthcare, governance, and sustainability:

For more on that, see: https://youtube.com/shorts/ufQzwxh8nZ0?si=e0vMGtASR6NTmaz1.

By leveraging such advancements, the government aims to ensure that rural areas are not left behind in the global push for technological progress and sustainability.

The Intelligent Village Workshop is a significant step forward in the journey towards empowering rural areas, demonstrating the government’s priority to integrate future technologies and sustainable practices in the development of intelligent villages.

 

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