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Infosys to set up model "smart city" in Mysore to demonstrate advances in urban development

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New Delhi, January 14, 2015

IT services major Infosys Ltd today said it would invest in and develop its Mysore campus in Karnataka as a "smart city".
At a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, Infosys CEO and Managing Director Vishal Sikka said the company would also provide its expertise in the areas of smart infrastructure planning and sustainable building technology to the Ministry of Urban Development. 
An Infosys press release said the concept of a smart and sustainable city is based on leveraging the power of data and the latest technologies in building and information technology to minimize energy and resource consumption, increase the use of renewable energy, and reduce and manage waste effectively.
"The Infosys Mysore campus is a mini city in itself - spread over 350 acres, with 12 million sq. ft. built-up area and the capacity to host more than 15,000 trainees (residing on campus), 8,000+ employees and several thousand contract workers. Under this initiative, Infosys will strive towards making its Mysore campus a ‘Smart City’ through effective planning to ensure efficient resource governance and utilization. The campus will be the first to achieve zero waste to landfill sustainability. The company aims to achieve its target of making the campus a Smart City by April 2015," it said.
“We, at Infosys, deeply believe that the digital revolution creates opportunities for us to reshape the world around us for the better and to improve quality of life. With our experience in computing technologies, and in managing urban spaces totalling over 2,600 acres, with a built-up area of 39 mn. sq. ft., all over India, our model ecosystem at Mysore will serve as a live, replicable example of smart city innovations that will harness all the advantages of digitization. These technologies promise to revolutionize the physical spaces we inhabit; and Mysore as the spiritual center of our company and a magnificent space in which we learn and teach,offers the best venue for this great endeavour," Dr Sikka said.
The release said Infosys had been using industry leading practices such as radiant cooling, day lighting and effective retrofit strategies to reduce its energy consumption. 
The company has also invested in a Command Centre at its headquarters in Bangalore from where it monitors, manages and optimizes resource usage across its development centers based in India. This Command Centre analyzes data of energy consumption, building operations, and uses advanced algorithms for energy saving, predictive maintenance and more, to ensure operational excellence.
"Infosys is continuously investing in renewable energy such as solar energy and has a goal to reduce its water consumption on campuses by 50% and to recycle and reuse all water on its campuses. The company is also working towards a zero waste to landfill approach," the release added.
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