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Will India be the first country to host the Hyperloop?

Every week media outputs an update or two on the Hyperloop project and its path to the market. Elon Musk’s brainchild of a project is a magnet to attention, which attracts passion seekers as well as it builds concept awareness.
This week, based on The Economic Times reporting, we hear of a slight progression in regards to the discourse between Hyperloop Transportation Technologies company and the Indian administration.

According to a top Indian government official, “We had received a proposal from the company which has now been referred to Niti Aayog.”

For some background knowledge, the Niti Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) is an Indian government-based think tank created to foster engagement in the economic policy-making process. This agency, which was founded in January of 2015 by the Indian Prime Minister, will be deciding the fate of Hyperloop’s proposal to set up shop in India.
Road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari, is also in contact with US-based Hyperloop Transport Technology and acts as a key player in this decision.

“We have no resistance to the upcoming global technology,” transport minister Gadkari continued, “however, since the hyperloop technology is yet to be operational anywhere in the world, we need to know how feasible it is.”

Interest levels of incorporating a new-age transportation system in the Indian country are high, though so are the risks and concerns. Proposing such a future-thinking concept without any viable insurance of experience, Hyperloop today still stirs anxiety over passenger safety.
Originally, the Hyperloop was drawn up with intention to serve both people (substitutive of current railways in major cities) and freight corridor. However, it doesn’t seem likely that the Indian administration will begin transporting people anytime soon.

“Their claim is impressive. However, we are not considering them for passenger transportation. We could consider them for a greenfield dedicated freight corridor for movement of containers and white goods,” a senior railway ministry official said.

For those fiscal and business-minded folks there’s no need to worry; the gain of revenue from the freight transportation industry is estimated to be multiple that of which would be generated from moving people. Us humans must wait our turn for our first ride.

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SGSC 2015: new submission deadline!

The International Conference on Smart Grids for Smart Cities (SGSC 2015) will take place in Toronto, Canada on October 13–14, 2015 and will be co-located with Smart City 360 Summit.

The SGSC 2015 Conference is dedicated to the role of energy innovations in urban environment, and research and development on sustainable smart city ecosystems. It will focus on utilizing new ideas and technologies in the field of smart grid to make our urban environment more sustainable, increasing quality of life and efficiency of urban infrastructure, operation, services, and competitiveness while meeting the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects in smart cities. Scientific results, design concepts, new solutions, new smart grid applications, and case studies will be presented.

Topics of interest:

  • City wide Smart Grid Testbeds and Field-Trials;
  • Smart Grid and Urban Transportation;
  • Smart Grid and Urban Water and Waste Water Infrastructure;
  • Smart Grid and Urban Communication Infrastructure;
  • Smart Grid and Urban and Community Planning;
  • Smart Grid and Urban Emergency and Disaster Recovery;
  • Smart Grid and Security and Privacy Challenges;
  • Renewable Power Generation in Urban Environments;
  • Smart Grid Co-Simulation for Smart City Development.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Best papers will be invited to publish also in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Ubiquitous Environments.

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline: June 30th, 2015

Acceptance Notification: August 1st, 2015

Camera-ready deadline: August 15th, 2015

Find more details here.