The sky’s may not be the limit for innovation of new ground-breaking technologies to the mankind. Machine to Machine or M2M technology is the root to the Internet of the things or IoTs and it was first adopted in manufacturing and industrial applications. However, recent years have seen the introduction of M2M and IoTs in the making of smart cities. Establishing smart cities across the country was one of the flagship initiative by PM Narendra Modi. To achieve the goal of smart city, in 2015 a programme called as smart city mission was launched which aimed to develop 100 cities across India which are expected to have a smart infrastructure, decent quality of life to the citizens, clean and sustainable environment through the application of smart solutions.


Observing the importance and potential of M2M and IoTs in improving the standards of cities in India, a national forum namely, India M2M + IoT was founded in 2014. This forum has established itself as the signature forum in the marketing of ‘Brand of India’ to the entire Information Communications Technology (ICT) stakeholders across the world. With an aim to promote the M2M and IoT ecosystem, 5th edition of India M2M +IoT forum which hosted India Smart Cities Forum and India Smart Villages Forum, was jointly organized by Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (DMS, IIT Delhi), FI Media (Future Internet and Electronic Media) a project funded by the Delegation of European Union to India and India m2m + iot Forum on 30-31 January 2018. This forum was attended by honorable Minister  Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) – Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India and Mr R K Pathak, Deputy Director General (DDG)-International Cooperation (IC) – Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Ministry of Communications, Government of India, to name a few. The keynote address was given by eminent personality Mr Ulrich Ahle, CEO – FIWARE Foundation, Prof Jagan Shah, Director – National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Dr B K Murthy, Scientist G & Group Coordinator, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India. ParkingRhino is happy to share that among these important figures, CEO and founder Tridib Konwar, of ParkingRhino was also invited as a key speaker for smart parking. Special invitation to ParkingRhino in such a prestigious forum is another milestone I terms of the fact that the company has been able to implement its idea as per smart city requirement. The use IoTs in ParkingRhino app has been taken noticed of and at the same time the company takes pride in setting the benchmarks for smart parking solution for smart city mission.