Building Digital Twins for India’s Urban Future: Insights from BVR Mohan Reddy, Founder-Chairman of Cyient

Srishti Dey
Srishti Dey January 13, 2024
Updated 2024/01/13 at 9:19 AM

India’s fast urbanization offers special chances as well as difficulties. Innovative solutions are being investigated by visionary leaders in order to overcome the urban challenge. In this exclusive chat, BVR Mohan Reddy—founder and chairman of Cyient, a global provider of digital engineering and technology solutions—discusses innovation ecosystems, education reform, the social effect of tech goods, and India’s preparedness to rethink supply chains.

 BVR Mohan Reddy’s Pioneering Journey

BVR Mohan Reddy: An Icon in R&D and Engineering

India’s involvement in international engineering, research, and development has been pioneered by BVR Mohan Reddy. He has been a driving influence behind the establishment of the ‘Engineered in India’ brand as the founder of Cyient, a firm that offers design engineering services to major players in the industry including Boeing, Airbus, and more.

How Technology Innovation Affects Society?

Modernizing Aircraft Engines: Cutting Carbon Emissions

Aircraft engines are the subject of a ground-breaking initiative that challenges the conventional single-shaft concept in an effort to boost efficiency and lower carbon emissions. For more than 60 aircraft owners, Cyient has significantly reduced fuel consumption, carbon emissions, and noise pollution by providing a gearbox for varying speeds inside the engine subsystems.

Creative Cartography for Safer Highways

Europe’s road safety is being improved by Cyient’s mapping solution for Advanced Driving Assistance Systems. This device helps drivers optimize fuel consumption and lower accident rates by mapping the slopes and curvatures of the road. The manner that this technology is being used in commercial vehicles is revolutionizing the transportation industry.

Digital Twins: An Idea for More Intelligent Cities

Developed in partnership with partners around Europe, the idea of “Digital Twins” for cities produces a digital duplicate of urban landscapes. This application makes effective planning and catastrophe simulations possible by utilizing data on utilities, infrastructure, and other topics. It is revolutionary in the way that urban problems like traffic congestion and flooding are handled.

Using Technology to Close the Gap in Agriculture

Data-Oriented Precision Farming

Cyient has contributed to agricultural innovation by collecting data with drones fitted with Lidar technology. The information gathered aids farmers in making educated decisions about the health, production, water use, and soil quality of their crops. Using this information, a platform for managing subsidies given to farmers in the European Union is developed, maximizing a number of variables such as crop quality, floods, and land-use concerns.

Reducing Oslo’s Carbon Emissions

Cyient works on carbon capture and storage with the city of Oslo. The goal is to mitigate a large amount of the city’s carbon footprint by collecting emissions from waste-to-energy facilities.

Opportunities and Difficulties in the Indian Environment


Constructing “Digital Twins” for Cities in India

Although the idea of “Digital Twins” is revolutionary, there are obstacles in India. Large-scale data collecting and technology infrastructure are essential. India is pursuing the implementation of these solutions through network digitization, sensor deployment, and technological improvements.

Making Use of Land Mapping in India

For India, accurate land mapping is very important. Nonetheless, there are important issues that must be resolved, including the intricacy of legacy systems and the lack of data.

Innovation Ecosystems’ Significance in India

Promote Innovation and Entrepreneurship

BVR Mohan Reddy talks about programs like the BVR Mohan Reddy School of Innovation and the Global Innovation Hackathon. These initiatives tackle societal issues and encourage creative solutions.

Novel Approaches to Engineering Education

Reddy highlights the necessity to abandon rote learning in favor of a “failure-friendly” educational system. It is important to incorporate critical thinking, design thinking, and the capacity to question the status quo into the educational process.

Obstacles in the Funding Environment

Reddy emphasizes how crucial it is for India’s innovation curriculum to place more emphasis on disruptive and deep tech. He also talks about the necessity for creative solutions that go beyond copying pre-existing frameworks.

Are We Prepared for Changes in Technology and Labor?

Rethinking supply chains and adopting new technologies require a staff that is knowledgeable and flexible. India’s capacity to assimilate cutting-edge technology and supply competent labor is an important component.

The Social Impact of Technology

Cyient is dedicated to enhancing healthcare and quality of life, as seen by its donations to social impact businesses like Cardiac Design Labs. Their advancements in early optometry detection, remote health monitoring, and other areas are significantly impacting society.

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