ABB India Limited has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee for technical cooperation to construct an operational smart electricity distribution network and management system (SDNMS) on its campus. SDNMS will serve as a pilot project for the government’s Smart Cities Mission. The agreement also includes the creation of a smart grids resource centre and joint research and development facilities over the next five years for efficient power generation and distribution with a focus on clean energy. IIT Roorkee and ABB will collaborate to assimilate various supply and demand side equipment, devices and systems into an automated and hybrid energy distribution and management system for the campus. ABB will also provide design, engineering, procurement, testing and other services for the SDNMS project, which is expected to be operational in 2018-19.