Fashion e-tailer Myntra buys mobile app start-up

Jul 12, 2016 0

Bengaluru–Leading fashion e-tailer Myntra has acquired the city-based mobile app developer Cubeit to strengthen its technology team, the company said on Tuesday.

“As part of the acquisition, Cubeit team has been inducted into our company to make it an acqua-hire deal and expand our technology team,” Myntra said in a statement here.

Leading e-tailer Flipkart acquired a majority stake in Myntra in May 2014 for an estimated Rs.2,000 crore ($300 million) to widen its online offerings.

As a two-year tech start-up, co-founded by Sarthak Jain, Nithinkumar Gadiparthi and Prathamesh Juvatkar, Cubeit builds mobile apps to allow users aggregate content from anywhere, organise, view and share from any location.

“As technology is at the core of our operations, we are looking at leveraging it to enhance customer experience through social and community interactions on our platforms. With quality content, Cubeit brings expertise to strengthen our offerings,” said Myntra’s Chief Product and Technology Officer Shami Sharma.

Cubeit also developed an interactive mobile application for providing user access to multiple apps depending on the need through a smart interface and allowing the same to be shared with individuals or groups.

“This new adventure allows us to learn and test our capabilities as we move along. Myntra offers us an opportunity to leverage our skills and build upon a strong technological base,” said Cubeit Chief Executive Jain.

Myntra acquired Native5, a city-based mobile app development platform company through a similar acqui-hire in May 2015 and Fitiquette, a San Francisco-based technology solution in April 2013.

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News Analysis: Is 700 MHz auction base price beyond telcos’ spectrum?

Jul 10, 2016 0

By Aparajita Gupta

New Delhi–As telecom operators prepare their bids for the next round of spectrum auctions, keenly watched is the 700 MHz band, being put on the block for the first time and seen as the most efficient airwave range. But will the high base price prove a dampener?

“Globally 700 MHz band is a much sought after band because of its better efficiency in terms of coverage — both indoor and outdoor,” said Rishi Tejpal, Principal Analyst for Telecom Business Strategy at Gartner.

“This band is being considered by many operators worldwide for 4G or long term evolution (LTE) deployment because of its better propagation characteristics. Majorly, 700 MHz band can be used for rural coverage in a cost efficient way,” Tejpal told IANS.

Mahesh Uppal, Director of telecom consultancy firm Com First, concurred.

“This spectrum range is more efficient than all others currently deployed by telecom operators. The 700 MHz signal travels much longer distances. This means a fewer towers are required than when operators use, say, 1800 MHz of 2300 MHz,” Uppal said.

Even the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has a similar view regarding the 700 MHz band — more precisely from, 698 MHz to 806 MHz. It says this is the preferred band for LTE in markets like Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Americas.

“Spectrum in 700 MHz band is vital for proliferation of broadband in India. Due to its adoption by a large number of countries, harmonisation can be achieved, resulting in lower price of devices due to economies of scale and quick penetration of services,” it said.

But what has brought concern for the players is the perceived high reserve price for the band. In the Delhi circle, for example, the regulator has suggested Rs 1,595 crore per MHz, which most of the industry stakeholders consider to be steep. For pan-India, it is Rs 11,485 per MHz.

Uppal told IANS that the 700 MHz band will be predominantly used for 4G (LTE) services which will support broadband data, as well as Internet Protocol telephony such as voice over LTE network — measures that can bring major cost benefits to customers.

It is for this reason why several big telecom operators, notably Reliance Jio, whose services are due for commercial launch any time, and Bharti Airtel are eyeing this band. In fact, a recent HSBC Global Research report said the 700 MHz will prove to be decisive in the upcoming auction.

“Around 70 per cent of the planned receipts from auctions are driven by take up in the 700 MHz spectrum band. But except for the 4G entrants, none of the existing incumbents have the balance sheets to bid for pan-India 700 MHz spectrum at current prices, in our view,” the report said.

The overall base price of $83 billion for auctions is 2.8 times the industry’s present revenue.

“If 4G entrants end up buying pan-India 700 MHz in the auction, we believe it will ultimately rule out the possibility of any downward revision of 700 Mz pricing and limit the options for incumbents to have access to any sub 1 Ghz data spectrum in the near to medium term,” HSBC said.

It said 700 MHz spectrum in high subscriber density and large coverage markets like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal is cheaper than 900 MHz and incumbent telecom companies have the option to add 700 MHz spectrum selectively.

“In other words, adding 700 MHz at current prices may not help 4G entrants to limit competition in the data market. Further ecosystem for 700 MHz band from an Indian context could be at least 3-4 years away. To sum up we see limited, selective demand for spectrum in 700 MHz band.”

But will there be enough buyers in the upcoming auction? The HSBC report says otherwise.

Proceeds from spectrum auction are likely to top no more than $12 billion, falling way short of the government’s target, as few companies have the money to justify the costs involved with varying demand for bands on offer.

“The government plans to raise $83 billion from the spectrum auctions, implying 2.8 times the present revenues from a sector with an average net/debt earnings before interest, taxes, and amortisation ratio of 4 times,” the report said.

“Our initial analysis suggests that total proceeds from spectrum auctions are unlikely to exceed $10-12 billion and we believe a lot of spectrum might remain unsold in 700, 2,300, 2,500 MHz bands. We see good demand for 1,800 MHz, selective demand for 2,100 and 700 MHz,” it added.

Crisil Market Research had a similar take — and explained the dilemma which operators face. It expected no more than 10 percent of the spectrum on offer in 700 MHz band being sold. Even if a player wanted to “conquer” the market, it did not expect more than 15-20 percent uptake at best.

“Better efficiency resulting in lower capex, global commonality supporting ecosystem development, and sustaining the quality of service to counter Reliance Jio’s 800 MHz are the key reasons that make 700 MHz so important for incumbents,” it said.

“But as the 4G subscriber base swells, the need for 700 MHz spectrum will pinch incumbents.”

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INFOCOM 2016 to explore dynamics of building empowered businesses

Jul 4, 2016 0

New Delhi–In a bid to explore the dynamics of building empowered businesses, INFOCOM 2016 — India’s leading business, technology and leadership conference — is set to be organised in the capital on July 7.

An initiative of the Ananda Bazar Patrika (ABP) Group, the second edition of “INFOCOM 2016-New Delhi chapter” event titled “Transform, Disrupt and Transform” will be inaugurated by Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the India Habitat Centre, the organisers said in a statement.

Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha; Piyush Goyal, Minister of State with Independent Charge (Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy); Dr Pawan Agarwal, motivational speaker and Vijay Sethi, Chief Information Officer and Head (CSR), Hero MotoCorp, among others will share their vision on the disruption and innovation technology.

The day-long event will have sessions titled “Disruption, Innovation and Industry Change,” “2020 Digital Bank”, “Digital Disruption in Manufacturing, Creating Breakthrough Experience in the Age of Digital”, “Building a Robust Cyber Security Defense Mechanism,” “Digital Economy: Embracing Innovations and the New Age of Industry with IoT,” “Nurturing SMEs – The Way Forward,” “How to Monetise IoT” and the “Inspirational Keynote: The Mumbai Dabbawalas Story”.

Expected to be attended by 300 delegates from large corporates, SMEs, policymakers, academia and media, the event will have over 30 speakers in industry leaders, ICT experts, top corporates, think tanks, entrepreneurs, government officials and academia from across the world.

Hari Om Rai, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, Lava International; Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd; Dr Omkar Rai, Director General, Software Technology Parks of India and Dr Aruna Sharma, IAS, Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY), will be present at the inaugural ceremony.

The welcome address is scheduled to be delivered by Dhruba Mukherjee, Vice President-The Telegraph, ABP Pvt Ltd.

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ISRO tells industry to enhance capacity to meet demand

Jun 23, 2016 0

Bengaluru– The Indian aerospace industry should enhance its capacity to meet the growing demand for space-based services, India’s space agency ISRO said on Thursday.

“It is imperative for the aerospace industry to enhance its capacity to meet the rapidly increasing national demand for space-based services,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said at a conference on ‘Enabling spacecraft systems realisation through industries’ here.

A.S. Kiran Kumar

A.S. Kiran Kumar

The day-long conference was organised at the space agency’s satellite centre a day after India launched on Thursday a record 20 satellites, including 17 of foreign customers from Sriharikota rocketport in Andhra Pradesh.

Lauding the industry for participating in realising various subsystems, Kiran Kumar said end-to-end realisation of spacecraft had not yet been realised.

“Almost all the government departments and ministries had evinced keen interest in applying space technology for carrying out their mandates,” he told the industry delegates and reminded them of the country’s great potential to capture a sizeable portion of the business in the international space market.

The space agency also adopted a variety of models for outsourcing its jobs related to spacecraft (satellites) and launch vehicles (rockets) to the vendors across the country.

Senior executives of the space agency and its satellite centre made presentations to about 100 industry delegates on their requirements with respect to hardware, technologies, quality and delivery schedule.

During the interaction, the industry delegates presented their capabilities and committed to partner with ISRO for realising the end-to-end spacecraft.

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‘Godless’ Android malware spreading fast

Jun 23, 2016 0

New Delhi–A family of mobile malware called “Godless” has affected over 850,000 Android devices worldwide with almost half of these devices in India alone, a new report said on Thursday.

droidBased on the data collected from cyber security firm Trend Micro’s “Mobile App Reputation Service”, malicious apps related to “Godless” are found in prominent app stores, including Google Play.

“Godless” hides inside an app and exploits the root of the operating system (OS) on your phone. This creates admin access to a device, allowing unauthorised apps to be installed.

“It contains various exploits to ensure it can root a device and it can even install spyware,” the report warned.

By having multiple exploits to use, ‘Godless’ can target virtually any Android device running on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) or earlier.

Almost 90 per cent of Android devices globally currently run on affected versions, the company claimed.

Once the malware has finished its rooting, it can be tricky to uninstall.

“When downloading apps, users should always review the developer. Unknown developers with very little or no background information may be the source of these malicious apps.Users should also have secure mobile security that can mitigate mobile malware,” said Nilesh Jain, Country Manager, (India and SAARC), Trend Micro. (IANS)

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India launches 20 satellites at one go! Jai Ho

Jun 22, 2016 0

By Venkatachari Jagannathan

Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh– India on Wednesday successfully put into orbit its own Cartosat earth observation satellite and 19 other satellites, including one belonging to the Google company Terra Bella.

With this India successfully completed yet another multiple satellite launch in a single rocket mission.

“The PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket has done its job. We have current generation Cartosat satellite,” A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said soon after the launch.

Exactly at 9.26 a.m. the PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 320 tonne tore into the morning skies with fierce orange flames at its tail.

Gathering speed every second the rocket raced towards the heavens amidst the cheers of the ISRO officials and the media team assembled at the rocket port here.

Just over 17 minutes into the flight, the PSLV rocket ejected Cartosat at an altitude of around 515 km.

It was followed by the two other Indian satellites – the 1.5 kg Sathyabamasat from Sathyabama University that would collect data on green house gases and the 1 kg Swayam satellite from College of Engineering, Pune, to provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM radio community.

Soon the other satellites were put into orbit.

It was the first time that ISRO launched 20 satellites with one rocket.

In 2008, the ISRO had launched 10 satellites with the PSLV rocket.

With the success of Wednesday’s rocket mission, India has successfully launched 74 satellites for international customers.

ISRO scientists received a deluge of congratulatory messages from different leaders following the successful launch.

Congratulating the ISRO scientists, President Pranab Mukherjee said: “I understand that images received from the Cartosat-2 satellite will be useful in providing scene-specific spot imagery that can be used for detailed mapping and other cartographic applications as well as applications in Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS).”

“20 satellites in a go! ISRO continues to break new barriers. Hearty congratulations to our scientists on the monumental accomplishment,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

“The fact that of the 20, 17 satellites belonged to foreign vendors, including that from the US and Google, speaks volumes about the leaps in progression that ISRO has taken since its inception in 1960s,” Congress President Sonia Gandhi said, and extended her good wishes to ISRO Chairman Kumar.

The PSLV’s main cargo was India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation with a design life of five years.

This satellite is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B.

The other 19 satellites weighing totally around 560 kg are from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as one satellite each from Chennai’s Sathyabama University and College of Engineering, Pune.

The entire mission was over in around 26 minutes.

According to ISRO, the 110 kg SkySat Gen2-1 belonging to Terra Bella, a Google company, is a small earth imaging satellite capable of capturing sub-metre resolution imagery and high definition video.

The Planet Lab’s Dove Satellites are also earth imaging satellites. A total of 12 Dove satellites each weighing 4.7 kg were carried in this mission inside three QuadPack dispensers, ISRO said.

“We are in discussions with Planet Labs and other companies for the launch of their satellites,” S. Rakesh, Director, ISRO Propulsion Centre and Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Antrix Corporation told reporters here after the launch.

Antrix Corporation is the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Both the companies – Terra Bella and Planet Labs – have plans to launch a series of satellites.

The Indian rocket also put into orbit the 85 kg M3MSat from Canada. The technology demonstration mission is jointly funded and managed by Defence Research and Development Canada and the Canadian Space Agency.

The other satellites that were launched are: 120 kg LAPSN-A3 of Indonesia, the 130 kg BIROS from German Aerospace Centre, Germany and the 25.5 kg GHGSat-D, Canada.

Soon after the Cartosat was put into orbit its two solar arrays were deployed automatically and ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bengaluru took over the control of the satellite.

In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration following which it will begin to provide remote sensing services using its panchromatic (black and white) and multispectral (colour) cameras.

Apart from launching of the satellites ISRO also tested a new technology in its PSLV rocket — shutting down and restarting of the rocket’s fourth stage twice, said S. Somanath, Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre.

With the earth observation satellites going down in size globally, the ISRO has been reducing the size of its earth observation satellites, ISRO Chairman Kumar said.

“We can’t take the private company’s approach. There has to be certain minimum requirements for our government needs,” he added.

Kumar said as per estimation around 70 satellites are needed to be put into orbit over the next five years.

Currently, there are 34 satellites in orbit comprising communication, earth observation, navigation and space science satellites.

Asked about the need for a third launch pad to increase the launch frequency, Kumar said the space agency is building a new vehicle/rocket assembly building that would speed up the assembling of rockets.

“Once the existing bottlenecks are removed and if there is a need for new facilities we will go for that,” Kumar added.

According to him, the next PSLV rocket will put into orbit a weather monitoring and forecasting satellite Scatsat.

He said the South East Asian satellite built by India is likely to be launched between December 2016-March 2017.

On India’s plans to have a space station of its own, Kumar said it depends on the long term plan of ISRO, the funding received from the government and other aspects.(IANS)

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A few things about Alok Tayi’s TetraScience, an Internet-of-Things company

Jun 15, 2016 0

BOSTON, MA—TetraScience, a Boston startup, could be on to something. Something really big.

BostInno reported that TetraScience, a startup bringing the ‘Internet of Things’ to scientific instruments and lab equipment, has been steadily growing over the past year – despite keeping much of their traction under wraps.

Alok Tayi

Alok Tayi

TetraScience, for example, secured a “substantial round of funding in 2015,” BostInno quoted the company’s co-founder and CEO Alok Tayi. The company also revealed that one of its investors is Digital Science.

“So they’re starting to loosen their tight lip. Just a bit, though,” BostInno said.

TetraScience is an Internet-of-Things company founded by scientists and engineers from Harvard and MIT, according to the company’s website. “Our mission is to modernize research by bringing cloud software to the laboratory. We think the future of science starts by connecting all scientific equipment to the web.”

The company’s website states that it is looking to hire at least nine people, including Embedded Linux Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Account Executive (SaaS), Account Executive (OEM) , Visual Designer, Inbound Marketing, Product Manager, Application Engineer; and Quality Assurance Engineer.

BostInno reported that, while Tayi didn’t disclose how much TetraScience raised in their seed round last June, he did explain the history behind the venture’s rapport with Digital Science. “The engagement began in 2014, when we were a recipient of their Catalyst Grant, which is issued once a year to promising startup in the space,” Tayi said.

In the past six months, TetraScience has scaled to three dozen, pushing four dozen customers, according to Tayi, including “top notch institutions” who want to work with them, BostInno said, adding that Tayi explained there’s been growing interest among organizations in the oil, gas and chemical fields, which use the same instruments and similar experimentation processes to complete their work.

“We’ve doubled our headcount, doubled our customer base and doubled our revenue,” BostInno quoted Tayi as saying. “We’re continuing that pace through the end 2016.”

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Aiming for the ‘cloud’, Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Jun 13, 2016 0

San Francisco–Microsoft Corp on Monday said it is acquiring professional networking website LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in an all-cash deal, billed as one of the largest such pacts in the global social media space.

LinkedIn, which has nearly 10 percent of its over 430 million users in India, will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence and Jeff Weiner will remain the chief executive of LinkedIn, reporting to his Indian-born Microsoft counterpart Satya Nadella, the tech giant said in a statement.

The deal, expected to close within this year, works out to over $60 per LinkedIn user.

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals. Together, we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organisation on the planet,” Nadella said in a statement.

Microsoft will pay $196 per LinkedIn share — a 50 per cent premium to LinkedIn’s closing price on June 10. The news brought cheer for LinkedIn as shares jumped 48 per cent to $194.35 on Monday. But Microsoft shares fell nearly 3 per cent.

“Today is a re-founding moment for LinkedIn. I see incredible opportunity for our members and customers and look forward to supporting this new and combined business,” added Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn.

“I fully support this transaction and the Board’s decision to pursue it, and will vote my shares in accordance with their recommendation on it,” Hoffman added.

When it comes to users, India has been one of the fastest-growing markets for LinkedIn in the past few years.

The Mountain View, California-based LinkedIn recently opened its largest office in Asia in Bengaluru that can house over 800 employees. The company currently has nearly 650 employees in India.

“The news has actually surprised me. We have yet to see how this will bring in revenue for Microsoft other than acquiring a popular brand. Also, we have to wait for its repercussions in India where LinkedIn is gradually growing,” Vishal Tripathi, Research Director at global market consultancy firm Gartner, told IANS.

“I would expect Microsoft to exploit this opportunity by bringing its brand and offerings closer to professionals connected via LinkedIn through the power of social networking, which is bound to translate into additional sales revenues in the years to come,” said Sanjoy Sen, Doctoral Research Scholar, Aston Business School, UK.

Mark Skilton, professor at Warwick Business School, said the acquisition made sense in respect of Microsoft’s link with enterprise in its cloud platform and portfolio of business services, and added it will help the global software giant to build out its enterprise services capabilities.

“LinkedIn makes two thirds of its income from talent solutions in recruiting and job market services that define it and the remainder in selling marketing solutions and premium subscriptions. It has remained the website to go to for professional networking,” Skilton added.

LinkedIn recently launched a new version of its mobile app that has led to increased member engagement and enhanced its news feed to deliver better business insights, the company said. It also acquired a leading online learning platform to enter a new market and rolled out a new version of its recruiter product to its enterprise customers.

“Just as we have changed the way the world connects to opportunity, this relationship with Microsoft and the combination of their cloud and LinkedIn’s network now gives us a chance to also change the way the world works,” Weiner noted.

“For the last 13 years, we’ve been uniquely positioned to connect professionals to make them more productive and successful, and I’m looking forward to leading our team through the next chapter of our story,” he added.

Hit by a massive data breach that put nearly 167 million users’ passwords and personal information in the hands of hackers four years back, LinkedIn recently came out with an explanation and steps it has taken to protect users.

In an email sent to all its members, LinkedIn admitted that the massive data breach in 2012 may result in millions of passwords being leaked to the internet.

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Scientist: India should build its own space station

May 18, 2016 0

By Venkatachari Jagannathan

Chennai– India should actively get into building its own space station in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) as its next space frontier since the time is opportune for this, a retired space scientist has said.

According to M.Y.S. Prasad, who retired as director of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), India should have long-term strategic goals that will have a cascading technological benefit across several areas.

M.Y.S. Prasad (Photo courtesy: The Hindu)

M.Y.S. Prasad (Photo courtesy: The Hindu)

“It is time to look 10-15 years ahead rather than planning for incremental growth activities. Building our own space station will be beneficial on many counts and would also generate around 15,000 high-skilled jobs,” the distinguished scientist, a 2014 recipient of the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, told IANS.

Simply put, a space station is a manned satellite in a Low Earth Orbit.

“The future of International Space Station (ISS) is not known post 2025. Then there will only be the Chinese space station in the orbit,” Prasad said.

Ruling out the possibility of developed countries coming together again to put up a space station, Prasad said it is an opportune time for India to do that and start planning for it.

“The decision to have a space station will have a positive effect on other connected projects. The plan to have a space station will result in accelerated development of reusable rockets, in-orbit docking systems, manned mission and others,” Prasad said.

He said the technology development needed for manned missions to Low Earth Orbit and space stations in Low Earth Orbit will enhance the knowledge and competence of the country’s space agency — Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) — and the industrial capacity of the country.

The research and development (R&D) activities in these areas need the evolution of re-entry technologies, life support systems, safe recovery systems, more reliable launch and spacecraft systems, long-term platforms operating in space for specialised experiments and others, Prasad remarked.

He said India should get into the development of a rocket that can carry 7.5 tonnes into a Geo-stationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) and 10 tonnes into Low Earth Orbit.

“Such a rocket will cater to India’s needs of launching heavier satellites as well as the space station,” Prasad said.

The setting up of a space station will result in the development of orbit-docking technology which countries like the US, Russia and China now possess.

“There can be a possibility of India-China cooperation in the space station sector like the US and Russia joining hands,” Prasad said.

According to him, a firm step towards such a long-term goal will be to commit steady budgetary support for the space sector.

Apart from technological development, space stations will enable long-duration manned space missions.

On the strategic side also, space stations will be of immense use.

“Further, instead of launching remote sensing satellites at regular intervals, the space station can act as one,” Prasad said.

Agreeing that India should look far as regards space sector goals, former ISRO chairman U.R. Rao told IANS: “Today manned mission is not for prestige. It has become important.”

Space agency officials told IANS that the sector got the budgetary support it needed from successive governments.

Earlier India did not look at manned mission and other projects as the cost-benefit ratio was not in favour and hence the focus was on launching communication and remote sensing satellites.

However, former ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan offered an alternative instead of India building its own space station.

“India could look at conducting tests at the International Space Station rather than building its own,” Radhakrishnan told IANS.

According to him, it is certainly in India’s plans to have an Indian presence in the solar system.

“Developing the necessary technology, building and maintaining the space station involve huge financial outlay. Human flight is what ISRO should look at,” Radhakrishnan said.

According to Prasad, investment in space technologies cannot be looked in the short-term perspective of cost-benefit ratio. (IANS)

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EMC in race to develop smart cities in India

May 9, 2016 0

By Hardev Sanotra

Las Vegas–The world’s largest IT storage company is in the race for developing smart cities in India, offering their services to the central and state governments, according to senior officials of the company.

“We have already completed a health project for a state government to make hospitals smart and to provide real time information to the government for taking appropriate decision,” Rajesh Janey, President, EMC India and Saarc, told visiting Indian journalists to the EMC world annual conference here.

Rajesh Janey

Rajesh Janey

The project was done for Telengana, the newest state in India. “We are talking to the central governments as well as state authorities to offer the hardware and software to make cities smart,” Janey said.

The Narendra Modi government had announced an initiative to develop 100 smart cities in India, with initial funds of Rs.7,000 crore being allocated for the project by the central government, though very little was actually spent. The project would be implemented by state governments or city councils.

EMC and Dell had announced a $67 billion merger in October, making it the largest tech marriage in history. The EMC World conference at the casino capital of the world was told by Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell, on Monday that the merged entity would be called Dell Technologies while the enterprise company would be named Dell-EMC.

The merger is awaiting some regulatory approvals and is likely to be completed between June and October, according to the team set up to work out the logistics of two tech giants coming together.

EMC has over 5,000 employees in India, largely in the engineering section, with offices in Bengaluru, Hyderbad, Delhi NCR and some tier-two towns. It provides storage hardware and software to companies and did about $350 million (Rs.2,400 crore) business last year. The $25 billion EMC employs around 70,000 employees globally.

EMC has set up a division on smart cities, whereby they are offering services for collating all data from health services, traffic, police, power infrastructure, municipalities, weather division, transport and government services collating data and bringing forth significant information which needed decisions. Also, the interface with citizens and those who seek services would become much easier, officials say.

According to Rob Silverberg, Director and Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Application Architecture for State, Local Government and Education at EMC California, the company is focussing on smart cities because it’s the world of future.

“We are talking to several cities and towns across the US to adopt what we have to offer,” said Silverberg, adding it would help city officials do their job more effectively and efficiently. He said the Indian section of EMC was following up on the smart cities in India. EMC is competing in smart cities business in the US and other countries with IBM.

Silverberg said that already a huge amount of data was being collected every day and every minute whether in crime tackling, traffic regulation or policing and other activities. “The data has to be stored and made intelligible for everyone so that right decisions are made fast.”

Silverberg said the EMC smart cities project could even help track crimes and prepare evidence for courts whether it’s through video monitoring data already been collected across the country or other methods. “Essential everything is data, and we are the experts who can help store and make sense of it,” he said.

According to Janey, the basic modules which the global company is now projecting to cities in various parts of the world, including Dubai, was made in Bengaluru by Indian software engineers. Janey said that EMC International had thrown up demand and the engineers in India came up with an effective solution which was adopted by the multinational. (IANS)

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