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Date: 15-07-16

India gets in to the IOT bus

After missing electronics manufacturing opportunity bus in 90s, India trying hard now to enter the second electronics system design and Manufacturing (ESDM) opportunity, which is now possible. The modern electronics manufacturing is highly related to the IOT technology. In the fast emerging IOT space, India do not want to miss the opportunity.

India gets inside the IOT bus by taking some good initiatives so that both the start-ups and well-established companies can leverage to cater to the needs of domestic market as well as export.

Though fragmented and highly related to every sector of industry including agriculture, IOT is an opportunity for Indian IT as well as electronics entrepreneurs. The IOT market demands a lot of embedded software and hardware knowledge, where Indian industry has some strength.

One of the significant indicator of India's entry into IoT market opportunity is, The initiative by the industry body NASSCOM with the support of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Education and Research Network (ERNET) in starting a India’s first Centre of Excellence - Internet of Things (CoE- IoT) at the NASSCOM Startups Warehouse in Bengaluru. The Centre of excellence is also supported by state government of Karnataka. The CoE intent to leverage IT strengths and creating a new age industry with the support of IoT based ideas.

The CoE is also supported by Accenture, CISCO, Cyient, EMC, Intel, HCL Technologies, Qualcomm, TCS, L&T Technology Services, Robert Bosch and VM Ware as Strategic partners. Amazon Web Services, Digital Ocean, IBM, Microsoft have signed up as Infrastructure partner to the initiative.

Dr Neena Pahuja, Director General, Education and Research Network, (ERNET) said, “paradigm shift from IT to IOT, together with smooth shift of data & utilities using different electronic hardware structured with analytics, is going to enable a smart integrated & networked world. Starting from streamlining Airlines operations, Smart Cities to Disaster Management, IoT can play a major role in this connected world. With the growing number of IoT based SMEs/Startups in the Indian market, it becomes imperative to create an enabling ecosystem to help evolve this space, empowering companies to build technologies that provide Indian and Global solutions. We are happy to partner with NASSCOM, which is bringing-in Industry to help democratize innovation, by creating Centre of Excellence (COE) for start-ups in PPP mode.”

The CoE laboratory along with the NASSCOM 10,000 Startups Warehouse has the capacity to incubate up to 40 start ups and can accommodate around 10 emerging companies per shift for prototype/ design and usage of lab facilities. The CoE also provides a separate space for validation, verification and demonstration as well as concept labs for developing IoT solutions for application areas such as Agriculture, Automobile, Telecom, Healthcare and Consumer IoT.

Mr R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, said, “This Centre of Excellence has been created to act as a catalyst for developing the IoT SME/Startup ecosystem of the country as well as an accelerator of IoT capabilities providing the concept and scale for industrial and societal needs. The CoE will also function as an enabler of Funding, Accelerating, Mentoring & Enterprise for the key emerging IoT startups who have been selected for incubation, after a rigorous process.”

To give you some information on IoT market in India, there is a presence of over 120 IoT focused IT companies in India and an expected market opportunity of US$ 15 billion by 2020.

NASSCOM is focusing on systemically expanding the technology ecosystem and the IoT CoE will play the role of collaboratively addressing challenges such as the lack of understanding that leads to low adoption levels and security issues faced by the industry.

Multiple IoT based firms will be selected from over 250 entries to be incubated at the CoE, through a roadshow held across Coimbatore, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The first five companies out of the total entries are Wireless Controls, Uncanny Vision, LightMetrics, ThingsCloud and SAAR Microsystems.

To add this subject of latest IoT happenings in India, The Digital India Action Group (DIAG), set up byManufacturers’ Association of Information Technology(MAIT) made available a white paper on “IoT for Effective Disaster Management”.The white paper aims to create awareness and appreciation about the potential use and application of IoT for different aspects of disaster management.

The white paper recommends a ‘Seven-Point Action Plan’ to shift from a ‘relief and recovery’ model to ‘risk and vulnerability assessment’ and address key issues and challenges related to management of natural and man-made disasters in India.

The white paper also highlights the importance of real-time information management for effective preparation, planning, response and mitigation of disasters.

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