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Smart city command and control centre leveraging geospatial data

Geospatial data plays an instrumental role in many major domains of a smart city pertaining to traffic, transport, surveillance, IoT sensors and e-governance. It is available for city applications using the Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) which is essentially a well-architected and known solution to integrate, interact with and control multiple city applications. This whitepaper has been curated by IET’s expert volunteers in India from the Smart City working group of the IET Future Tech Panel.

It presents the must-have features of an ICCC solution, ideas around how geospatial data be leveraged in building smart cities and captures the implementation challenges and related solutions for the same.

Future proofing standards documents: A philosophy to checklist

Drafting standards documents for a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous, i.e., VUCA world demands them to be relevant and to be able to withstand the test of time. It requires future-proofing.

This whitepaper has been curated by IET’s expert volunteers in India from the Cybersecurity working group of the IET Future Tech Panel.  It presents fundamental ideas to consider in helping make future standards future proof. The premise of this paper is that in a world of rapid change and innovation, regulation should move its primary focus from controlling and compliance to promoting research, innovation, commercialisation and standardisation. Regulation to control or comply should follow subsequently.

Empowering software defined smart cities with geospatial technologies

Geospatial technologies play a crucial role in various business processes and workflows of a smart city wherein it drives most of the information systems enabling effective smart city function.

The technology acts as an integration platform and empowers city administrators to take informed decisions. 

GIS technology is the backbone of smart city initiatives. Spatial data analysis helps city administrators and leaders to visualise how a structure will look before it is built and make other necessary decisions.

Spatial data provides the foundation technology for city planning, development, construction, operations, maintenance, and management.

This whitepaper curated by the IET’s expert volunteers in India from the Water and Smart Cities working group of the IET Future Tech Panel sheds light on the importance of geospatial technologies and their role in various business processes and workflows of a smart city.

Digital India 2021

Digital India mission was rolled out on July 01, 2015 to transform India into a digitally empowered society. The programme has been envisaged as a facilitator to make India’s governance electronically compliant. The Digital India mission was an acknowledgement that largescale digital technology implementation was the only way to serve a population of 1.3 billion people, with limited resources.

This whitepaper presents a holistic view on the role played by future technologies in different industry segments and how we see these critical sectors evolving with technology.

2020 and technology - The Year in review

Nobody will forget 2020 in a hurry. This was the year that the world stopped. Countries closed their borders; humans were stuck in their home cages, while animals roamed free. Economies tottered on the brink of collapse, healthcare systems bulged at their seams and millions lost their livelihood. Loneliness became acute, mental resilience took a beating and social connection started fraying.

In the midst of all this, there was one saviour and that was technology. Technology helped humans reach out to each other and connect, it helped healthcare systems cope up with massive challenges and allowed millions to continue with their jobs and lives.

The biggest impact of technology was in contact tracing using big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Across the world governments and healthcare experts used contact tracing technology to isolate and stem the spread of the dreadful disease. Big data, analytics and AI helped researchers understand trends of the disease and the way it acts on the human body.

IET response to the National Blockchain Strategy

Blockchain technology is the key to building a digital economy that is transparent and accountable. Its applications across sectors such as healthcare, financial services, agriculture, real estate, utilities, manufacturing and supply chain, are critical to the country.

As part of their continuing efforts in improving and enhancing the adoption of future technologies across the country, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) released a draft on the National Blockchain Strategy on February 1, 2021.

The recommendations in this document are a response to the call issued by MeitY for this draft. The document lays out opinions of the Healthcare, Cybersecurity, Smart Cities, Blockchain and Standards, Legal and Regulatory Working Group of the IET Future Tech Panel.

Technology for MSMEs- Real time location systems

In our whitepaper titled “Accelerating Adoption of Industry 4.0 by MSMEs – Use Cases and Viewpoints”, we presented a list of top 6 business key performance indicators (KPIs) and benefits most organisations can achieve by embracing technology solutions.

This is the first edition of a multi part whitepaper authored by experts from our Manufacturing working group of the IET Future Tech Panel.

The series presents a list of cost effective technology building blocks that can address specific use cases aimed at faster adoption of Industry 4.0 concepts  and  strategies, and help MSMEs make the right choice of technology, infrastructure and platform  to suit their organisational needs.

IET’s response to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

The Indian broadband connectivity landscape has evolved significantly. The rate of wired broadband subscribers is on the rise and the market is anticipated to grow further in the coming years. From a $200 million market in 2019, the Indian wired broadband market is projected to touch $243 million by 2024.

The recommendations in this document are a response to the call issued by TRAI for their consultation paper on Roadmap to Promote Broadband Connectivity and Enhanced Broadband Speed published on August 20, 2020. This document lays out the opinion of the Digital Communications and Standards, Legal and Regulatory Working Group of the IET Future Tech Panel. Since the call is for seeking inputs on:

  • Defining fixed and mobile broadband.
  • Innovative approaches for infrastructure creation.
  • Promoting broadband connectivity and
  • Measures to be taken for enhancing broadband speed, it is only befitting that the interdisciplinary, neutral panel that we lead, reviews it from all standpoints and presents a comprehensive feedback.

Accelerating adoption of Industry 4.0 by MSMEs

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a stir in the Indian Micro Small and Medium scale Enterprises (MSME) segment. The national lockdown disrupted their intermittent operations, enforcement of social distancing norms caused limited freedom to move around within factories and reduced size of workforce due to migrant labour movement hampered productivity.

In this paper, experts from our Manufacturing working group of the IET Future Tech Panel highlight some of the challenges faced by brownfield MSMEs in India and describe use cases which could be considered and implemented by them. They also detail the opportunities available, scope for improvement and solutions to the varied challenges of the Indian MSME sector.

Ventilator tracking for Covid-19 preparedness

Shortage of ventilators is a grave reality across the globe as covid cases continue to rage.

The Healthcare working group of our Future Tech Panel, have created a blueprint to address the challenge of ventilator shortage in the country.

In this paper, we propose technological frameworks that will enable hospitals and medical institutions effective track medical assets – their availability, live location, existing condition, etc. The proposed solution aims to provide care to those in need.

Read the report for a quick and effective solution for tracking ventilator availability in the country.

Repurposing buses as Covid-19 testing centres

Rapid testing is key to India overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. However, to ramp up testing, while keeping social distancing intact, it is imminent that point of care diagnostics is implemented.

In response to the pandemic, expert volunteers from the IET’s Healthcare Working Group and the Future of Mobility and Transport Panel have come together to explore the use of buses as testing centres for point of care testing and diagnosis for COVID-19.

In this paper, we propose to use buses as points of care testing centres for COVID-19, thereby enabling better access and scale. The paper sets out the challenges of mobile testing, ways to repurpose buses to become a sample collection and diagnostic centre, possible workflows and patient journeys that can be used as well as provide a project plan for authorities to execute.

Authored by Ravi Ramaswamy, Senior Director, Philips Healthcare; Chair- Healthcare WG, IET Future Tech Panel and Ramanathan Sethuraman, Platform Architect, Intel detail how buses can be repurposed as COVID-19 testing centres.

Enabling Indian manufacturing MSMEs for global competitiveness by Sanjeev Gupta and Manish Lunge

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a watershed moment for businesses globally. While the scenario looks gloomy all around, there are significant local and global factors that may prove to be favourable for Foreign Direct Investment in manufacturing, especially the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector of India.

With companies looking towards India as an investment destination, there needs to be a serious re-thinking of existing business models. Sanjeev Gupta, VP, Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Services, Capgemini and Member, Manufacturing WG, IET Future Tech Panel along with Manish Lunge, Director, Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Services, Capgemini in this whitepaper discuss the opportunities available, scope for improvement and propose solutions to the varied challenges for the MSME sector in India.

Read the report to know how the sector can take full advantage of local and available expertise to fulfil the needs of the powerful slogan that has challenged and dominated the Indian discourse – Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliance India)!

IoT and Future Tech for aiding social distancing by Dr Rishi Bhatnagar

Who would have imagined that COVID-19 would become a global pandemic engulfing 190 countries, bringing the world’s economy to a standstill!

Social distancing is both the new reality and the new normal. It also presents a huge challenge for both businesses and people who depend on face-to-face interactions.

Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, Chair, IET Future Tech Panel and President of Aeris Communications discusses in this whitepaper how various digital and connected technologies have come to the rescue of mankind in this grim situation.

Advancements and applications of digital technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR/VR), online streaming, video conferencing, robotics, drone technologies etc, have never been more prominent and appreciated than in this moment of widespread social distancing.

Read more to know which individuals and companies are adopting them for work, education and socialising.

Cognitive maintenance for improving the reliability of defence systems leveraging AI & IoT

Defence sector requires technologies that are highly reliable, efficient and accurate. Any system failures or functional defects can be disastrous and pose serious warfare and battlefield challenges.

The current advancement in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) enables prediction of system failures through efficient data usage. It also helps take necessary actions to prevent them and hence improve the function of systems deployed. Smart technologies such as these can often help in remote training, battlefield awareness, target recognition, efficient processing of large volumes of data captured, amongst others.

This whitepaper has been curated by IET’s expert volunteers in India from the Manufacturing working group of the IET Future Tech Panel.  It sheds light on the applications of artificial intelligence and the internet of things in improving the reliability and operational life of defence systems.

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