Water Digital Twins for the Indian context
India is currently facing a huge urban water crisis situation. This includes key challenges with municipal water systems, industrial water use and urban flood resilience.
Can Digital Twins, an up-and-coming technology help in enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of water resource management in Indian Smart cities.
Read more to explore some relevant case studies of Water Digital Twins from around the world and understand key design and implementation principles for Water Digital Twins for the Indian context.
Transitioning from traditional to digital engineering education
A modern cyber system has emerged due to the internet, IPV6 and convergence of various technologies like communication technologies, collaboration technologies (CT, operational technologies (OT), information technologies (IT), Bio Technologies (BT) and others).
Such systems provide new capabilities that have the potential to disrupt people lives, human bodies, businesses, industries, governments, and society at large, which has created a new revolution called 4th Industrial revolution.
But what lies next? Read on to explore how modern cyber system has become a driving force than just an enabler.
Evolution from Telco to Techno
Over the past decade, Telecom Service Providers (Telcos) across the world have been under continuous strain as their traditional revenue streams have gradually eroded and new growth opportunities have proven elusive given the significant change in the competitive landscape.
While Telcos rose to the challenge of 2020, when the pandemic hit the world, by ensuring connecting people to their work, schools and colleges, family, and healthcare – COVID 19 accelerated the trends that were already redefining the basis for success.
But what lies next? Read on to explore the future of Telecos, as we see it.
MSME Digitalisation Journey: Challenges and Opportunities
We brought experts together to discuss how MSMEs in the manufacturing sector in India can be helped to embrace and accelerate industry 4.0.
In the manufacturing ecosystem, there are some MSMEs who have embarked on this journey, taken concrete steps and have added value by implementing industry 4.0 technologies and some who are still trying to see what the initial steps are that can lead to such success stories.
The aim was to bring both these kinds together and also analyse aspects of how the success stories can be learnt from and inhibitions can be removed.
Growth Trends and State of IoT in India
The pandemic accelerated digital transformation: Emerging technologies like the IoT, AI, ML, AR/VR and Robotics are now playing a critical role in modernisation.
Making Indian Manufacturing world-class
The current digital maturity and overall capabilities of MSMEs in India indicate that they are not fully ready to adapt to this new digital world.
Geospatial technologies for Water Conservation and Management
Water is one of India's most important resources essential for agriculture, industry and all aspects of human life. It's also one of the most mishandled resources in the world.
Only 8% of the water India receives is actually collected. This is where Geospatial Technology can make an ocean of a difference.
This whitepaper curated by the IET’s expert volunteers in India from the Water working group of the IET Future Tech Panel explores how GIS solutions can enable agencies engaged in water resource management to monitor and assess conditions, perform, research, and deliver information, smarter and better.
Digital Twins: How it impacts healthcare
Industry is being transformed by digital twins, which are exact virtual replicas of machines or systems. These sophisticated computer models, which are driven by real-time data gathered from sensors, mirror almost every aspect of a product, process, or service. Digital twins are already being used by a number of major corporations to identify problems and improve productivity. The same principles and processes can be applied to one of India’s most important industries, in terms of revenue and jobs - Healthcare.
Personal data protection bill and patient privacy
Healthcare is one of the most trusted systems by the public with their personal data. The advent of digitalisation has brought patients and doctors closer. But as a result, healthcare providers have access to patient records (including health insurance information, financial records, patient test results and biometric information). While the recently floated Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill is a step in this direction, are the hospitals ready for it? How will the Indian healthcare system comply with the provisions of the bill?
This whitepaper curated by the IET’s expert volunteers in India from the Healthcare working group of the IET Future Tech Panel, discusses the data privacy bill’s implications on healthcare and how hospitals across India can improve their readiness to handle data securely.
Tracing and Tracking of 4M's-Man, Material, Machine and Method
In our whitepaper titled “Accelerating Adoption of Industry 4.0 by MSMEs – Use Cases and Viewpoints”, the Manufacturing Working Group of the IET Future Tech panel presented a list of top 6 business key performance indicators (KPIs) and benefits most organisations can achieve by embracing technology solutions.
The whitepaper series produced by the team following on this, attempts to present a list of technology building blocks with an aim to provide MSMEs options of emerging technologies, infrastructure and platform needed that can help realise a multitude of use-cases in a holistic way.
This is the second edition of a multi part whitepaper authored by experts from our Manufacturing working group of the IET Future Tech Panel on Tracing and Tracking of 4M's- Man, Material, Machine and Method. It focuses on and explains:
- Why traceability of 4Ms (Man, Material, Machine and Method) is important and how it can provide direct visibility into the manufacturing process?
- Which are the relevant and cost-effective technologies, combined with application software, to be considered and deployed?
- What are the positive impacts of traceability solutions in manufacturing processes?
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.
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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