Category — Innovation(RnD)

NetApp Inaugurates a Global Center of Excellence in India

Sunnyvale, California-based storage and data management company NetApp opened a Global Center of Excellence in Bangalore. The 12,000-square-foot data center and engineering laboratory on a 15-acre campus incorporates one   million square feet of work space. The new facility incorporates the company’s first startup accelerator program called “Escape Velocity” that will foster technology startups and expand the Data Fabric ecosystem.

NetApp CEO George Kurian said, “Our continued investment in India, with its highly skilled talent, collaborative government, and global business partners, strengthens our ability to succeed in the new era of hybrid cloud.”

NetApp Innovation Center

Deepak Visweswaraiah, managing director of NetApp India and head of NetApp’s worldwide Data Fabric and Manageability Group, stated, “As we evolve our Data Fabric approach, the Escape Velocity program will help to share our technology expertise and business acumen with innovative startups, which will add to the robust cloud data management ecosystem our customers need.”

 

March 18, 2017   No Comments

WIPO Head: India Will Be Major Hub of Innovation

In an interview with the Economic Times, World Intellectual Property Organization director general Francis Gurry discussed issues of Intellectual Property and Innovation with respect to India.

Francis Gurry

Francis Gurry

Snippets of Gurry’s opinions during the conversation:

There has been a shift in innovation in the last 20 years, from a total domination by North America and Europe, to Asia (in terms of magnitude) in countries including Japan, China, Korea, India and others.

India is a leader in demand-driven and frugal innovation — taking innovation elsewhere and adapting it to local conditions, so you are able to address a problem at a lower cost.

India is compliant with its international obligations. It has not been involved in any dispute resolution process for an intellectual property. The challenge for India is the vastness of the country and the unevenness that exists. It is typical of any big country.

India is going to be a major hub of innovation and IP. You have the human resources, the educational system, high number of scientists and engineers and a vibrant rate of economic growth, which is producing new areas of opportunity.

It is exciting working with the authorities on the state index for innovation in India. It is a friendly competition between the states in the field of innovation. The moment you leave India’s borders the competition is enormous.

Not the least area of concern is the displacement of employment by robotics, artificial intelligence. That means we have to address this starting with the education system. You cannot stop innovation.

Employment is an integral part of human dignity. The massive elimination of work possibilities will be catastrophic, but I do not think that is happening. A more worrying phenomenon is the heavy concentration of wealth that occurs quite rapidly as a consequence of innovation in certain areas.

March 8, 2017   No Comments

Merck Announces Research Collaboration with India’s Steer Engineering

German life science and technology firm Merck announced a partnership for collaborative research on processing special effect pigments with Bangalore-based STEER Engineering, a company that has 60 global patents for its innovations.
STEER will contribute process know-how, the technology platform, and its expertise in materials transformation, while Merck brings to the table its understanding of pigments and their behaviors and core research work in plastics to create a c0-rotating twin screw extruder technology to process special effect pigments that are used to add glitter in cosmetics, the fashion industry, apparels and paints.

Color Master Batch

Both companies will validate the tests before launching the tech platform, according to Babu Padmanabhan, STEER managing director & Chief Knowledge Officer, says the Economic Times.

March 1, 2017   No Comments

Tata Motors Launches Fuel Cell Powered Bus

Headquartered in Mumbai, India’s largest automobile maker, Tata Motors, showcased its most recent vehicle: the hydrogen powered “Starbus”, a zero-emission mass transport solution, for inter-city commutes.

Fuel Cell Bus by Tata Motors

This bus, developed in partnership with India’s Space Research Organization, works by combining hydrogen and oxygen in a fuel cell. The fuel cell produces electricity to power the electric motor; water and heat are byproducts. This is the first time an Indian manufacturer has ventured in this direction, reports carandbike, a unit of NDTV.

Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director – Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors said, “We have consistently been developing and manufacturing products that can contribute to CO2 reductions across all road transport segments and with early investments in new technologies, we are geared up to further strengthen our market leadership.”

 

February 10, 2017   No Comments

Qualcomm Expands its Design Initiatives in India

After successfully completing the first edition of the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge, the company announced an investment of $8.5 million for its second edition, where the challenge will focus on rural technology, biometric devices, payment terminals, agriculture technology, medical technology, and smart infrastructure.

“Qualcomm Design in India Challenge is one of the most successful initiatives by Qualcomm to nurture some of the talented startups in India. After seeing the overpowering response during the 2016 edition, we decided to go ahead with a second year, as well as expanding the number of participants Qualcomm nurtures through this program from 10 to 16 participants in 2017,” announced Qualcomm Technologies‘ senior vice president and president of Asia Pacific and India Jim Cathey in his statement.

Innovation

The company plans to support mobile and IoT vendors in India by providing advanced cameras, audio, and RF designs at its new Innovation Lab to be set up in the southern city of Hyderabad, as well as at its current Innovation Lab in Bangalore which will be expanded to support the initiative, reports the Economic Times.

February 8, 2017   No Comments