Category — Innovation(RnD)

Australia Readies Uranium Supply for India

At a joint news conference in New Delhi with visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turnbull said Australia was looking forward to the first export of Australian uranium to India as soon as possible. “We have worked closely with India to meet our respective requirements for the provision of fuel for India’s civil nuclear program,” he said. “Now we are working with India to secure timely conclusion of a quality Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which would provide a significant boost to regional confidence,” he added.

Indian Prime Minister Modi said that cooperation between the two countries in the energy sector, including renewable energy, was on the upswing.

Turnbull and Modi at Akshardham Temple

The two leaders inaugurated a research center on nano and bio technology. At the event, Modi said that the Australia-India Research Fund of nearly $100 million “has focused on collaborative research projects in the areas such as nano-technology, smart cities, infrastructure, agriculture and disease control.”

April 20, 2017   No Comments

MIT Grads Provide Biodegradable Sanitary Pads to Rural India

A startup, Saathi (meaning ‘companion’ in Hindi), founded by three graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a graduate from Nirma University in India, is hoping to improve access and waste disposal of sanitary pads for women in rural India.

275,000,000 women in India cannot access pads because they are too expensive (also scarcely available, and difficult to discard). “Only 16 percent of women have access to sanitary pads in India,” Kristin Kagetsu, co-founder and CEO of the company told NBC News during an interview at the company’s production facility, located outside Ahmedabad, in India’s western state of Gujarat.

The sanitary napkins are eco-friendly: they are made from locally-sourced banana fiber, which is highly absorbent and biodegradable; it doesn’t have to be burned when disposed, thus helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Banana Fibers

Fibers from the banana tree

Saathi is one of the finalists in the Health and Wearable Technologies category at SXSW, Austin, Texas. It is looking  funding this project, and according to its website, $12,737 have been raised toward a target of $20,000.

April 19, 2017   No Comments

Cisco Makes India Their Global Export Hub

Hoping to make India a global export hub, San Jose, CA-based Cisco is working with its global component-making partners to help facilitate this plan. “We are working with the global ecosystem providers to set up shop in India and as they start moving in, costs will be less as we will not have to import the same components that are needed to manufacture the product,” Dinesh Malkani, president of Cisco (India and Saarc) told the Times of India.

Cisco

Cisco, which files two patents per week in India, has set up six innovation centers in the cities of Bangalore and Jaipur and in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat to co-innovate with customers, startups, and partners to build new solutions and products.

 

 

 

 

 

India is one of Cisco’s best performing countries globally over the past four to five quarters. the company launched its first Made-in India product last month, a router, one of the most popular products in its portfolio globally.

 

 

April 19, 2017   No Comments

Ericsson and IIT Delhi to Roll Out ‘5G for India Program’

Swedish firm Ericsson and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly roll out a ‘5G for India’ program. Ericsson has agreed to set up a Center of Excellence with a 5G test bed and incubation center at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi and use this facility to drive the development of India’s 4.5G and 5G ecosystems.

“The program will focus on delivering research, innovation and industrial pilots that use next-generation 5G networks as an enabler. It will help initiate cross-industry research collaborations focused on the integration of ICT in industry processes, products and services,” Paolo Colella, Head of Region India at Ericsson, said.

Ericsson and IIT-D to Collaborate on 5G

The first series of tests will begin in the second half of 2017 in India, while globally limited deployment and 5G trials are expected to start by mid-2018 and commercial availability is likely in 2020.

Business Insider reports that in addition to hosting the Center of Excellence, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, will conduct research and development to explore how some of the country’s challenges can be addressed with mobile technologies and how smart cities can be developed.

 

April 2, 2017   No Comments

India’s Companies Focus on Developing Technology Devices

Harvard University and India’s Mumbai-based Tata Group are collaborating on a wearable device powered by soft robotics. The device will be akin to a suit or exoskeleton adding more strength to elbow joints and allowing a worker to lift something instead of using a machine for the purpose.

The Group’s CTO Dr. Gopichand Katragadda, said, “The wearable device fits in with our overall concept of the connected worker. We are using sensor technology for safety and other aspects of the job he is performing and hope to be leaders in this space.” The device would alert the wearer if the carbon dioxide or monoxide levels in the room reached a level unsafe for humans.

Pune-based KPIT Technologies has introduced an augmented reality-based glass that can help trainees learn the nuances of certain processes needing specific hand gestures like molding.
Augmented Reality
India’s IT companies creating applications for emerging technology such as drones, augmented and virtual reality and sensor tracking which are used by both the manufacturing and industrial sectors. At certain industrial ports and factories, drones and chip-based IDs are already being used to ensure that no person is accidentally left behind, reports the Economic Times.
L&T Infotech has an AR glass solution that allows field engineers to inspect and identify areas safe for construction. Since this happens in real-time and allows for quick decision-making, it has led to an increase in operational efficiency and worker productivity, said the company.

March 30, 2017   No Comments