Five startups including Uncanny Vision, Wireless Controls, LightMetrics, ThingsCloud and SAAR Microsystems have been chosen to gain an advantage through the use of this centre.
“Internet of Things”, an emerging technology has reached at high level of maturity and made many things simple through well developed communication networks. It has huge opportunities to explore and revolutionize the various sectors. So as a part of “Digital India” program the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has opened India’s first Internet of Things (IoT) centre in Bangalore.
NASSCOM has launched this centre of excellence as a joint venture with The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and Education and Research Network (ERNET), an independent scientific society under the administrative control of Dept. of Information Technology. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minster for Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology, inaugurated this centre with the announcement of the selected startups that has chosen for under this program. He also described the features of this program and wished these 5 selected startups good luck for success. He said, “The growth of IT in the world has followed certain conventional patterns. I will be the happiest if your extraordinary potential propels products that truly become products and used across the world.” Education, healthcare and agriculture areas will remain on priority to give maximum benefits to startups and people of India through this programme.
This is an ambitious programme of the Indian government managed by NASSCOM under a public-private partnership (PPP) with different bodies. The government will do all funding to develop an ecosystem to help the budding entrepreneurs and startups mostly focused on building solutions for the segments like energy, water, agriculture, crime, safety, health, automobile, telecom etc. The IoT centre is a pan India initiative developed to support startups and entrepreneurs. It allows startups to build trial products and test them with the support of mentors and industry leaders.
Key Objectives – How IoT Centre Will Help Startups
Through this centre the selected startups can leverage modern internet technologies benefits all along the access of industry researches and new updates. Basically this centre will act as innovation accelerator that will offer all support system that a business idea requires to flourish in the market. On the launch R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, added, “The centre will also function as an enabler of funding, accelerating, mentoring and enterprise for the key emerging IoT startups selected for incubation, after a rigorous process.” The IoT centre will also work as an innovative skill development platform to encourage a temper of innovations and R&D across the areas which aims to promote Smart Health, Smart City, Smart Agriculture, etc. the key objectives also include;
- To build a strong startup ecosystem for Internet of Things
- To boost research and development mind-set
- Reduce R&D cost
- Provide cost-effective multi-technology laced lab facilities to the startups and entrepreneurs.
- To reduce import dependency on IoT components
- Promote indigenization
- Engineered products for local conditions and make India as a leader in the delivery of end-to-end solution in Engineering space
- Boost research acumen to provide friendly environment for innovative products development, testing and analysis.
- Make India’s leadership position better in the emerging areas by providing indigenous solutions
- Create industry capable Talent, Start-up and Ecosystem
- Nurture entrepreneurs and build competency
- Last but not least, positioning India on global IoT Map
Meet up the Selected Startups
The IoT companies selected from over 250 entries from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
- Uncanny Vision, Bangalore
UncannyVision, a Bangalore based startup is rising fast with the development of optimized computer vision solutions for the entrenched market. It is in the same field for a few decades, and now extended its reach in many emerging real-world applications. Its two main products UncannyCV and UncannyDL are available on different platforms with specialties in ARM Neon Instruction set, Computer Vision, Digital Signal Processors, FPGA, Android, iOS and many more.
- LightMetrics, Bangalore
LightMetrics helps businesses in monitoring operations to improve efficiency, safety and compliance. It uses computer vision to collect and analyze data on smartphone which is mounted on the dash.
- ThingsCloud, Bangalore
The Things Cloud offers turnkey energy analysis and visualization services. It is focused on Cloud-Connected Grid-Tie Inverter, Device and Customer Profiling, Cloud-Connected Smart Switch and Interactive Mobile and Web App technologies to provide healthy web and mobile experience.
- SAAR Microsystems, Gurgaon
SAAR microSystems was established in October 2013 with a vision to deliver good quality electronic systems designs after a rigorous research in house. It also offers services to deploy electronic designs at buyers’ premises.
- Wireless Controls, Bangalore –
Wireless Controls provides unique application-focused engineering wireless controls and automation tools for a wide variety of industrial and non industrial applications.
The program will be initiated with the full support of Karnataka government. In the first phase, a setup has been developed that has a capacity to accommodate 40 startups at a time. The program is unique in itself as its all feature will be available on smart phones in local languages. Besides, the established companies including Accenture, Cyient, Cisco Systems, Intel, EMC, HCL Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services, L&T Technology Services, IBM, Microsoft and many other are also supporting the centre. The Centre has fixed a target of 500 million internet connections by 2017, Prasad concluded. Going forward, a cluster of same centres will be developed across the country with utmost facilities and care.