Atos, an international leader in digital services, and NASSCOM Foundation jointly announced the launch of National Digital Literacy Mission [NDLM] centers dedicated to training and imparting digital literacy at Vadodara, Gujarat. The NDLM centers will conduct skill development programs in the area of Information Technology for the aspiring persons interested to undertake IT literacy programs.

Atos in collaboration with NASSCOM Foundation, will endeavor to leverage the IT training as envisaged under the NDLM Scheme with the objectives of appreciation of Digital Literacy- that aims to make a person IT literate, so that (s)he can operate digital devices, like mobile phones, tablets among other electronic devices and send & receive emails and search the internet for information among other things.

Atos in India will facilitate the training infrastructure and the trainers at these NDLM centers with the help of NASSCOM nominated NGO’s at its respective location centers. These centers together will provide training on all digital devices, specifically, computers and mobile phones.

Once trained, the beneficiaries will be able to send emails, connect on social media, buy from e-Commerce websites, and will even know how to use internet to avail various government services such as registering for AADHAR Cards, Ration Cards, PAN Cards, and other such internet enabled services.

On the occasion, Surendrasinh Gohil, SVP & Head Global Delivery Centers for Infrastructure & Data Management Division said

As a leading international digital services company, we are pleased to announce our association with NASSCOM Foundation in accomplishing the larger goal of Digital Saksharta Abhiyan [DISHA] or also known as NDLM Scheme. The mission is both aspiring and ambitious in its scale to train the non-IT literate citizens to become IT literate. A sound foundation starts with a modest beginning; this is quite an enabling initiative across India. We are confident that this initiative will help a part of the society, that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to access the opportunities offered by the Digital economy in India. We are happy to partner with NASSCOM Foundation and Deepak Foundation in this initiative and look forward to make this community service a success for Vadodara citizens.

Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation said

We believe that digital literacy is one of the most potent tool for the empowerment of the underserved communities in today’s digital and cashless economy. Working in partnership with Atos, NASSCOM Foundation is proud to announce the launch of four new centres across India, taking the total Atos Centre count to eight. Being digitally literate would help the citizens access services as Vadodara leaps forward in its journey towards becoming a smart city.

The National Digital Literacy Mission is a far-sighted, dynamic and integrated platform of digital literacy awareness, education and capacity creation programme that will help rural and the under-served communities to fully participate in the global digital economy. NASSCOM Foundation is the industry partner to the Government of India to accomplish the first phase goal for NDLM or ‘DISHA’ by making 52.5 lakh individuals in India digitally literate in the next four years.

BankBazaar, the Personal Finance marketplace backed by Amazon, has unveiled new features on its Android App to further help users manage their finances. In the new Personal Finance section, a user views a real-time snapshot of their aggregated balance across multiple savings accounts and transaction history of individual bank accounts. Most people use more than one bank account, which makes it difficult to keep track of transactions and balances. BankBazaar.com solves this problem by displaying consolidated information in one single simple interface.

Customers can view a personalized summary of their consolidated bank balance from the Home Screen itself, with the option to view bank-specific balances too.  They can also use the app to quickly and seamlessly update their balance in real time.

In addition, the app also tracks credit card spends, due & minimum due amounts corresponding to the billing cycle. All this is done in a reliable, secure, non-intrusive manner after the user signs in using their Google or Facebook login credentials.

Rati Shetty, CPO and Co-founder, BankBazaar.com said

In our busy day-to-day lives, keeping track of personal finance transactions can take a backseat. When mobile applications help people make every aspect of their lives simpler, why should money matters be any different? We’ve simplified everyday banking transactions and accessibility to the right financial products together in one simple, secure, unobtrusive application.

According to BankBazaar, the app helps reinforce responsible fiscal habits in the user in three ways:

Enhance savings :  The app provides a direct window into a user’s financial health and will help a user get a better handle on over-expenditure and better budgeting.

Schedule payments : The app keeps track of a user’s credit card billing cycle with gentle reminders to pay their bill on time. This will help improve credit score.

Easy credit access : The app delivers the best loan and credit card offers with the added convenience of instant approval, real-time application status tracking and a paperless process.

The new feature update combined with the app’s existing features such as EMI calculators, IFSC search, application tracking etc., gives the user extra fire power with absolute control over cash assets and credit card liabilities in a simple interface. This is yet another firm step in BankBazaar.com’s mission to help users access the right financial products.

BankBazaar app for Android can be downloaded from here

Jigsaw Academy, the Online School of Analytics in association with CityMandi, India’s first Wholesale online B2B e-commerce venture came together and concluded an Analytics contest that was organized recently, the winners of which were awarded cash prizes & recommendation letters.

Participants who were training in analytics by Jigsaw Academy had to showcase their analytics skills on a professional platform. They formed a group of four members to work on and compile the submissions for the contest.

The contest involved CityMandi’s company data that was shared with participants of Jigsaw Academy to work on a real-life project. The final presentation would answer the problem statement by CityMandi while highlight the participants’ analytics skills and insights.

The overall objective of the contest was to demonstrate the use of analytical tools to derive insights from the company data that was made available by CityMandi. The learning objective was to demonstrate use of tools like SAS/R to extract, manipulate, analyse and visualize data.

Submissions for the contest by participants were evaluated on factors like Understanding of the Problem, Approach, Technique, Interpretation/ Insights, Visualization [relevance, ease of comprehension and interpretation by the reader], Presentation and the overall Effort by the participants.

The biggest highlight of the contest is CityMandi’s proposition to interview candidates who have made submissions, for suitable roles in their company.

Speaking on this occasion, Sarita Digumarti, COO & Co-Founder, Jigsaw Academy, The Online School of Analytics said

We were glad to see the enthusiasm shown by our students given the fact that it was an open-ended research study that dealt with corporate data that was not straightforward. We thank and appreciate the time and effort put in by all of them. We hope to bring more of such interesting projects in the year 2017 to hone and strengthen skills in our students and to imbibe data exploration, analysis, and visualization.

Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni, Co-Founder and Director of CityMandi said

We are glad to have associated with Jigsaw Academy and are excited about giving an opportunity to Jigsaw students for working on CityMandi’s business project, and are thrilled to have received submissions from them, we are thrilled about this association and look forward to more. We will be using the winning analytics ideas for optimization of our business operations furthering our cause of sound unit economics, and business expansion.

The top four winners were awarded cash prizes under the CityMandi Online Award program. The winners also received letters of appreciation and recommendation letters that can be a strong differentiator in a job change or higher studies.

About Jigsaw Academy

Jigsaw Academy, the online school of analytics, head-quartered in Bangalore, has trained over 40,000 students across 30+ countries in the most widely used industry-relevant data analytics tools and techniques. Jigsaw Academy’s founders, Gaurav Vohra and Sarita Digumarti, have over 25 years of combined experience in consulting and analytics, across multiple industry verticals in India and the United States. Jigsaw Academy is funded by Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE). For more information, please visit Jigsaw Academy

About CityMandi

CityMandi is India’s first Wholesale online B2B ecommerce venture. It is an attempt to restructure this complicated mesh of supplies from the farm to the point of consumption using technology based standardization, an end to end ERP, mobile based order capture combined with rich analytics, and cost effective wholesale payment solutions to offer an integrated solution for managing the supplies for B2B segment. Primary segment of consumers includes HoReCa (Hotels, Restaurants and Caterers). The key idea of CityMandi is to use technology and analytics to standardize the currently highly organized supply chain of HoReCa segment in India. For more information, please visit CityMandi

National Instruments, the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, has mentored Anuj Verma and Shlok Jhawar [Age: 14 years respectively], students of Delhi Public School, Bengaluru in successfully creating a 4-wheeled, all-terrain, multi-purpose robot named, Recon Rover.

In their quest to do something for the society, these budding engineers aspired and built a Disaster Recovery and Surveillance Robot, Recon Rover, that can be used for surveillance during disasters and natural calamities. This robot incorporates data from various actuators and sensors in order to give the users the best control and accurate data from areas struck by natural calamities.

The robot uses ultrasonic sensors to automatically avoid obstacles and prevent crash along with sensing the presence of humans stuck in disaster zones. It sends real time images and data from the disaster site while being controlled remotely.

Anuj and Shlok are class VIII students of Delhi Public School, Bengaluru. They want to pursue robotics and electronics engineering later in their careers. They had earlier participated in NIYantra, NI’s annual Student Design contest, with a simple prototype of their product. They were successful in getting noticed by NI experts and since then have been closely working with the team in shaping up their final product using NI LabVIEW [system design software] and NI myRIO [embedded hardware device for students]. National Instruments provides hardware and software platform that not only helps professional scientists and engineers to solve complex applications, but also these budding engineers to envisage and build systems having great social impact.

Commenting on the success of these students, Aditi Chauhan, Marketing Manager-India, National Instruments, said

National Instruments has equipped scientists and engineers, with tools that accelerate the development of smart measurement systems and embedded control systems. This mission of ours extends into education, to serve budding scientists and engineers with access to the same advanced tools and technologies. These technologies help students to quickly realize and validate, solutions to real-world problems. We are particularly proud of Anuj and Shlok who at such a young age have envisioned a product which can make disaster recovery faster without putting anyone at risk. Over the years, we have partnered with various schools and colleges and helped many aspiring engineers solve pertinent engineering challenges. In the same way, we will continue our engagement with these two promising students and help them with their future endeavors.

Anuj Verma said

Even with advanced technology into play, rescue operations are often slow resulting in mass panic. The biggest challenge which rescue teams face is that of accessibility. When disaster strikes a place which is remote and hard to access, getting any information can be challenging. To address this issue, we created the Recon Rover, with a highly-advanced user interface which can be controlled very easily. NI provided us access to various NI tools required to make this product flexible and scalable. With NI’s help, we were able to solve various challenges which we faced in the product development stage.

Shlok Jhawar added

Today, rescue teams go into disaster zones without knowing what lies ahead. This also puts their lives at risk. Recon Rover created using NI’s LabVIEW platform, can not only solve this problem but can also reduce cost of manpower. NI LabVIEW, being a powerful and user friendly platform, has helped us turn our thoughts into a successful application. It is also better than other platforms as it can be easily interfaced with several different hardware platforms, not restricting it to only NI platforms. We were happy to get constant support from NI’s team who have helped us in our product development process.

As a part of its Academic program, NI organizes an annual student design competition, NIYANTRA, where it mentors hundreds of students, equips them with NI hardware, software and guidance that is required for their projects. Some of these students are really motivated to take their idea to prototype. NI further makes this possible through its various initiatives aimed at enabling SMEs and future entrepreneurs with technology access, startup assistance and ecosystem support. Also, NI, with a rich ecosystem of industry, academia, partners and consultants, encourages a continuous collaboration between these stakeholders that fosters business opportunities for all of them.

Aeris, a pioneer and leader in the Internet of Things [IoT] market has formed a partnership with MapmyIndia, India’s leader in premium-quality digital maps, GPS navigation, tracking, location-based apps and GIS solutions, to jointly address the market by offering geo-spatial intelligence based IoT solutions in India.

With this breakthrough alliance, both companies said they have decided to pursue opportunities jointly by developing solutions and offering services leveraging their respective areas of core competence.

The landmark agreement will redefine the contours of the overall IoT solutions market while addressing business challenges such as ubiquitous tracking through connectivity leading to truly IoT-led businesses change. The global IoT market is expected to cross $200 billion by 2020. The IoT market in India stood at USD 5.6 billion with 200 million connected devices in 2016. This is expected to grow to USD 15 billion with 2.7 billion devices by 2020 presenting a significant opportunity for technology and service providers.

Grounded on the mutual strengths of both the companies, the combination will create solutions that will transform specific aspects of how businesses and employees work using IoT, allowing companies to achieve newer levels of efficiency, effectiveness & customer satisfaction.

Rakesh Verma, MD, MapmyIndia said

The world is moving from automatic to autonomous operations. The era of IoT is here and MapmyIndia, as always, is taking the lead. The partnership with Aeris, a pioneer in the IoT space, will go a long way in making the Indian businesses globally competitive. I am confident that the combination of MapmyIndia’s best-in-class mapping & GIS solutions and the pioneering IoT prowess and global experience of Aeris will be a big boon for not just the Indian businesses and enterprises but will benefit the whole country. This will act as a catalyst towards realizing the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India.

Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar, President, Aeris Communications said

This agreement marks a major milestone for both companies. “We are witnessing the evolution of the IoT ecosystem globally with businesses recognizing the need to invest in technologies and solutions based on IoT. Our tie-up with MapmyIndia is primed towards helping businesses leverage the potential of IoT to realize business benefits that are multi-dimensional, innovation driven and transformative. I am confident that this will change the way verticals operate and companies perform.

About MapmyIndia

MapmyIndia’s mission is to make the world better through maps and location technologies. Founded in 1992, the company is India’s leader in premium quality digital map data and APIs, GPS navigation, tracking, location apps, and GIS solutions. MapmyIndia is an ISO 9001-2012 company with 750+ people that pioneered digital mapping in India. Using the state-of-the-art panoramic mapping technology that captures, analyses and publishes the world in 3D and 360-degree photo-realistic clarity, the company has built its proprietary, Industry grade MapmyIndia Maps. It has fully monetized maps offerings through consumer apps, navigation devices, licensing, map APIs, tracking and analytics. Some of the leading companies like Flipkart, Ola Cabs, Toyota and Mahindra & Mahindra are using MapmyIndia maps. For more information, please visit MapmyIndia