Industry leaders gathered at India’s largest industrial automation event ‘Rockwell Automation on the Move‘ 2019 [RAOTM] conference emphasized on the need for a major shift towards Industry 4.0 technologies if India aims to triple its combined factory output in Gross Value Added [GVA] terms to $1 trillion by 2025.

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Noting that the ambitious target needs a concerted effort from across the industry, Rockwell Automation is taking the lead by further expanding its Partner Network in India to allow local manufacturers access to a collaborative network of companies mutually focused on developing, implementing and supporting best-in-class manufacturing solutions across industry verticals.

The announcement was made at Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM 2019 Annual User Group Conference in which industry partners and customers are invited to showcase and discuss latest digital transformation solutions and business opportunities. This year the conference hosted over 25 exhibits and 50 technology sessions.

Dilip Sawhney, Managing Director, Rockwell Automation India said

We want to take the lead in building India’s first industry 4.0 ecosystem of partner companies that will create solutions for The Connected Enterprise that can analyze machine conditions in advance to avoid breakdowns and enhance productivity but also improve on quality and compliance parameters.

Rockwell Automation has in the past partnered with L&T, Cisco, Microsoft, Endress+Hauser, and Wipro Infrastructure Engineering to develop smart manufacturing solutions in India.

John Watts, Regional Marketing Director, Asia Pacific at Rockwell Automation added

Globally, digital-induced disruption is inevitable. To maintain and improve global competitiveness, Indian manufacturers need to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0. While India has a lot of catching up to do in this respect, it can accelerate digital transformation by leveraging its strengths in the IT services sector and tapping the entrepreneurial spirit seen in the start-up sector.

Throughout the event, Rockwell Automation and its partner companies showcased new products and solutions support:

  • The Connected EnterpriseNew analytics and digital solutions that can help transform data into understandable information, empowering users to confidently make more informed decisions – from the plant floor to the enterprise.
  • Data Analytics and Augmented Reality – How Rockwell Automation is expanding its portfolio and tapping into its partnership with PTC to help customers increase productivity and plant efficiency, reduce operational risk and provide better system interoperability.
  • InnovationCustomers will get an early look at how new technologies will change manufacturing and production, including artificial intelligence, augmented reality, wearables and other disruptive technologies.

Microsoft India showcased progress on its vision to democratize AI in the country to fuel economic and social growth. As part of its mission to empower every organization and individual, Microsoft is working with stakeholders across public and private sectors, civil society and academia in the country to create the right conditions for human-centered AI.

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Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said

The next wave of innovation for India is being driven by the tech intensity of companies – how you combine rapid adoption of cutting edge tech with your company’s own distinctive tech and business capabilities. We believe AI will enable Indian businesses and more for India’s progress, especially in education, skilling, healthcare and agriculture. Microsoft also believes that it is imperative to build higher awareness and capabilities on security, privacy, trust and accountability. The power of AI is just beginning to be realized and can be a game-changer for India.

The four pillars of Microsoft’s AI strategy include

Enabling Digital Transformation

Microsoft is committed to use its Cloud and AI technologies to create breakthrough innovations and accelerate the digital transformation of the nation, focusing on core industries that are critical to economic growth.

  • Over 700 business and government organizations have adopted its Artificial Intelligence [AI] solutions to drive breakthroughs in their digital transformation. Over 60% of these AI customers come from large businesses in manufacturing, financial services. In addition, Microsoft is working with new-age organizations that are leapfrogging and disrupting industries.
  • 715 partners are working with Microsoft in India to help customers design and implement a comprehensive AI strategy, aimed to boost employee productivity, increase business agility, improve customer engagement and jumpstart new product innovation.

Building coalitions for responsible innovation

Microsoft works with government, industry, academic and civil society stakeholders to create a collective approach to AI and build solutions that meets the needs and expectations of citizens.  Microsoft India is partnering with NITI Aayog to combine the cloud, AI, research and its vertical expertise for new initiatives and solutions across several core areas including agriculture and healthcare and the environment. We are also an active participant along with CII in looking at building solution frameworks for application in AI across areas such as Education, skills, health and agriculture.

Bridging the skills gap and enhancing employability

Microsoft believes development of talent pipelines vital for economic growth and is working to empower individuals across all demographics with the skills needed to succeed in an AI enabled world. In India, Microsoft aims to skill over 10,000 developers; set up AI labs in 10 universities; and train 500,000 youth across the country over the next three years. Microsoft also recently announced the Intelligent Cloud Hub Program to equip research and higher education institutions with AI infrastructure, build curriculum and help both faculty and students to build their skills and expertise in cloud computing, data sciences, AI and IoT.

Creating sustained social impact

Microsoft is enabling public and private organizations to apply Microsoft AI technologies to address pressing societal challenges. This includes healthcare, education, agriculture, local language computing environmental sustainability, accessibility opportunities, and supporting humanitarian action. 2018 saw Microsoft roll out several new projects across healthcare, including a partnership with Apollo Hospitals to use AI for early detection of cardiac diseases.  SRL Diagnostics is applying Microsoft AI for more accurate diagnosis in digital pathology and early detection of diseases such as cancer.

Microsoft customers and partners driving AI innovation for transformation in India

Engaging customers with AI

Future Generali India Life Insurance – Future Generali has built a AI based chatbot, REVA, for its life insurance business on the company’s website.  REVA addresses two business requirements viz., customer service and new customer acquisition and onboarding. Through a one-click service, existing customers can get policy status, premium due date, renewal payments, request for a soft copy of unit statement, premium paid certificate, fund charges among others. On the other hand, REVA also enables anytime, anywhere access to customers, enabling new customer on-boarding through a guided sales process that recommends the right products and also generates quotes.

REVA enables zero human intervention for certain products including Cancer Protect Plan and Heart & Health Insurance Plan. Moreover, it facilitates faster policy issuance and real-time resolution of policy queries. REVA has helped improve customer satisfaction scores by 91%, promoter customers by 70% and renewal premiums by 50%.

Empowering employees

UST Global – UST Global has been using an automated BOT framework to empower its employees to gain access to the information they require, without having to make countless calls and be able to make transactions from one single interface. This framework is available for all UST employees across web, mobile and Facebook at Work. So far, it has completed 6 million transactions and services 10,000 unique users every week. The company has also seen a 30% reduction in support ticket count.

Transforming products

Spetkacom Power Bat – The Power Bat, introduced in partnership with Anil Kumble’s technology start-up Spektacom Technologies and Star India, provides cricket players and coaches a new way to engage with the sport and help improve their game. A lightweight Azure Sphere-powered sticker is stuck on the shoulder of the bat. During a live match, as soon as the batsman hits the ball, data on different parameters [speed on impact, twist on impact and quality of the shot etc.] are captured in a new unit of measurement titled Power Speks.

Microsoft’s Azure Sphere ensures that the data is securely captured and processed. Using advanced analytics and AI services on Azure, real-time insights are captured through the stump box and displayed via the broadcaster. During practice or coaching, the same data can be viewed through a mobile app to help players and coaches learn from the shots and enhance their game.

Optimizing operations

TalviewTalview’s automated video interviewing solution helps customers hire from the untapped talent pool from multiple cities across the country. It has saved a customer upwards of 9000 hours of time for a customer in identifying, sourcing and screening talent. The solution is built on Azure Cognitive services to identify behavioral insights for hiring the right candidates. It can be accessed by candidates from any smartphone device and is fully functional even on low speed Internet.

Aeris, a technology leader in the Internet of Things [IoT], announced it is working with the Roambee Corporation, an IoT supply chain and enterprise asset visibility company, to help enterprises improve their monitoring of shipments and assets through IoT-based technologies offered by both companies.

Roambee provides IoT-based real-time global condition monitoring and visibility services for in-transit goods and in-field assets. Roambee’s unique end-to-end solution simplifies global shipment visibility across the supply chain, including the entire cold chain process for enterprises. The company provides patented hardware and software technology, combined with an array of senor data, analytics, predictive reporting and open application programming interfaces [APIs] to increase Return On Investment [ROI], improve supply chain operations, and reduce inventory loss.

Aeris offers end-to-end IoT and machine-to-machine [M2M] solutions through its comprehensive Aeris Mobility Platform [AMP] and Aeris Connectivity Platform [ACP]. Collectively, these platforms enable enterprises and original equipment manufacturers to embark on a digital transformation journey to enhance revenue, create new services and form new business models.

ACP provides Roambee with the ability to manage its global data connectivity, which in turn is being used by Roambee for its shipping, inventory, pallet, asset and fleet monitoring services. This helps Roambee advance its service delivery while improving supply chain predictability and throughput for enterprises.

The Aeris Connectivity Platform provides a ‘smarter’ cold chain because real-time monitoring devices provide managers with live data and situational alerts, thereby mitigating risks along the cold chain before they arise, while providing actionable insights for future business improvements.

Christina Richards, Vice President of Global Marketing, Aeris, said

Aeris is an Internet of Things industry leader. Through our work with Roambee, we enable them to easily manage a host of cold chain monitoring data analytics and connectivity capabilities for global enterprises. The Aeris Connectivity Platform is built for IoT and has been globally tested at scale. For more than a decade, we have unlocked IoT value for enterprises and look forward to helping Roambee be the preeminent provider of cold chain monitoring solutions.

Vidya Subramanian, Vice President of Products, Roambee, said

By utilizing Aeris Connectivity Platform’s data management and location capabilities, Roambee better manages our own quality of global service for enterprises at scale. This is an integral part of Roambee’s portfolio of end-to-end, real-time visibility and monitoring solutions, and we are proud to partner with Aeris in this capacity.

Roambee’s real-time monitoring solutions provide managers with live data and situational alerts, thereby mitigating risks along the cold chain before they arise, while providing actionable insights for future business improvements. By leveraging ACP and its location-based services, Roambee’s services alleviates on-time delivery risks; reduces spoilage and damage risks; lowers theft and financial risk, and improves its overall delivery of service.

Smart Homes are taking the world by storm. It is changing the way people live their lives. This technology is causing rapid change. But, the benefits of this change are good. Here are the reasons why people love smart homes so much.

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A Long Time Ago…

Contrary to popular belief, smart homes have been around for quite some time. The two first smart home concepts were invented between 1966 and 1967. However, ECHO IV and the Kitchen Computer were never sold to the public. The ECHO IV was so impressive that it could perform activities like calculating shopping lists and even switch kitchen appliances on and off.

It’s a far cry from today’s home automation, but the concept has come a long way.

It Will Save Some Time

It is one of the main reasons why people love this technology. Many people have grown accustomed to their new lifestyles with smart homes. They simply can’t go without it. 57% of Americans claim to save about 30 minutes per day. That adds up to a staggering 182,5 hours per year.

That is a little more than a week. Smart homes will be of particular significance to those living life in the fast lane. Time equals money, doesn’t it?

It Helps To Save Money

Now there is no denying it. Some smart home products are pretty expensive compared to it’s ‘non-smart’ compatriots. But, buy your products smartly. Use it effectively. You’ll end saving money. Over the process of time, you might save more than the initial price of the product. 45% of Americans save an average of $98,30 per month. That adds up to $1,179,60 per year.

Take smart thermostats, for instance. These units are controlled remotely through smartphone apps. You are now able to control the temperature of your home as long as you have an internet connection. This helps the average user to save 20% off their yearly warming and cooling costs. Give it a go. You may save a small fortune.

It Does The Hard Yards

Home automation surely needs to save you some effort. Many smart appliances do just that. Smart home products interconnect to form a network of devices. You can cue actions and reactions between your different devices. Your smart coffee machine can be triggered by an alarm. Your cup of “good morning” will be waiting without you having to push a button.

It will even help in the backyard! Smart lawnmowers will cut the grass on your behalf. Set it up. Map out your lawn on its system. Set the cutting schedule frequency. Now let it run its own course while you enjoy the Saturday sports games.

Great Security

Smart security is highly sought after. 62% of Americans claim security as the top benefit derived from smart homes. 3 out of 5 American smart home owners use devices like smart CCTV to monitor their homes. Analysts believe the security market will grow beyond $100 billion dollars in the year 2020.

It’s no wonder that smart locks and alarms are one of the most used smart products. Top notch security will give you the peace of mind you desire. Less stress will do you good.

It Improves Your Health

Smart homes are designed with the customer in mind. Inventors look for all kinds of ways to make your life easier and better. Smart device and appliances have many built-in features that improves your health.

Smart cooking appliances are equipped with new techniques to reduce your oil intake. Smart refrigerator water dispensers have filters. Cleaner water leads to better immune systems. Download healthy recipes from the internet onto your smart fridge. Then have it read the recipes back to you as you cook. Lack of inspiration will never curb your diet again.

Give It A Try!

What’s not to love about it? These devices are waiting on store shelves for you to pick them. Its sole purpose is to make your life better. Some of the products may be expensive. But, be wise. Utilize the cost-saving measures. A couple hundred dollars of savings can go far. And you certainly won’t regret a healthier immune system.

Home automation is no longer the stuff of science fiction; it has become real with the concept of Smart Home. It is equipped with latest features and technologies: a smart home is being touted as the biggest innovation in the real estate sector today. It is more comfortable, highly secured and part of a lifestyle, therefore, they are more in demand.

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As per Colliers International India, the concept is still evolving in India, although at its core, is the ability to manage a system of networked devices, also known as the Internet of Things [IoT] and servicing powering homes remotely through apps on the smart-phones and computers. The adaptation of a smart home is largely driven by various smart devices for convenience, security, entertainment, efficiency and health.

In India, the concept was earlier limited to luxury segment only, with now spreading its wing to the mid-income segment also. The increment in its demand has mainly increased with a rise in internet penetration and affordability of smart devices.

For most young professionals, smart homes are no longer a concept or differentiated product offering, but essential components of their dwelling specifications. The developers need to understand the consumer preference and incorporate these into their products.

Talking about the Smart homes, Gaurav Mittal, Managing Director, CHD Developers said

Smart homes concept is new to India and it is trending in the Indian real estate market. Smart home technology products aim to incorporate comfort, entertainment, mobility and security, providing consumers with connected solutions all the time. New advanced technology is making people smarter and that too homes, a variety of things can be controlled like lights appliances, security systems from anywhere in the house or as well as any region in the world by phone and internet. Technology shapes the future and it can help to make it compatible with nature.

As per Anarock Property Consultants, in India, these are common in IT-centric areas like Pune’s Kharadi and Navi Mumbai in Mumbai. It comes in various shapes and sizes, and saturation of smart features. Its features are turning into the ‘must-haves’ and are becoming common among all age groups.

Anupam Varshney, Head – Sales & Marketing, Vatika Limited said

Today’s homebuyers look for a home which complements them and simplify their busy lives. With Vatika Smart Homes you would be able to control your gadgets through a voice command or remotely through a mobile app. We have focused on the elements which make a home more convenient.

The concept of Smart Homes is set to revolutionize the real estate sector and we are glad to provide the same to Vatika buyers. Vatika Automated Smart Homes will be available in Vatika India Next and Vatika India Next 2 townships in Gurugram.

Increasing awareness about the need for environmentally sustainable development and living is also another reason for the rise in the increasing demand for smart homes. Thus, a genuine smart home is conceived and developed with a certain tech-enabled focus, ensuring optimal use of the facilities at the project level. It becomes necessary for a developer to use the latest technology without ignoring quality and security.

NASSCOM, the global IT giant, has reported that it expects India to grasp a 20% market share in the Internet of Things [IoT]. This newly emerging sector is expected to be worth $300 billion by 2020.

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According to NASSCOM’s [Industrial Initiative] Vice-President, K. S. Vishwanathan

The Internet of Things is driving the fourth wave of industrial revolution dramatically alerting manufacturing, energy, transportation, medical and other industrial sectors while emerging worldwide.

NASSCOM, or the National Association of Software and Services Companies, is a not-for-profit association dedicated towards creating a conducive business environment for IT enabled companies and services to thrive in. With multiple industry sectors and sub-sectors in its domain, NASSCOM’s Industry Council has been set up to address the specific needs of each sector. As such, it actively engages with the industry, its policy makers as well as all other stakeholders.

Moreover, as part of the associations’ Global Trade initiative, NASSCOM also focuses on expanding its outreach to both developed and emerging markets. It collaborates with such markets on innovation and technology, policy advocacy related to several issues such as taxation and labour mobility, as well as exploring new geographies and markets. By ironing out any operational hurdles that may stand in the way, overall, NASSCOM looks at promoting India as a technology and services hub on a global scale.

Over the last decade, India has seen an exponential growth in the Internet and E-commerce space, with the number of Internet users going past the 450 million mark. This makes the country the second largest Internet-based market after China.

E-Commerce

This spike in Internet penetration in both urban and rural India has also propelled growth in the E-commerce sector. With a growth rate of about 20%, the country’s E-commerce industry is expected to surpass the $100 billion mark by 2020.

Internet of Things [IoT]

Thanks to the Internet boom, new and emerging fields like Internet of Things [IoT] are now flourishing. Simultaneously, they are also resurrecting and revolutionizing several sectors such as manufacturing, industry, transportation, energy, health care and medical – amongst many others. As a result, India’s IoT market is on track to capture 20% of the global market share and surpass the $300 billion mark by 2020.

The Big Picture

The Internet industry is currently undergoing a massive change with more and more avenues for companies to bank upon. However, for the industry to reach its full potential, a lot more needs to be done. Thereby, the country has set up a mobile and Internet council to nurture the imminent growth in this space and contribute to its overall growth and development.

With the Indian share market steadily chugging along, and more and more entities learning how to invest in share market, India’s overall economic growth is expected to rise. And the stellar showing by the Internet and E-commerce sector is only going to propel it further.

Aeris, a technology leader in the Internet of Things [IoT] has collaborated with Malaviya Centre for Incubation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship [MCIIE] and Indian Institute of Technology [BHU], Varanasi to establish a state-of-the-art ‘Internet of Things – Centre of Excellence’ [CoE] on the IIT BHU campus. All entities aim to jointly address the pressing need in India to develop workers’ skills, accelerate innovation and increase entrepreneurship in emerging technologies like IoT.

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The global IoT market is expected to cross $200 billion by 2020, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. India now accounts for 43 percent or USD $1.5 billion of the global $3.5 billion IoT market, according to Zinnov Zones. This is expected to grow to $15 billion, with 5.6 billion devices in India by 2020, according to NASSCOM and Deloitte. This presents a significant opportunity for Indian technologists, startups and service providers to help advance IoT technology adoption.

With IoT converging different technologies, multi-disciplinary skill-sets are the key requirement for filling new job roles. More than 220,000 new engineers will be needed globally every year for the next 10 years to keep up with the IoT technological surge, according to Cisco. More than 500,000 program managers and 4.5 million IoT developers will be needed by 2020, reflecting a 57 percent compound annual growth rate.

The collaboration between Aeris and IIT BHU, one of the top engineering institutes in India, will enable the creation of indigenous and innovative IoT solutions, supporting the ‘Digital India’ mission and ‘Make in India’ initiative. The Aeris® IoT platform will be deployed at the IoT-CoE as part of the MCIIE and will be used by IIT-BHU scholars for projects of academic interest, as well as serving as an incubation platform for startups for the development of connected and integrated smart solutions. Aeris employees from India and USA will provide training and hands-on experiences in IoT technology.

Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar, President, Aeris India, said

With more than two decades of IoT experience globally, Aeris has been a significant IoT solutions provider for more than two years in India. We are committed to helping increase IoT knowledge and skills so that our country, India, develops homegrown IoT solutions for meeting its own unique challenges and adoption of the technology.

The Aeris IoT Centre of Excellence with IIT BHU is a step in that direction. We will work closely with IIT BHU teams to train them on using Aeris’ own proven IoT technology for developing relevant and affordable IoT solutions for different industry verticals. I believe that the campus will become the hub of the best talent for IoT in the coming years.

Professor Pradeep Srivastav, IIT [BHU], Varanasi, said

The relationship between MCIIE and Aeris will allow IIT BHU students and entrepreneurs to work more efficiently in the area of IoT and cloud-based ideas, also enable us to create an ecosystem of low-cost IoT-based technologies, which will help our Purvanchal region.

This initiative will bring significant benefits to the state’s regional and rural farmers, schools, businesses and local government including greater efficiencies and productivity through young entrepreneurs. This partnership is particularly timely for MCIIE in Varanasi and Purvanchal as the cost to create solutions are seen as a major impediment to economic growth of the region.

About Malaviya Centre for Incubation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship [MCIIE], IIT [BHU]

The purpose of the Technology Business Incubator – Malaviya Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship [MCIIE] is to simulate growth of technology based incubating companies to get proper competitive market and multidisciplinary exposure in regards to existing market and fulfillment of this mission, the centre would contribute to Indian GDP and job creation within the Purvanchal region. This facility serves as a focal point for agri-business, manufacturing, renewable energy and solid waste management, information & communication technology, bio-technology, food technology and allied sectors business incubation. For more information, please visit http://mciieiitbhu.org/

Staying true to their commitment to innovate and make life comfortable for their customers, Luminous Power Technologies has launched Luminous Home Mobile application, the first of its kind, Mobile AR Catalogue for Indian Home Electrical Industry. The application uses Augmented Reality to help consumers select the best fan and modular switches designs for their homes without leaving the comfort of their home. Luminous Home is available on Google Play and Apple Store for customers to download.

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The picture overlay is displayed on the smartphone’s or tablet’s screen showing how the new Signature fan/ modular switch would fit in their home with the added benefit of background and colour option on the application. With the help of these options, customers can visualize, which fan or modular switch will go best with their home decor. In addition, the application also helps customers to locate dealers in their area if they wish to make the purchase.

Vipul Sabharwal, Managing Director, Luminous Power Technologies, said

At Luminous, our aim is to always advance with the evolving needs of the Indian buyers.  We have introduced virtual and augmented reality technology to give our customers the flexibility to get a better idea of some of our products by giving them a platform to experience it. We are positive that the launch of this app will lead to increase in brand preference for Luminous and create a strong brand recall among Key Retailers in Electrical trade and the end consumer.

The launch of the new mobile app comes at the heels of Luminous’ new signature range of fans, imbibing the unique personalities of charismatic cities like Jaipur, London, New York & Rio de Janeiro in February. The range is available through 2000 key retailers across India and costs between Rs.3000~Rs.9000.

Consumers can download the app by scanning the QR Code in the image below

About Luminous Power Technologies

Luminous Power Technologies is the leading electrical specialist in India having a vast portfolio comprising of Power back up solutions such as Home UPS, Batteries, Stabilizers and Solar Solutions to Home Electrical offerings such as Fans, LED lighting, Wires & Switches. Luminous has been in business for 30 years now. It has 7 manufacturing units, more than 28 sales offices in India and presence in over 36 countries. Our 6000 employees serve more than 60,000 channel partners and millions of customers.