On 9th October, 2015 at Chennai, has been timed to align with the much-awaited exponential growth of the field and its impact on the public at large. The field is set to benefit from the convergence of other technological developments such as cloud Computing, Big-Data, 5G, Robotics and semantic technologies.
The combinations of these technologies hold promises in multiple sectors including health care, smart city management, agriculture and tourism. Its reach is to extend to application areas such as smart vehicles, assisted living and energy conservation. There are a lot of issues to be looked into such as safety and security, privacy, environmental and other safeguards.
Anything part of a network can be made to benefit from IOT technology – this has been the recurring viewpoint emerging out of the conclave organized by VIT University, Chennai on 9th October 2015. Participants from a spectrum of firms including Accenture, Aricent, Co-labs, Banca Sella, Infoseption and Oracle attended the conclave. Inaugurating the one-day conclave, Mr. Ramachandran, I.A.S., Secretary to Government of Tamilnadu, Information Technology, stated that Tamilnadu is getting ready for connecting 12,000 villages through technology. The IT secretary also pointed out that our collective power to crunch data is abundantly higher now. Access to data has improved phenomenally, thus slashing layers of hierarchy. He said that the state Government is responding to IPV 6 and that equipment procurement is now made in line with IPV6. With the thrust on using local language in IT, we have been increasingly using Tamil fonts. He also pointed out that distribution of Amma Kaipesi is now on and that the Chief Minister of TamilNadu has inaugurated Cloud Facility as well. All these put together has led to a need wherein six million people are to be skilled in digital technology in the state.
At the policy level, there were several challenging issues such as whom to tax in a cyber based transaction or how to ascribe crime if it happens in a cyber platform. He recalled an incident in which a robot pulled a man and pushed him to a processing machine and a potential case of a digitally altered treatment procedure that could harm a diabetic patient.
Mr. Sivakumar, Chairperson of ICT Academy, a not-for-profit initiative benefitting over two lakh students, indicated that Indians have, in the past, demonstrated tremendous adaptability when it comes to new technologies, despite low levels of education. Surmising that by 2020 a lot of disruptions in technology can be expected, there is abundant scope for optimism.
Mr. Purushotham, Nasscom traced the origins of IOT when Mckinsey defined the phrase. Current year’s report published by NASCOM has documented opportunities for growth of IOT in automobile manufacturing sector in Chennai and in electronics field in Bangaluru. Particularly noticeable according to Mr. Purushotham was the involvement of over 1500 startups in adding value to the use of IOT.
Mr. Anurag Batra, found “Creative Destruction” would be the order of the day in IOT, by which an existing technology would be wiped out by an emerging and superior technology. He shared case studies of successful companies that have leveraged IO
T. He mentioned details of Theranos and i-yogi. Mentioning about a video titled “ Network is on fire”, he stated that there is a need for lot of preparation for us in our Indian cities before IOT could be used to enhance smart cities. The current trend according to Mr. Batra, was that non-IT behemoths are entering into the deployment of IOT in a big way, and one can expect quite many game changers in the field. He added a note of caution stating that strategy needs to lead execution.
Mr.Kundan Prakash, Consulting Practice Leader - Shared Services, Microsoft
Mr. Lux Rao Country Leader - Future Cities / CTO - Technology Services, HP
Mr. Sayantan Roy, Director - Solutions, GE
Ms. Nithya Rajagopalan Lead - IoT Continuous Engineering, IBM
Mr. Murali Meenakshi Sundaram Consultant - Global Technological Office, CTS Expertise include Big Data , IPaaS, BYOX
Mr . Jayaraman Krishnamurthy Director - SAP
Dr. J.S. Rajkumar Chairman, Lifeline Hospitals, First in India to live stream a surgery wearing Google Glass, described how big data analytics helped tracking that cancer cases were unusually high from pockets around the river Ganga to which fertilizer factories were letting out effluents. He also said how cheap genome technology helps to make medical treatment customized by mapping gene make-up with the best possible treatment. Dr. Rajkumar reiterated the vision of luminaries in the field, of making every healthcare consumer the Chief Executive Officer of his or her own health.
Mr. Thanga Jawahar Kalidoss Global Head - Engineering & Industrial Services Functional Unit, TCS
Mr. Damodar Sahu Director - Aftermarket Service Transformation / IoT Solutions (Mfg. & Hi-Tech Inds.), WIPRO
Mr. Bhuvan Anandakrishnan Engineering Manager, Caterpillar
Mr. Ravi Kishore General Manager (R&D), HCL
Dr. Kumar Padmanabh Lead Scientist / Researcher on IoT , Bosch
Mr. Sushil Kumar Dy. Director General ( Services & development ) , TEC , DoT , Govt . of India
Mr. Santosh Singh Business Development Manager – Smart and Safe cities, Cisco
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