INNOPAT 2nd edition- A social initiative jointly organised by IESA and IPexcel with MeitY, Dept. of IT, BT & ST, Government of Karnataka & IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association, Bangalore

First of its kind initiative to promote, protect and commercialize Innovative proprietary (Patented) Technologies in India 

Bangalore July 18, 2017– India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry and IPexcel, a technology research and consulting firm founded by IIT Kharagpur alumni hosted ‘INNOPAT’– a first of its kind Social Initiative to promote & showcase Innovative Proprietary (Patented) Technologies in India. The conference was supported by Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), Government of India and Dept. of IT, BT & ST, Government of Karnataka and IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association, Bangalore. 

In its second edition, the focus was on addressing the practical issues in patents experienced by innovators and address specific challenges. INNOPAT, the day-long conference had interesting sessions such as Do-It-Yourself patent filing workshop, outlook of investors on patent driven start-ups, most innovative idea contest, case studies of successful start-ups, IP strategy for growing businesses and a live consultation desk to evaluate the patentability of ideas.

The keynote address was presented by Mr. Wilhelm Weise, Head of Development Centre, ABB India. Other prominent speakers included Dr. A.K Garg, Director (HOD International Cooperation & Bilateral Trade, IPR) MeitY, Government of India, Mr. Arnob Roy, President, Optical Products, Tejas Networks, Mr. Vishwaprasad Alva, MD, Skanray, Mr. Anand  Madanagopal, Founder, Cardiac Design Labs, Mr. Advith Dhuddu, Founder, Alivenow and Dr. Partha P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur who addressed the audience. The event also saw participation from various angel networks and venture capital firms such as Kalaari Capital, Bharat Innovation Fund, Lead Angels, Qualcomm Ventures, StartupXSeed and KITVEN Funds as well as corporates such as IBM, General Electric, Samsung and Philips.

Speaking about INNOPAT, Dr. A.K Garg, Director (HOD International Cooperation & Bilateral Trade, IPR) said, “With a focus to promote value added growth, various initiatives to develop new and innovate in indigenous technologies in India which can compete at the global platform, have been implemented. IPR is one of the important tools to foster innovation in India and help technology driven startups to flourish. Therefore the GOI is focussing not only on creating awareness about IPR and Government policies regarding IPR, but also strengthening the protection enforcement and commercialization of IPR through various means. 

Mr. M N Vidyashankar, President, IESA said, “INNOPAT was conceptualised to help entrepreneurs navigate through the patent filing process in our country. We see immense enthusiasm amongst the young innovators of today. The process hitherto ardouos has now been simplified, with the Government of India revising guidelines. IESA has always encouraged startups to build and scale, and we have always tried to provide an opportunity to showcase their work to the industry. INNOPAT is another initiative in this direction.”

Ms. Madhumita Agarwal, MD, IPexcel Services Pvt. ltd said, “Our PM’s Make in India initiative requires a robust IP system in India. INNOPAT is a small step towards improving the IP ecosystem by creating one permanent self-sustaining platform for promoting, protecting, funding, commercializing and enforcing Innovative Proprietary (Patented) Technologies in India. As a start, INNOPAT helped 5 startups in protecting their technology for free and showcasing them in front of 8 potential investors and partners.”

Dr. Partha P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur commented on the initiative saying, “The world has moved towards a knowledge based economy and for India to compete, it is imperative that we create an innovation culture in India that learns to create, own and protect IP. I am happy that IIT Kharagpur and our alumni are taking the lead in the awareness and capacity building of IP. It is not just individuals but the nations as a whole needs to value IP and protect national interest through it.”

Dipankar Khashnabish, President, IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association Bangalore added, “Technology Alumni Association Bangalore (TAAB) is proud to partner with IP excel in having the inaugural session of INNOPAT. As the country moves faster on the information super highway, intellectual property is increasingly taking the centre stage. It is time, we all build appreciation of the space, and engage in the entire value chain- creation, registration, monetization and defense.

The IP ecosystem today is extremely weak and it is a major gap which needs to be addressed before having a serious play in the creation of sustainable intellectual assets. I am sure forums like INNOPAT will play a vital role in this. I wish it all the success.”

The first edition of INNOPAT took place in Pune with more than 100 attendees. The second edition was held on Friday, July 14th 2017 at The Novotel, Bangalore.

NI Showcases Smart Platforms and Tools for the Indian Aerospace & Defence Industry

Key highlights:

  • Presented smarter approach to system design in Aerospace & Defence
  • Displayed flexible HIL Test Systems for Embedded Controllers & Data Acquisition Systems for A&D Industry
  • Partners demonstrated their live applications and how NI is supporting their business 

INDIA, Bangalore – June 21, 2017: NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, hosted the India Defence and Aerospace Symposium 2017 in association with Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI). The symposium which witnessed a footfall of 500, was attended by engineers, scientists, managers and professionals in the aviation, space and defence industries and focused on navigation, RADAR, Electronics Warfare, Military Communications, Satellites as well as test rig construction and HIL.

At the event, NI showcased how the design, development and test challenges of the Indian Aerospace & Defence (A&D) Industry can be integrated by smart platforms & tools powered by ready-made technology. The diverse set of industry experts present, shared their ideas on revolution in simulation and test solutions, challenges of RADAR design & test, advanced techniques for phase aligned RF signal generation & acquisition and data acquisition systems for A&D applications.

Commenting on the importance of system design for the Aerospace and Defence industry, Tarun Gupta, Business Development Manager, National Instruments India, said, “India is an established technology hub for engineering services and product development for the global defence market. At National Instruments, it is our endeavor to provide the best-in-class testing solutions for enabling this industry rapidly develop and deploy systems. The India Defence and Aerospace Symposium 2017 gives us a platform to showcase the advanced technologies that can help build modern & reliable automated test systems for the aerospace & defence segments.” 

At the event, NI showcased:

  • Smarter approach to system design in Aerospace & Defence
  • Prototyping & Testing modern Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems and RADARs
  • Gigahertz Record & Playback Systems & Using Software Defined Radios (SDRs) for prototyping communications systems for A&D industry
  • Validating and Testing of Avionic Systems & Advanced Techniques for Phase Aligned signal generation and acquisition
  • Architecting Flexible HIL Test Systems for Embedded Controllers & Data Acquisition Systems for A&D Industry

The annual National Instruments Defence & Aerospace event aims to bring together and share domain knowledge and best practices from partners in the Indian Aerospace and Defence industry.

 

NetApp Positioned to Capture Digital Transformation Opportunity with Leadership in Hybrid Cloud Data Services

Market Intelligence Firm IDC Identifies New IT Category of Data Services for Hybrid Cloud to Reflect Changing Needs, Recognizes NetApp as a Key Player

India, Bangalore:  June 12, 2017 — More than two-thirds of CEOs of the 2,000 largest global organizations have identified digital transformation as the centerpiece of their growth and profitability strategies (1) moving forward. To successfully transform, business leaders are recognizing the need for new ways to harness their most valuable asset — their data.

Becoming data-centric is no small undertaking. It requires new approaches to computing now that data is much more distributed, dynamic, and diverse. Customers also face data integration challenges as they adopt hybrid and multi cloud models for greater agility, scale and cost control. IDC has released a new report, “Worldwide Data Services for Hybrid Cloud Taxonomy, 2017“, that reflects the business opportunities and IT requirements for enterprises to maximize the value of data in a hybrid cloud world.

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) ushered in the era of simplified data management at its founding 25 years ago. Today, it enables organizations to unleash the full value of their data for competitive advantage. NetApp is included as a key player by IDC for its ability to provide hybrid cloud data services. Specifically, IDC called out the NetApp Data Fabric strategy, which provides consistent and integrated services that deliver data visibility and insights, data access and control, and data protection and security.

“Data is the lifeblood of every organization, and as technology gradually becomes a part of everyday lives organizations will need innovative solutions to create value from the increasing data generated. NetApp’s persistent attention to data will help solve these customer challenges, with approaches like the NetApp Data Fabric. We continue to provide real time data insight, access and control that gives our customers and partners the confidence to move into the future with NetApp.” said Anil Valluri, President, NetApp India & SAARC. 

“Successful digital organizations exploit data insights to deliver personalized value services, optimize the customer experience, explore new opportunities, and reduce the overall cost of doing business,” said Laura DuBois, group vice president, Enterprise Storage, Servers and Infrastructure Software, at IDC. “Hybrid/multi-cloud deployments are becoming the new norm for organizations looking to harness data’s potential, but siloed approaches to development are limiting effectiveness and slowing digital transformation.  What’s needed is a comprehensive hybrid cloud data services solution set that delivers a full range of capabilities, including data protection, security, compliance, integration, orchestration and data location optimization that span structured and unstructured data, on-premises and cloud.  NetApp, with its Data Fabric approach, is already innovating in these categories and is making the investments in hybrid cloud data services to attract new customers to its vision of a data-driven future.”

NetApp also unveiled a “Data Visionaries” awareness campaign to drive visibility of the strategic importance of data. The campaign connects to content that showcases how NetApp’s expertise and Data Fabric portfolio support customers in their transformation to data-centric organizations that will lead the future.

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NetApp Launches NetApp Excellerator, A Startup Accelerator Program For The Era Of Digital Transformation

Applications for NetApp Excellerator program are now open for start-ups from areas related to IOT, cloud, big data and analytics, machine learning, virtualization, data security, data management and storage. 

INDIA, June 7, 2017:  NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the launch of the NetApp Excellerator program, the company’s first startup accelerator in Bangalore. NetApp is the leader in data insight, access, and control for hybrid cloud environments. Through the NetApp Excellerator program, the company wants to share its unique perspective and experience around data with startups, and invest in solutions that will help enterprises through this era of digital transformation.

The program was launched today at the new 15-acre NetApp campus at Bangalore in the presence of Mr. Mohandas Pai, guest of honour and keynote speaker, partners, venture capitalists, startups, and customers.

With the launch of this program, applications for the four-month-long program are now open for startups. Selected startups will receive technology and business mentorship as well as access to markets and investors to realize the full potential of their ideas and products in the global market place. Applications are invited from startups working in the areas related to IOT, cloud, big data and analytics, machine learning, virtualization, data security, storage and data management, and other adjacent areas.

Commenting on the launch Deepak Visweswaraiah, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, NetApp India said, “The tech industry is going through a transformational shift with data right at the center. Given NetApp’s rich legacy of innovation in the data management space, and the fact that we were once a startup ourselves, we recognize that some of the most creative, breakthrough ideas will happen within India’s thriving startup ecosystem. Through the NetApp Excellerator program, we would like to encourage and support these start-ups and provide them with an opportunity to graduate to their next phase of growth.”

The NetApp Excellerator program will provide startups with access to collaboration and productivity tools, co-working space out of the company’s global center of excellence in Bangalore as well as networking opportunities with potential investors, partners, and customers. Selected startups will have access to NetApp platforms and technologies, tools, co-working space, HR, marketing, legal and tech support. NetApp will provide an equity free grant of USD 15,000 to these startups upon completion of the program. What is more is that the startups can own their IP (Intellectual Property) and NetApp would not seek a stake in the same.

Ajeya Motaganahalli, Director NetApp India, who will be driving the program said, “Through the NetApp Excellerator program, we seek to engage with promising entrepreneurs contributing to diverse set of tech areas. We will assist these startups with guidance on building business relevance, exposure to our technology, partners and customers, as well as venture capitalists, and explore opportunities where we can take them to market. Our goal is to simply foster innovation and push these brilliant ideas forward.”

Established in the technology neighborhood of Bengaluru at close quarters with the best industry ecosystem, the NetApp Excellerator program will be hosted at the company’s center of excellence in Bangalore. Working in close proximity with one of NetApp’s largest R&D teams and best engineering talent will also help the startups draw inspiration and realise their full potential. For more information on this program, please visit http://startup.netapp.in .

 

India Defence & Aerospace Symposium

What: Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI) in association with National Instruments is organizing India Defence and Aerospace Symposium 2017 which focuses on how the design, development and test challenges of indigenously developed state-of-the-art systems in the Indian Aerospace & Defence (A&D) Industry can be met by smart platforms & tools powered by off-the-shelf technology.

This exclusive event is dedicated to the engineers, scientists, managers and professionals in the aviation, space and defense industries, focused on navigation, RADAR, Electronics Warfare, Military Communications, Satellites as well as test rig construction and HIL.

Where & When:
Bangalore – Wed, June 14 – ITC Gardenia, No.1 Residency Road
Hyderabad – Wed, June 21 – Hotel Novotel, Rajiv Gandhi Intl Airport

The event will be structured to discuss both industry trends and opportunities, also solutions for selected technical challenges. During morning keynotes, industry experts will cover topics revolving around cost of test, time-to-market and managing innovation in Aerospace and Defense industry. The main topics covered in the afternoon will be within Automated Test & RF Systems.

Why attend – Key highlights:

  • A smarter approach to system design in Aerospace & Defence
  • Prototyping & Testing modern Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems and RADARs
  • Gigahertz Record & Playback Systems & Using Software Defined Radios (SDRs) for prototyping communications systems for A&D industry
  • Validating and Testing of Avionic Systems & Advanced Techniques for Phase Aligned signal generation and acquisition
  • Architecting Flexible HIL Test Systems for Embedded Controllers & Data Acquisition Systems for A&D Industry

    Partners of NI will demonstrate their live applications across the event in an Exhibition Area and how NI is supporting their business.

    India Defence and Aerospace Symposium is an opportunity to learn about new tools and techniques that make adapting to rapidly changing technologies easier and faster.

    For more details, including how to register and to view the agenda, please go to:

india.ni.com/IDAS-bangalore

india.ni.com/IDAS-hyderabad

 

EY launches DigiGST™, an intelligent tax automation tool for GST, hosted on Microsoft Azure

 Highlights

  • DigiGST™ is a unique technology tool from EY  that integrates services of both Application Service Provider (ASP) and GST Suvidha Provider (GSP)
  • Combines EY’s tax domain expertise, technology capabilities and sector knowledge
  • Hosted on the highly secure local Microsoft Azure cloud in India with a multi-layered security architecture for greater resilience
  • Scalable and flexible infrastructure capable of handling large volumes of transactions and unpredictable data patterns
  • Offers 24/7 and 365 days monitoring and control of data security by two ISO 27001 certified EY Security Operations Centres (SOCs) in Chennai and Trivandrum

Bengaluru, 31 May 2017: EY, the leading global professional services organization, today announced the launch of DigiGST™, its integrated GSP-ASP solution that provides organisations with end-to-end GST compliance support. DigiGST is hosted on the highly secure Microsoft Azure platform and combines EY’s tax domain expertise, technology capabilities and deep Sector knowledge.

“The launch of GST is perhaps India’s most significant and complex economic reform the largest yet most complex change in the world and technology will play a critical role in this transformation journey. DigiGST™ combines our tax knowledge and technology expertise in a way that it adds value to businesses, helping them fully realise the benefits of GST while meeting compliance requirements in the most digital or user-friendly way”, says Rajiv Memani, Chairman, EY India and Chairman, Global Emerging Markets Committee, EY.

The GST Network (GSTN) will be the technology backbone of the new GST regime and it is estimated that over 8 million taxpayers will upload in excess of 3 billion invoices in a month on the GSTN. This is unique to India’s GST network as this level of transaction volume has not been managed in any other tax governance system anywhere in the world.

DigiGST™ is built on a fault tolerant and secure Microsoft Azure cloud platform that has the world’s best standards for cloud privacy. This solution uses intelligent tax automation supported by industry specific algorithms and a reliable and resilient technology platform that is capable of handling a large volume of transaction data.

Bertrand Launay, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft India, said, “Microsoft Azure cloud offers the most consistent, familiar and stable environment through local datacenters for EY’s intelligent tax automation tool, DigiGST™. It ensures protection of business-critical data with managed cloud backups and disaster recovery as a built- in service. Microsoft Azure is ISO/IEC 27018 certified and has the world’s first code of practice for cloud privacy. Its multi-level security and flexibility will further support the scalability and resilience of the DigiGST™ solution.”

“Tax compliance work in India has hitherto been about manual extraction and processing of transaction data, and submitting returns to the tax authority in a prescribed manner. This is set to change with GST. Built by our professionals with deep tax domain and sector knowledge in collaboration with our technology experts, DigiGST™ helps businesses optimise the benefits of GST. We have the largest pool of Indirect Tax (IDT) professionals powered by over 800 GST practitioners across 14 cities. India’s GST is the biggest and most ambitious digital tax reform carried out by any country, making DigiGST™, the largest intelligent tax automation project of EY anywhere in the world”, says Sudhir Kapadia, Partner and National Tax Leader, EY India.

EY’s GSP will connect with the GSTN system seamlessly over a secured leased-line and upload taxpayer data in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format using Application Programming Interface (APIs) and the license key accorded by the GSTN. EY ASP will provide all the value-added services to make GST compliance easier. Only GSPs and ASPs together can provide seamless end-to-end GST compliance services to taxpayers. The DigiGST™ uses robust in-memory multilevel reconciliation for timely error detection and appropriate credit availment to taxpayers thus reducing their working capital blockage.

“Today, organisations are faced with the challenge of ensuring robust GST compliance and governance while their internal and external systems stabilize, as they prepare for the GST rollout. Our DigiGST™ solution is purpose-built to offer timely GST compliance of a company’s entire business ecosystem including supply-side vendors and delivery, including distribution partners. This solution is designed to be scalable and flexible to handle the large data volumes expected to flow through the system in traffic patterns that are likely to be uneven and unpredictable. DigiGST is also highly customisable with a rules engine that can adjust to a company’s sector and structural complexities including tax positions”, says Harishanker Subramaniam, Partner and Indirect Tax Leader, EY India.

Companies today are concerned about safety of their data and are keen to know how ASPs and GSPs will ensure data integrity and security while they interact with the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to extract transaction records. The DigiGST™ solution while being customisable, automated and intuitive is also highly resilient, providing the best security infrastructure and complying with the highest accepted industry standards. At each layer of the infrastructure and application, controls have been established to ensure data confidentiality and integrity. While the GSTN mandates all GSPs to be ISO 27001 certified, EY’s ASP solution too complies with the ISO 27001 data security standards. DigiGST™ ensures that the entire value chain from taxpayer system to the EY ASP to the EY GSP platform and server works like a single secure data pipeline. DigiGST™ offers role-based access control privileges to prevent any individual other than the one assigned by the company leadership to interact with the complete dataset. This solution uses data virtualisation to prevent data manipulation and theft by individuals with access to the solution interface. EY’s two ISO 27001 certified Security Operations Centers (SOCs) in Chennai and Trivandrum with highly mature detection and response capabilities will provide 24/7 monitoring and control of data security as part of the DigiGST™ service offering.

Samsung Redefines TV Picture & Design With the Launch of QLED TV in India

Introduces world’s first TVs with 100% Colour Volume, HDR 2000 nits of brightness, One Remote Control and an innovative design solution called Invisible connection 

Bangalore, India – May 24, 2017 – Samsung Electronics today unveiled its flagship premium line-up of QLED TVs in Bangalore and showcased its innovative TV, The Frame, redefining the future of home entertainment with cutting-edge TV technology and style.

Caption Mr. Rajeev Bhutani, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Business, Samsung India and Actress Ms. Pranitha Subhash at the launch of Samsung QLED TV in Bangalore.The ‘TV of Light’, a name given to Samsung QLED TV for its delivery of optimal brightness levels and stunning visual experience, is ushering in a new era of televisions and transforming the living room of tomorrow with its focus on the lifestyle TV concept. With this, India’s number one TV brand will further consolidate its leadership in the market.

QLED TVs come with four global first innovations. They achieve 100% Colour Volume, the HDR 2000 functionality brings out hidden details, an Invisible Connection keeps your living room clutter free and One Remote Control offers an intuitive experience. Along with these, the No Gap Wall-mount and the optional easel-like Studio Stand light up the aesthetics of your home. Fusing a slim, sleek and premium metal body with a nearly bezel-less display, QLED TVs set the tone for exceptional sophistication.

Samsung also showcased its newest innovation – The Frame. Instead of fading to black like a conventional TV, The Frame’s display transforms into a work of art, letting users select from a collection of more than 100 art pieces in 10 different categories, including landscape, architecture, wildlife, action, drawing and more. Paired with numerous options for art layouts and colours, as well as customizable accessory options including interchangeable bezels and an optional Studio Stand, it truly complements the user’s living space. 

“QLED TV, powered by Samsung’s quantum dot technology, provides true-to-life images that no other TV can match. It empowers you to think about the television in a new way, bringing art and entertainment into new parts of your home. The QLED TV is as beautiful when turned off as it is when it’s on and will help us grow the demand for premium TVs as well as our market share in India even further,” said Mr. Rajeev Bhutani, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Business, Samsung India.

QLED TVs have been designed with the consumer in mind and focus on addressing three key consumer pain points through solutions known as Q Picture, Q Style and Q Smart.

Q Picture: Turns Light into Perfect Colour

The newly-announced QLED TV takes quantum dot technology to the next level with advancements in light efficiency, stability and a wider colour spectrum. With new metal alloy quantum dots, the QLED TV addresses all major aspects of picture quality, including Colour Volume, brightness, bold contrast and viewing angle. QLED TV can express accurate colour and achieves a 100% Colour Volume – the highest in the market today, earning accreditation from Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE), one of Europe’s largest technical-scientific associations.

QLED TV’s advanced HDR 2000 functionality allows users to see every hidden detail as it was meant to be seen, with no loss or distortion of colour. In addition, QLED TV’s rich, deep black levels and bold contrast provide a consistent viewing experience regardless of a room’s lighting.

Q Style: Design Your Space

This year, Samsung introduced new design elements that can fit into any home regardless of the interior aesthetics or setup. The all-new Invisible Connection cable helps manage unsightly cords and clutter with a refined, single cord system. Consumers can now design their space with a single optical cable that brings all devices together, reclaiming the living room space once occupied by set-top boxes and external devices.

Samsung has also introduced the No Gap Wall-mount, which brings the TV flush against the wall, closer than ever before. For those who do not wish to mount their TV onto the wall, there is also a range of Samsung TV stands. Consumers can use the stylish metal stand that accompanies the TV or buy the Studio Stand that is designed like an easel and is an ideal accompaniment for any artist-inspired living space.

Q Smart: Control Devices and Content with One Remote Control

Samsung is focused on the continued evolution of its much-lauded Smart TV offering, giving people the simple, unified user experience they want for all their entertainment content. With the Samsung One Remote, consumers can control most connected TV devices with just one remote control. The enhanced Samsung One Remote now supports more devices and offers voice control capabilities across more Smart TV features.

In addition, Samsung’s latest Smart View App allows users to seamlessly share content from their smartphone to the TV. Users can enjoy a more personalized experience with the new ‘Smart Hub’ interface on the ‘Smart View’ app. The Smart View app supports both Android and iOS mobile devices.

QLED TVs will be launched in three series, Q9, Q8 and Q7, in 55 inches (138 cm), 65 inches (163 cm), 75 inches (189 cm) and 88 inches (223 cm), starting May 2017. QLED TVs will be priced between

INR 3,14,900 and INR 24,99,900 in India.

Consumers can pre-book their QLED TVs between May 2 and May 21 to avail the special pre-book offer of a free Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Gold). For more details on the pre-book offer, consumers can visit: www.samsung.com/in/microsite/qledtv/