India Electronics and Semiconductor Association announces Executive Council for 2016-17

~ K. Krishna Moorthy is the new Chairman and Mr. Ashwini K Aggarwal is the Vice-Chairman of IESA ~ 

Bangalore, India, April 29th, 2016: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier industry body representing the Indian Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) industry today announced its new Executive Council (EC) for the year 2016-17.

krishna-profile 04Mr. K. Krishna Moorthy, Corporate VP and Managing Director, Rambus Chip Technologies (I) Pvt Ltd who was earlier the Vice Chairman for 2015-16, has taken over the role of Chairman for 2016-17. Mr. Ashwini K Aggarwal

Director – Govt. Affairs Applied Materials India Pvt. Ltd. would be the new Vice Chairman of IESA and Mr. Anilkumar Muniswamy, Director, SLN Technologies Pvt. Ltd. will serve as the new Treasurer. 

Krishna, as he is known in the industry circles, is an accomplished Electronics Industry professional with more than 35 years of experience in the field of electronics, covering a wide spectrum of functions from Silicon design, System design, System engineering, and high performance IP design in deep sub micro processes and engineering management. He is credited to have designed the first ASIC in India in 1987 that went into volume production and used in many Secure Defense Communication systems. He works with premier engineering schools in India to foster Industry/Academia relationship and played a key role in setting up the Advanced VLSI lab in IIT Kharagpur 10 years ago which today produces many high quality engineers with IC design experience.  At Rambus, he is responsible for the complete operations of the design centre and prior to that he was the Director of engineering and subsequently Managing Director of National Semiconductor.

Speaking on his getting elevated to this position, Mr. K. Krishna Moorthy, Corporate VP & Managing Director, Rambus Chip Technologies (I) Pvt Ltd said, It’s an exciting time for India’s electronics industry, with IESA leading the conversation to strengthen India’s electronics design and manufacturing (ESDM) dynamics. When IESA coined the term ESDM about eight years ago, we never thought that this will become the next big wave of growth and investment in the country. The central government has recognized the importance of this sector which is evident from its recent initiatives like Digital India, Make in India and Skill India etc. all which auger very well for the ESDM industry. I am honored to have been asked to take this role and enthusiastic about the possibilities present in the ESDM landscape. As part of the IESA team, I will look forward to work with the both Central and State Governments, Industry members, Entrepreneurs, Academia and all other stake-holders to take India’s ESDM sector to new heights and help India emerge as the world’s electronics capital. The high consumption of electronics products in the country, coupled with a highly supportive start up spirit in the new generation engineers will help us achieve this in near future. 

M.N. Vidyashankar, President, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) said, “While thanking the outgoing chairman and the executive council, we are really fortunate to welcome Krishna as the new chairman with his wide ranging experience in system and silicon products and IP design. We look forward to strengthen the ESDM ecosystem with his focused approach towards building entrepreneurship and start up culture, innovation, strong industry-academia relations and nurture skill creation in the country’s electronics design and manufacturing industry.”

IESA has been instrumental in working with the central and state governments to bring out favourable policies to enable Indian electronics and semiconductor sector by driving numerous initiatives to bring awareness in the policy makers and working closely with them to help the industry overcome impediments for growth. IESA has of late been aggressively working towards new government initiatives like ‘Make in India’, ‘Start-up India’ and ‘Digital India’ and has given valuable consultations to international companies who have shown interest to set-up electronics facilities in India. The executive council will continue working towards achieving the vision laid down collectively by the association member community.

HID Global Enters Market for Citizen IDs on Mobile Phones

News Highlights:

·         The HID goID platform for mobile IDs is the first to enable secure over-the-air provisioning of citizen IDs to their closest and most convenient confidant … their smartphone.

·         While improving the user experience, HID goID extends trust and security to offline mobile credential authentication and enables secure access to cloud-based government services.

·         The platform is powered by HID Global’s Seos® technology that has already been proven in mobile credentialing for enterprise, healthcare, hospitality, university and banking deployments.

Bangalore, April 26, 2016HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced it has entered the market for mobile citizen IDs that can be carried on smartphones, leveraging the success of the company’s award-winning solutions that have proven the benefits of mobility across a wide variety of secure identity applications.  The HID goIDplatform for mobile IDs enables driver licenses and other government IDs to be carried on smartphones that become all-in-one devices for receiving, presenting and authenticating mobile IDs with the highest level of privacy protection.  This marks a new era in which individuals will be able to confidently use their smartphone as their secure, trusted ID, and governments can reach a new level of convenience in issuing IDs and extending their relationships with citizens.

“Mobile IDs will simplify people’s lives, empower them with more applications and increase the level of trust for individuals to use their digital identity,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President and Managing Director of the Government ID business within HID Global.  “As the first solution to enable convenient yet secure issuing and receiving of credentials over the air, the HID goID platform creates a brand new category for mobile citizen IDs.  Governments around the world already rely on HID Global for major programs, such as the US Green Card, Ireland Passport datapage, Angola National ID and more; HID goID lays the foundation for HID Global to lead the industry’s evolution to mobile IDs as well.”

Powered by HID Global’s breakthrough Seos® technology, the HID goID platform for mobile IDs goes much further to enable instant over-the-air provisioning and streamlined access to cloud-based government information services with the assurance that all transactions are secure and trustworthy. This ensures all transactions related to issuing, managing and presenting credentials using mobile phones are conducted in a highly secure, closed-circuit environment protected by end-to-end encryption.

Seos technology has already demonstrated the transformational power of mobile IDs in numerous applications, and there is growing demand for this capability to provide the equivalent of a digital wallet for carrying multiple identities tied to the user’s one true identity.  A Zogby Analytics poll of 18- to 34-year olds who have smartphones revealed that 39 percent would like to verify their identity with a digital ID instead of showing a driver’s license.  With IDs on smartphones, citizens are in control of the data made available in different scenarios, such as only showing a person’s photo and age.

HID Global is now engaging with national governments and state and provincial driver’s license agencies about the possibility of launching goID pilots that will explore each jurisdiction’s specific platform deployment objectives and requirements.  The solution will eliminate the need for people to stand in lines for new cards and renewals.  Key focus areas include: preventing fraud through authentication over secure channels; optimizing flexibility for online authentication if a citizen’s smartphone battery is dead; simplifying issuance through over-the-air provisioning as already proven at universities, banks, hotels, hospitals and other institutions leveraging Seos® technology; and protecting privacy by utilizing a smartphone’s Bluetooth connection so users can electronically present their credentials without physically relinquishing their smartphones.

To watch the HID goID video, click here.

The HID goID launch is a key element in the company’s broader mobility initiative aimed at creating a more convenient, trusted and secure user experience in today’s increasingly connected and mobile-first world.   To read about HID Global’s mobility initiative, click here.

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Pocket Gamer Connects – the International Mobile Game Conference by Reliance Games kicks off in Bangalore today

Bangalore, 21 April, 2016 – Reliance Games a leading developer and publisher of mobile games today kicks off its second edition of one of the most awaited international mobile gaming conference – Pocket Gamer Connects in Bangalore. After the phenomenal success of the inaugural event last year, PG Connects is back with a bang with over 5 Tracks, 60+ Speakers and 600+ attendees participating.

A first of its kind conference for the mobile gaming fraternity PGConnects 2016, saw participation from developers, Indie superstars and global giants including Google, Samsung, Zynga, EA, Rovio, Microsoft; Chinese superstars NetEase&iDreamSky, AppStore hit makers KetchApp (Paris) &FlareGames, Venture Capitalists such as Accel Partners as well as Indian stalwarts – Robosoft, Junglee Games, Nazara and Reliance.

The Day 1 of the conference focused on tracks like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Mobile Games University’ providing essential hands-on advice in the art of making and marketing your mobile games. Some of the key highlights of ‘Mobile Games University’ track include sessions on ‘Building and Establishing a Monetization Strategy Using Ad Products’, ‘Taking Gaming to the next level’, ‘Improving user engagement with through Google Play Games services, ‘Monetization strategies that Game Developers should use in 2016’, ‘Effective Tips to get your game Published-’ and much more.

In the ‘Make in India’ track, the panel discussion focused on themes like ‘India’s Future in the Mobile entertainment’ industry, Innovation in Indian Gaming, the India Opportunity & trends, Growth Hacking for games, and Raising Funds for games. The tracks included a wide range of speakers like Rohith Bhat, CEO of Robosoft, Manish Agarwal, CEO of Nazara Games, Alok Kejriwal, CEO of Games2Win, Rajesh Rao, CEO of Dhruva, and Anurag Sacheva, Country Director of Rovio.

One of the biggest highlights of the day, was the presentation of an exclusive study on “Unveiling the new era of gaming in India”, which showcased the opportunities for game developers to capture the fast growing domestic gaming market. Other attractions included, the Indie Showcase of more than 70 Indie developers showcasing their creative geniuses along with a session on ‘Making global hits from India’ by Amit Khanduja, CEO of Reliance Games, which drew on best practices of how game developers in India can draw on success mantra of top publishers to develop global hits.. The day ended with interesting discussions on Gamification by a Dutch Delegation represented by Nasscom, talks on mobile marketing & new tools of the trade by InMobi, Applift and a host of workshops on perfecting your game development by Intel, Microsoft, Samsung and Akamai.

Speaking on the first day of PG Connects Bangalore, Mr. Amit Khanduja, CEO, Reliance Games said, “We have received a phenomenal response on our first day with wide participation from developers, gamers, media and global speakers. With a razor sharp focus on ‘Make in India’, this year Reliance Games aims to extend India’s competitive edge in gaming.  Our investments in the Indie start up ecosystem and the workshop driven tracks this year are meant to fill the gaps in the industry on design, marketing & monetization”

Pocket Gamer Connects, Bangalore offers to be a surreal experience for the gaming fraternity in India.

For more information log ontohttp://www.pgconnects.com/bangalore/

Speaker line up: http://www.pgconnects.com/bangalore/

Event schedule:http://www.pgconnects.com/bangalore/schedule/

About Reliance Games:

Reliance Games, a leading publisher and developer of mobile games is a division of Reliance Entertainment Group whose subsidiaries include entities like IM Global and Codemasters.

Reliance Games block buster hits include Real Steel, Real Steel World Robot Boxing, Pacific Rim, and a slew of exciting mobile games developed in association with Hollywood Studios such as Dreamworks, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.

With over 200mn downloads globally, Reliance Games currently operates across five countries worldwide. A strong, multi-disciplinary, cross-skilled and talented team spanning three continents across US, UK, Korea and India spearheads the creation of high quality mobile games. Reliance Games titles can be enjoyed through iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Windows as well as 80 leading networks across 40 countries. More information about Reliance Games is available at www.reliancegames.com

AboutThe Very Big Indie Pitch:

The Very Big Indie Pitch is a mammoth developer pitching competition open to all types of independent developers of mobile, wearables, VR, or handheld games, wherever they are based.At the event a host of leading mobile game journalists will be gathered together with partner judges to run the rule over a selection of pre-filtered games. The developers are allowed 4 minutes (3 mins pitch, 1 min Q&A) to pitch to each journalist table in a ‘speed dating’ style. Once everyone has pitched, the journos confer and pick the finalists who progress through to pitch live to an expert panel of judges for the Grand Prize.

Aside from the chance to get their game in front of the leading media influencers and potential publisher partners, this VERY Big Indie Pitch also rewards the top developers with a share of a promotional prize package worth $7,000. There’s more. The event is sponsored by Samsung, Chillingo, Amazon Appstore, and Mobilize.

K7 & K10 WILL BE LG’s FIRST MADE-IN-INDIA SMARTPHONES

With this, LG bets big on India’s potential in the smartphone market

New Delhi, April 14th, 2016: LG Electronics India Limited (LGEIL) today announced the launch of K7 and K10, the first smartphones the company will be making in India. The move reiterates the company’s long term commitment to India and its customers in the country.

LG launches K7 & K10 in India

At the launch event, graced by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Communications and IT, Government of India, Mr Pankaj Mahindroo, Founder and National President, Indian Cellular Association, Mr. J.S.Deepak, Secretary Dept. of Telecommunication, Dr. Aruna Sharma, Secretary Department of Electronics & IT, Mr Rajiv Bansal, Secretary – Electronics, DeitY, Mr Kim Ki Wan, MD LG India, unveiled the K7 and K10, its latest line of smart phones in unique glossy pebble design with advanced camera technology and UX features of LG’s premium models.

The K-Series smartphones will be the first to offer LG’s glossy pebble design, a contemporary, stylish look with a curved, modern finish aimed at a younger audience. The glossy pebble design is complemented by LG’s new 2.5D Arc Glass for a smooth and seamless style that could only be made possible due to the sides of K-series smartphones being free of button clutter. With design cues borrowed from nature, the K10 and K7 look far more expensive and exclusive than they really are.

The back cover features an intricate woven pattern for optimal grip and confidence when on the move. Further, because consumers on the move tend to enjoy an active lifestyle, the K-series is designed with multimedia creation and consumption in mind – with a larger screen to display images and videos captured with the most advanced camera (13MP on the rear and 8MP on the front in the case of the K10) in a smartphone in this category.

Featuring LG’s popular Gesture Shot and Gesture Interval Shot, taking selfies is easy and hassle-free. Gesture Shot enables users to take photos simply by raising an open hand in front of the lens and then clenching it into a fist. Closing one’s hand twice automatically leads to the Gesture Interval Shot and will produce four consecutive photos. Both devices are equipped with Flash for Selfie in the front to help users capture priceless moments whenever and wherever the need might arise, even in the dark.

At the launch, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Communications and IT, Government of India, said, “The Indian digital ecosystem will be a $1trillion economy in the next 5 years with $400bn contribution from smartphones and electronics manufacturing, 350Bn from IT&ITES enables services and $250Bn from Communications services. LG is a large global brand name and we are very excited that they have chosen to manufacture mobile handsets from India. With LG smartphones consumers will have access to governance, information and knowledge in the hands.”

Mr Kim Ki-Wan, Managing Director, LG Electronics India, said, “India is a strategic market for LG globally and the decision to manufacture smartphones in India underscores our commitment to our customers here. We want to tap the huge potential for smartphones in the country and the K-series will be the first ones to be manufactured in India. While these devices are in the sub 15k price band, they have features typically seen only in premium devices. We are optimistic that the Indian consumers will love the premium-ness of the K7 and K10 at regular prices.”

The K series smartphones will be available in the Indian market at the following price points: –

  • K7 – Rs. 9,500
  • K10 – Rs. 13,500

Key Specifications:

K7

K10

●   Display: 5.0-inch In-cell Touch

●   Chipset : Qualcomm Snapdragon

●   Camera: Rear 5MP / Front 5MP

●   Memory:

RAM: 1.5 GB

ROM:  8 GB

●   Battery: 2,125mAh

●   Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop

●   Size : 142.7 x 72.6 x 8.6mm

●   Network: 4G LTE + VoLTE, VoWi-Fi / 3G /

                                   2G

●   Colors: Titan / Gold / White

●   Others: 2.5D Arc Glass / Gesture Shot / Gesture Interval Shot / Tap and Shot

●   Display: 5.3-inch HD In-cell Touch

●   Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon

●   Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 8MP

●   Memory:

RAM: 2 GB

ROM: 16 GB

●   Battery: 2,300mAh

●   Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop

●   Size: 144.7 x 73.6 x 8.7mm

●   Network: 4G LTE + VoLTE, VoWi-Fi /

                              3G / 2G

●   Colors: White / Indigo / Gold

●   Others: 2.5D Arc Glass / Gesture Shot / Tap and Shot / Gesture Interval Shot

About LG Electronics India Pvt. Ltd. 

LG Electronics India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Electronics, South Korea was established in January 1997 in India. It is one of the most formidable brands in consumer electronics, home appliances, IT hardware and mobile communications space. In India for a decade, LG has earned a premium brand positioning and is the acknowledged trendsetter for the industry. LGEIL’s manufacturing unit at Greater Noida is one of the most eco-friendly units among all LG manufacturing plants in the world. The second Greenfield facility is located at Ranjangaon; Pune has the capacity to manufacture LED TV’s, Air Conditioners, Washing Machines, Refrigerators, and Monitors.

Pegasystems Acquires Robotic Automation Software Provider OpenSpan

Combination brings robotics, analytics, and case management together to enable more productive employees and better customer experience

INDIA – April 13, 2016 – Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering the world’s leading enterprises with strategic business applications, today announced the acquisition of Atlanta, GA-based OpenSpan, Inc., a privately held software provider of robotic process automation (RPA)  and workforce analytics software. OpenSpan uses robotic automation to ease the burden on customer service representatives (CSRs) by automating routine desktop tasks, thus increasing employee productivity and job satisfaction. By providing insight into desktop activity and automating or eliminating repetitive, time-consuming tasks, OpenSpan frees agents to focus their energy on delivering exceptional customer experience while also helping to lower operational costs.

Running on more than 200,000 desktops at leading global enterprises, OpenSpan provides advanced robotic automation and workforce analytics capabilities that complement and enhance Pegasystems’ Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application suite and Business Process Management (BPM) platform. This acquisition unifies robotics and workforce analytics with case management and real-time analytics for the first time. Organizations can quickly experience the benefits of an integrated desktop and leverage their insights and cost savings to transition effectively into a fully-unified CRM solution.

While customer experience continues to rise to the top of every business agenda, CSRs on the front lines are forced to navigate a hodgepodge of disconnected desktop applications while they try to engage with customers. Distracted CSRs waste time toggling between dozens of different apps to input or review customer data, which frustrates both the customer and the CSR. OpenSpan’s software provides insight into the CSRs desktop environment as well as streamlines and simplifies the desktop, allowing CSRs to focus their full attention on the customer. This opens new avenues for organizations to optimize complex CSR processes, including the ability to:

 ·         Identify workflow inefficiencies: As a first step, businesses can quickly and more easily analyze their employee workflows to uncover hidden hotspots that are causing disruption in customer experience, such as needless and error-prone data rekeying across different apps. This visibility helps pinpoint inefficient processes that could be prime candidates for robotics to digitally transform their operations.

·         Automate desktop processes: CSRs suffering from ‘app overload’ can now benefit from desktop applications operating in a single seamless process – moving data between applications where APIs don’t exist. Solutions can be deployed in weeks, quickly simplifying the employee experience, which leads to a better customer experience.

·         Reduce repetitive tasks: Outside of customer service, many high-volume, low-complexity tasks traditionally done by employees can now be automated without the need for human intervention. Robotic process automation enables these processes – from reviewing claim details to updating transaction systems – to be run unattended, further freeing representatives to meet the needs of their customers.

OpenSpan solutions are deployed at many of the world’s leading financial services, insurance, telecommunications, and retail organizations. A list of clients and customer testimonials can be found athttps://www.openspan.com/customer-success/customers/.

For more information on the acquisition, visit https://www.pega.com/openspan.

CP Gurnani appointed as Chairman for NASSCOM for 2016 – 2017

Raman Roy appointed as NASSCOM Vice Chairman 2016-2017 

Hyderabad, 06th April 2016: National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today announced the appointment of Mr. CP Gurnani as its Chairman for 2016-2017. Mr. Gurnani will take on the new role as Chairman of NASSCOM effective 6 April 2016. He succeeds Mr. BVR Mohan Reddy, who served as Chairman of NASSCOM for 2015-16. Mr. Gurnani is part of NASSCOM’s Executive Council and is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tech Mahindra. As Chairman of the Executive Council, Mr. Gurnani will lead and assist NASSCOM in catalyzing the growth of the Indian technology and services industry and enabling the fulfillment of its future goals and aspirations. The Executive Council also announced the appointment of Mr. Raman Roy, Chairman and Managing Director of Quatrro Global Services as the Vice Chairman of NASSCOM for 2016-17.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. CP Gurnani, Chairman, NASSCOM and MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, “I feel very humbled to be given this opportunity, at a time when the industry is on the threshold of an exciting new journey. Innovative startups and disruptive technology have together created exciting times for the industry. Being at the helm of NASSCOM, I will continue to drive greater engagement with our stakeholders and members to address the prevalent industry issues of inclusion, education, infrastructure security and corporate governance.”

Mr. BVR Mohan Reddy, Former Chairman, NASSCOM stated that, “I feel very proud of the progress the industry has witnessed in the past one year. 2015 was a defining year for the industry as we outlined our vision for the decade ahead and witnessed innovative entrepreneurs rise to achieve tremendous success, making India one of the key Startup hubs across the globe. It has been a great opportunity leading NASSCOM during the last one year and I am confident that NASSCOM will grow from strength to strength.”

Chairman, Mr. CP Gurnani along with Vice-Chairman, Mr. Raman Roy and President, Mr. R Chandrashekhar will lead NASSCOM to carry out its diverse array of priorities to enable NASSCOM in achieving the 2020 vision for the industry:

1

Focused programs to build India as digital and innovation hub

2

Enhance global trade initiatives to counter protectionist sentiments and enhance market access in developed and emerging markets

3

Build programs to showcase how domestic technology adoption can accelerate India’s transformation

4

Expand and nurture the startup initiative through focused interventions and business connect

5

Strengthen industry council initiatives to enhance engagement across the ecosystem

6

Focus on Niche Opportunity Areas identified in Perspective 2025 – IOT, Cyber Security, Analytics, SaaS

7

Accelerate adoption of job roles and qualification packs for key skills, lead mutual recognition of skills in Asian countries

About Mr. CP Gurnani

CP Gurnani, (popularly known as CP) is the MD & CEO of Tech Mahindra. CP played a pivotal role in the three year transformational journey of Mahindra Satyam and has spearheaded the eventual merger with Tech Mahindra. An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP in many ways led Tech Mahindra’s transformation journey, where he contributed significantly to the company’s strategy and philosophy. His inimitable style of leadership combined with his sharp focus on customer experience has helped Tech Mahindra to emerge as one of the leading providers of IT Services and Telecom Solutions to the global telecom ecosystem. In a career spanning over 31 years, he has held several leading positions with HCL Hewlett Packard Limited, Perot Systems (India) Limited and HCL Corporation Ltd. CP received a chemical engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela.

About Mr. Raman Roy

Mr.Raman Roy is widely regarded as the Pioneer and “Guru” of the BPO industry in India.  He is fondly referred to as the “Father of the Indian BPO Industry”.  He has played a pivotal role over the last 30 years in promoting India based servicing. Raman is a pioneer four times over, having successfully pioneered and led the BPO initiatives of American Express, GE (now Genpact) and Spectramind (now Wipro BPO) before starting Quatrro in mid 2006. Raman is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Management Accountant with a Doctorate in Management Accountancy.  In his career spanning 35+ years, he has handled roles in Finance, Consulting, Operations and General Management with equal ease.

About NASSCOM

NASSCOM® is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industries in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with more than 1800 members, which include both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India. NASSCOM’s member and associate member companies are broadly in the business of software development, software services, software products, consulting services, BPO services, e-commerce & web services, engineering services off-shoring and animation and gaming. NASSCOM’s membership base constitutes over 95% of the industry revenues in India and employs over 3.1 million professionals.