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 .


“Co-Innovtion key to Digital India” – IBM

Bangalore, August 30th,2016 – IBM emphasized the significance of ‘Co-innovation’ in building a Digital India, at IBM India Labs Engage 2016, the two day annual innovation summit hosted by IBM in Bangalore. Out of many Indian startups who have leveraged IBM’s cloud platform and/or cognitive solutions, five select start-ups demonstrated their innovative, industry specific offerings at the event. In addition to adopting IBM technology, these start-ups have benefitted by getting access to various IBM initiatives including IBM GEP/ SmartCamp India – programs that allow them to build, launch and scale their business.

Speaking at the event, Kaushik Bhaskar, Vice President, IBM India Software Labs said, ‘With Cognitive technologies becoming a key differentiator in the global technology landscape, India need cognitive business models to leapfrog into the lead innovator ranks. There is also a fundamental shift required from ‘siloed’ innovation to ‘co-innovation’ to rapidly drive this transformation. IBM is increasingly focused on nurturing the ecosystem to drive this change. By providing start-ups with access to technical expertise, executive mentoring, software infrastructure credits, co-marketing programs, sales and VC leads – IBM is committed to working with new age, born-on-the cloud companiesto drive innovation that will build a Digital India.’’

The event provided an opportunity for start-ups, ecosystem leaders, enterprises and investors to discover ideas that would breach technology frontiers and build disruptive applications for the Cloud and Cognitive Era. By participating in an immersive Design Thinking and Garage experience, participants also had a unique opportunity to unearth emerging client needs and rapidly create market- focused solutions.

The IBM India Labs Engage 2016 is part of IBM’s continuing commitment to support the Indian startup ecosystem by orchestrating the collaboration between enterprises, investors and start-up companies through various digital and physical platforms through the year. IBM engages with startups across sectors including fin-tech, health-tech and retail and provides access to key IBM programs and investments including IBM Global Entrepreneurship program; IBM physical and virtual Garages; IBM Labs; Digital Communities (Watson, Bluemix, IoT, Cloud etc.) to fuel ecosystem innovation.

The top five Start-ups who demonstrated their solutions at the event included:

1. AllizHealth: This Pune based preventive health start-up, has built a consumer focused health and wellness platform for early identification, tracking and management of health risk and conditions. It leverages IBM cloud platform to enable users to track various health risks and parameters, store digitized medical documents and also connect with doctors, caregivers etc.

Gaurav Vij, Founder and Chief Architect: “There is an increasing challenge of non -communicable and lifestyle related diseases in India. At AllizHealth, we are trying to address this problem by working on an innovative Health Management Platform. The goal of this platform is to make people aware of their health risks early and help them with various resources to track and manage such risks. Through our efforts, we are now managing the health of over 500,000 users and working with some of the leading insurance and healthcare groups in India. In this journey, we are fortunate to have a partner in IBM cloud. Harnessing the power of cloud is central to our plans and the support, help and guidance we have received from IBM team, has been quite remarkable. We hope to continue with this association and make it a win-win.”

2. Tagalys : This Chennai based start-up has developed an e-commerce personalization engine on IBM cloud to help online retailers improve visitor-product engagement and revenues. The platform studies visitor and segment shopping behavior, to deliver products most relevant to that visitor(s) across product discovery channels like Site Search, Merchandising, and Recommendations within the online retailer.

Antony Kattukaran, Co-founder and CEO: ‘Personalization of the complete visitor experience across category pages, recommendations widgets and search results is a requirement in today’s digital commerce experience. IBM’s cloud infrastructure is a secure, scalable, and helps us meet the most rigorous demands for our online business. Our partnership with IBM has helped a team like ours focus on product innovation instead of infrastructure and compete on merit with the best in the world.’’

3. Signzy : Recently awarded as the most innovative solution by RBI, this Bangalore –based start-up, uses IBM’s cognitive and cloud solutions to make the digital regulatory processes simpler, secure and more compliant. Their unique online contracting solution uses the latest technology like biometric signature and blockchain to complete the entire online digital trust system.

Ankit Ratan, Co-founder and CEO: “Digital On-boarding is a painful problem for the financial sector and the broader industry. Signzy is using a Cloud API based approach to make this simple, yet secure and compliant. Using IBM Watson’s cognitive capabilities we have ensured that our AI technology is enterprise-ready from day one, accelerating our go to market and delighting clients.”

4. Artifacia: Erstwhile called Snapshopr, this Silicon Valley and Bangalore based start-up provides an AI based visua discovery platform designed for retailers that helps them improve engagement and conversions on their apps and websites. Using IBM cloud technology, the platform helps their partners provide unique product discovery and personalization experiences to their customers.

Navneet Sharma, Co-founder and CEO: ‘Artifacia is a visual discovery platform powered by Artificial Intelligence. We enable developers and retailers to build and deliver unique product discovery and personalization experiences for their customers in India and the US. We have relied on IBM cloud technology to build a deep learning technology infrastructure. As the winners of IBM’s SmartCamp program in 2015, we garnered a lot of visibility and look forward to the IBM partnership to their support as we expand globally.’

5. Talview : This Bangalore-based start-up is a leading HR technology solution provider which leverages cutting-edge tech like neuro-linguistic programming, machine learning, and psycho-linguistics built leveraging IBM’s cognitive and cloud solutions. The solution provides mobile-video hiring and helps companies to accept applications, conduct automated and live interviews, video supervised written & code tests and complete on boarding formalities remotely on mobile/tablet and PC.

Jobin Jose, Cofounder and COO: ‘Talview is in pursuit of disrupting the USD 500 billion global recruitment industry and had identified a strong market need for a cognitive solution. Talview Talent Insights which leverages multiple IBM Watson APIs and IBM Cloud Service is the world’s first hiring solution that harnesses the power of advanced data science and machine learning algorithms, video-audio analysis, social media analytics, psycholinguistics and speech recognition to help companies build better teams and gain competitive advantage. Using IBM services helped us to go to market faster with a secure, scalable solution.

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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Quantum Xcellis Scale-out Storage Earns Honors for Video Surveillance and Security

Award Recognizes Leadership in Advancing Video Surveillance Storage Technology and Highlights Visionary Xcellis Solution

Bangalore – Quantum Corp. today announced it received the Innovative Security Products award for the newXcellis™ high-performance scale-out tiered storage solution at the 2015 Top 10 Innovative Security Products Award Ceremony. The award recognizes companies advancing the state of the art in storage technologies designed to enhance security.

Explosive Growth in Video Surveillance Storage

The video surveillance market has seen rapid change and growth in the last year with the accelerated adoption of high-definition cameras, longer retention times for video-based data and the implementation of sophisticated analytical tools. Yet, tight budgets and high storage costs have forced security managers to make difficult trade-offs effecting their security mission. The need for an intelligent, scalable platform to store, manage and protect video data efficiently and cost-effectively to maximize its value has never been greater.

Xcellis Scale-out Storage Designed for Video Surveillance and Security Applications

Quantum, through its Xcellis scale-out storage solution, provides a simple-to-manage surveillance storage foundation that can grow under a single file system designed specifically for video applications. This foundation enables a tiered approach to storage architectures for surveillance and security applications, which leverages high-performance disk, high-capacity disk, file-based tape and the cloud. The tiered system enables customers to meet their total capacity needs more cost-effectively and optimize their storage infrastructure based on budget, retention policies and access requirements, yet make it easy to manage under a single file system, reducing IT intervention and management costs.

The Top 10 Innovative Security Products Award Ceremony focuses on the latest innovations in public security solutions in China. Hosted by the Shenzhen Security and Protection Industry Association,, China Public Security Magazine and journalists of Smart China, this year’s event took place Jan. 7 at Window of the World in Shenzhen, China.

Supporting Quotes

·         Yan Jun, Manager of Public Security Industry Association and CPS Magazine: “We are honored to recognize Quantum by awarding them a 2015 Top 10 Innovative Security Products award. Quantum Xcellis scale-out storage helps organizations in China capture more video surveillance video at higher resolutions while substantially reducing costs.”

·         Wayne Arvidson, Vice President, Surveillance and Security Solutions, Quantum: “Customers who adopt intelligent, scalable storage as the foundation of their new surveillance and security system leave more budget for cameras, analytics and other tools focused on the mission of protecting people and property.”

Additional Resources

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HID Global Opens World-class Design Center in India

Bangalore, INDIA, June 19 – HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced the opening of its design center in Chennai, India that enables the company to deliver more comprehensive product development for customers. The design center features 10,000 square feet of R&D facility space in the Tamarai Technology Park.

The state-of-art facility represents a significant investment in HID Global’s ongoing advancements in delivery performance and product quality. The center will accelerate the development of new features and capabilities for Genuine HID® products and reduce time to market for new products. It also features validation and verification service for all electronic and software products and services.

“The new center in Chennai is a critical part of HID Global’s long term growth strategy in emerging markets. It will also play a vital role in developing key secure identity technologies across HID Global’s business portfolio”, said Darren Learmonth, Global Vice President, Engineering with HID Global.

“Chennai is an ideal location for our new engineering facility due to the software development talent in the region,” said Manish Misra, Center Head India & Senior Director of Engineering with HID Global. “The new design center will also provide us an excellent platform for scaling our operations in order to continually build upon our market leadership position delivering innovative secure identity solutions.”

Fully operational by Q4 2015, the center will primarily focus on government ID, physical access and portal / cloud-based solutions and later will extend capability to embedded, web and mobile application software engineering development. The design center team will closely collaborate with engineering centers in Europe and United States on various development programs as well as customer centric solutions.

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HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions, and know-how related to the creation, management, and use of secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The company’s served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company’s primary brands include ActivID®, EasyLobby®, FARGO®, IdenTrust®, LaserCard®, Lumidigm®, Quantum Secure and HID®. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 2,200 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit

Embedded Safety and Security Summit 2015 addresses key safety and security practices across industries

Chalks out a concrete action plan through its ‘Certification Ecosystem Development Program’

LDRA Team at ESSS 2015

Bangalore, India: 17 June 2015: LDRA Technology Pvt. Ltd., a global provider of software analysis, test and requirements traceability tools for both public and private sectors, together with its partners, hosted the Embedded Safety and Security Summit (ESSS) 2015 today at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bengaluru. The summit offered opinions from government representatives, industry leaders, aviation and defense representatives on the issues and opportunities relating to efforts to boost safety and security practices in the domestic market in relation to production and manufacturing capabilities. The summit also chalked out a concrete action plan to address India’s Safety and Security issues through its ‘Certification Ecosystem Development Program’ (CEDP).

The summit opened with a discussion on “Inspiring Safe and Secure Designs”. Veteran speakers from the industry expressed their views and highlighted the need for an internationally acceptable, systems driven, automated process of Aircraft Certification Management. The process of Systems Safety Assessment plays a major role in overall safety enforcement and hence the consensus was that before implementing complex electronic systems into our defence and critical sectors it was first important to consider the security implications.

Ian Hennell, US Operations Director, LDRA – USA, added, “A world-class embedded safety and security system is the ‘need of the hour’ for Indian companies. This will enable them to recognize and offer compelling solutions on the growth prospects of the embedded safety and security systems in India. It is important for the companies to meet the applicable global regulatory guidelines such that they can then tap into the wider international aerospace markets. ’Make in India’ is a great initiative by the Government of India. This will definitely create immense opportunities for Indian companies to showcase their design and manufacturing capabilities on a global platform.”

Adding to ESSS 2015, Shinto Joseph, Operations and Sales Director, LDRA India, said, “This year ESSS has a larger initiative with the introduction of – CEDP, launched by LDRA and its industry partners. ESSS 2015 has received an overwhelming response, with more than 700 delegates participating in the summit. Enthusiasm among the participants further displayed the need and scope of an international embedded system in India. We have already made headway with the introduction of CEDP, together with premier industry bodies IESA and SIATI. The regulatory, research and development and the academic communities can work to further strengthen their position within the value chain by collaborating with the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and practicing rigid security and safety policies.”

CEDP through the ESSS conference website will further encourage partners and global audiences to exchange their opinions and views on a common platform.

In addition, CEDP comprises several other components such as the LDRA Academic Alliance Program (LAAP) in which LDRA will work with leading Indian universities to build a curriculum aimed at educating engineering students and building a competitive and experienced workforce. This is coupled with LDRA’s Competency Centre (LCC) which will serve as a world-class training center for safety and security practices. Under the wing of Safety and Security Practice, LDRA will launch an advisory service, aimed at helping companies to adapt to world-class practices. The summit also featured eminent speakers from the Indian Navy, Nuclear Power Corporation of India, IBM,  Dell, Texas Instruments, Test and Verification Solutions Limited, ANSYS-Esterel Technologies, Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Green Hills Software, SIR Fourth Paradigm Institute (CSIT- 4PI), and NAL. The discussion focused on the ways industry players are practicing to upscale their manufacturing and design capabilities.

There is a significant growth opportunity for Indian companies to enter international markets. The embedded system market is projected to triple in size to about $14.4 billion in 2015 from $4.95 billion in 2009. In particular with the recent news that the Government of India has opened up the defense sector for private investment by raising the cap on foreign direct investment to 49%. Globally also the size of the market was valued at USD 121 billion in 2011, and this is expected to reach USD 194.27 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2012 to 2018.


Biomatiques Launches India’s First Indigenous Iris Recognition Technology at Fingerprint Technology Price


– First Indian company to receive prestigious STQC for Iris Scanners from DeitY 

Bangalore, 19th March, 2015; Biomatiques Identification Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (Biomatiques) launched India’s first indigenous Iris recognition technology through their revolutionary range of Iris scanning products in Bangalore today. The Guest of Honor for the launch was Mr .Vasudev Surabhi   Associate  Vice President – Sales , Tech Mahindra . A pioneer in the Iris recognition field, Biomatiques is the first Indian company to receive the prestigious Standardization Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) for their Iris scanners from the STQC Directorate,Department of Electronics and Information Technology(DeitY), New Delhi.  The robust Iris technology is the most trusted form of identity authentication and as affordable as fingerprint technology.

Mr. Tamaal Roy, CEO, Biomatiques, introduced the path-breaking Iris technology and said, “Our indigenization has helped us bring down the cost of Iris authentication to match fingerprint authentication. With our vision of ‘Total Security’, we aim to completely replace fingerprint authentication which is error-prone. The applications for this technology are varied, and we are expecting this price revolution to change the security mindset in India and the globe completely. The awarded STQC Department of IT allows connection of our Iris scanners to the Aadhaar database also.”

Iris recognition method is an automated form of biometric identification that uses mathematical pattern-recognition techniques on video images of one or both of the irises of an individual’s eyes, whose complex random patterns are unique, stable, and can be seen from some distance.An iris-recognition algorithm can identify up to 250 identification points including rings, furrows and freckles within the iris. Some of these Iris scanners can capture the Iris image from a distance of two meters and authenticate the Iris.  The Iris technology is user-friendly, contactless, glitch- free, long-lasting and almost impossible to deceive. Due to its robustness,

ease, cost effectiveness, the technology can used in all areas of identity assurance environments, from border control to access control,from transportation to law.

Mr. Roy averred, “The cost and security advantage has been the core of our development for over two years. Matching Iris technology costs to the currently available fingerprint recognition technology will cause a revolution in the field of biometric authentication and allow everyone to be more secure without extra cost.”

The new range of identification solutions products from Biomatiques comes with assured reliability and this revolutionary technology is set to replace all other forms of security systems as the most secure form of identity assurance.

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