Mahindra Electric Promotes the Cause of Sustainable Mobility on World Earth Day

Organizes ‘Electric Drive’ with its EV fleet in Delhi, Pune & Bengaluru 

From LtoR Praveen Salins, Sanjay Krishnan and Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra ElectricBengaluru, April 22, 2017: Mahindra Electric, part of the diversified USD 17.8 billion Mahindra Group and a pioneer in the development and production of electric vehicles in India, today organised the ‘Electric Drive’ with its electric vehicle fleet on the occasion of the World Earth Day. A unique customer engagement initiative aimed at encouraging a clean drive for a greener and better today and tomorrow, the drive was organized in Delhi, Pune and Bengaluru.

A cavalcade of around 77 electric vehicles from the Mahindra Electric stable, which included the e2o and the e2oPlus drove around Bengaluru spreading the message of conserving the Earth and making it a better place to stay. The idea was to encourage people to go green by switching to a zero emissions car.

Speaking on the occasion, Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric said, “As a responsible corporate citizen and the pioneer of electric vehicles in India, we take it upon us to spread the awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles. There could not be a better opportunity to do this than the World Earth Day.  At Mahindra Electric we will continue to uphold the cause of sustainable mobility and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles to outsmart pollution. After all it is about a change for a cleaner smarter and greener today and tomorrow.”

Since 2013 Mahindra Electric has negated over 5,200 tonnes of tailpipe emissions with its all electric cars.

 

NI and AT&T Collaborate on One of the World’s Fastest mmWave Channel Sounders for 5G

New System Provides Measurements of mmWave Spectrum in Milliseconds 

Bengaluru, India, April 13, 2017 – NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, and AT&T* (NYSE: T) today announced their collaboration on one of the world’s fastest and most accurate tools for 5G  Millimeter Wave (mmWave) channel characterization.

mmWave frequencies look to play a big role in the future of 5G. They have already been earmarked by the FCC, 3GPP and other standardization bodies for 5G mobile networks. Channel measurements capture how wireless signals are affected in a given environment. For instance, channel measurements can show how signals reflect off of, or are blocked by, objects, such as trees, buildings, cars and even people.

Wireless channel characterization is very important for wireless researchers defining 5G technologies as it will help lay the foundation for the architecture and design of these new wireless networks. AT&T and NI believe this work will likely play a role in AT&T’s future 5G deployment, through the creation of accurate models that help map out the details of where AT&T places its network equipment to provide customers with the best possible mobile experience.

“Utilizing mmWave spectrum for mobile 5G presents many challenges which we believe can be solved,” said Marachel Knight, senior vice president of wireless network architecture and design, AT&T. “We identified early on that designing and real-time monitoring of mmWave spectrum needs to be much more precise than today’s cellular systems. With the help of NI’s flexible hardware and software platform, AT&T developed a new type of channel sounder and we’re using it to develop highly-advanced models that will work for our network.”

Nicknamed internally within AT&T as the “Porcupine,” the channel sounder is the first of its kind and is proprietary to AT&T. It provides real-time channel parameter measurement and monitoring capability. The channel sounder, designed by AT&T, utilizes an architecture based on NI’s mmWave Transceiver System. This one-of-a-kind design provides several key advantages. It allows angle-of-arrival (AoA) measurements that would typically take 15 minutes or more to be completed (using pan-tilt units) to be performed within 150 milliseconds and display the results in real-time.

The channel sounder uniquely captures channel measurements where all the data is acquired and processed in real-time. Other channel sounding approaches capture raw data and post process to characterize the channel while only giving one-measurement every 15 minutes. The “Porcupine” on the other hand can provide about 6,000 measurements in that time. It’s like capturing 15-minutes of action with a video instead of a still photo. A video tells the whole story, while a photo just shows a moment.

The capability of real-time measurement eliminates the need to repeat experiments or to adjust the equipment to take multiple measurements from one location.  Since parameter extraction is done in real-time, the integrity of collected data can also be evaluated in real-time. Thus inaccurate data can be replaced immediately with a new set of measurements at the time of evaluation. Using other approaches, an entire evaluation day could potentially be lost if the collected data is post-processed.

To AT&T and NI’s knowledge, the speed and accuracy of this mmWave channel sounder makes it uniquely capable of making fast measurements of a channel. Thus, for example, the “Porcupine” allows the measurement of 5G mmWave frequencies via drive testing. This capability has previously remained out of reach for other mmWave channel sounders. As the 5G ecosystem looks at new use cases for 5G such as assisted driving, connected car, self-driving cars and more, the ability to study and model vehicular channels will become ever more critical.

“The NI mmWave Transceiver System and LabVIEW system design software enabled AT&T and NI to define and develop a channel measurement system unmatched in the industry today,” said James Kimery, director of RF research and SDR marketing at NI. “The combination of PXIe and LabVIEW FPGA provided the bandwidth, data and signal processing capability, and flexibility necessary to meet the requirements of mmWave and expedite 5G deployment.”

V-Guard launches ‘Smart DUPS’(Inverters) – the first Intelligent Digital UPS(Inverter) in India

The Smart new DUPS(Inverter) for the Smart New Generation

Bangalore, April 7th, 2017: V-Guard Industries Ltd., India’s leading consumer electrical and electronics major, after the success of its Smart Water Heater, launched the country’s first ever Smart DUPS (Inverter) in the city today.

Launch of V-Guard Smart Inverter

The Smart- DUPS (Inverter) that comes with 9 Smart Features is the first ever in the country that allows you to manage it across various functions with your mobile phone.  In a country that is often marred with power cuts, the need for a stable and reliable inverter often results in consumers purchasing big and bulky inverters, which also results in unpredictable batteries, messy wires and a lot more. To address this need and make life simpler, V-Guard after a lot of research brings to you an Inverter that can be easily controlled through your smartphone. Just download the app from the play store and get going. You scan the QR code from the packaging and register the product. Using smart technology to drive a connected world, the app allows consumers to turn it on/ off, know the DUPS battery usage & back up, control the performance levels basis the appliances you want to use, Run high-intensity appliances like iron, coffee maker, grinder, toaster/roti maker, hair dryer and more on lower capacity inverter models for short spurts of time during emergencies, mute the annoying buzzers apart from enabling a super charge mode to ensure longer back up during emergency situations.

The app is also equipped with a special Holiday mode to allow you to save power while you are off on a vacation. Complaints can be registered through the App by a single click which will notify the customer service centre who will attend the problem immediately without having the Service Engineer even visit your home.

“The company recently completed 40 years in the business and aims to grow its Smart appliances portfolio with many more such products. We launched the highly successful, Smart Water heater last year and this year we are bringing the Smart DUPS series to our consumers. V-Guard is known for its extremely stable and sturdy Inverters and what better than to launch the country’s first Smart inverter in our 40th year of business. The future of the urban home is clearly a connected and networked one, hence we hope this DUPS  will live up to the expectations of our consumers across.” Said the Managing Director, Mr Mithun Chittilappilly, V-Guard Industries Ltd.

Speaking on similar lines, the Chief Operating Officer, Mr V. Ramachandran said “The app lets you monitor the performance of the device, control its performance according to your usage and also allows you to run your various small appliances using lower capacity models.  This is a Bluetooth enabled inverter that connects with your smartphone enabling you control everything with the touch of a button.”

The DUPS will be priced between 10,900 – 18990 and will be available at all leading electronic, electrical , home appliances, and Battery stores in the South to start with.

MAHINDRA PARTNERS AND EIGHT ROADS VENTURES LEAD $21 MILLION SERIES B ROUND IN MEDWELL VENTURES

Bangalore, April 5, 2017: Medwell Ventures Private Limited, the operator of Nightingales specialty home healthcare services in India, today announced a $21 million Series B investment round led by Mahindra Partners with participation from existing investors, Eight Roads Ventures and US-based F-Prime Capital Partners, alongside early angel investors and the founders. This is the first investment by Mahindra Partners in the healthcare sector, where the company intends to have a greater participation going forward.

Medwell Receives series B funding

The Nightingales Home Healthcare business has grown rapidly from a single branch in Bangalore in 2014 to 13 branches across 4 cities with a full-time team of over 1000 medical, paramedical and healthcare professionals. This expansion was funded by a $10 million Series A round led by Eight Roads Ventures in May 2015. The company has established a leadership position in specialty-led home healthcare delivery, providing out-of-hospital care plans for patients with chronic diseases. Nightingales currently serves Mumbai, Bt angalore, Hyderabad and Pune, with plans to build its network across 10 metro clusters in India.  The company has cumulatively raised about $35m across its seed, series A and series B rounds.  The company is promoted by a highly experienced team of healthcare professionals including Vishal Bali, Chairman; Dr Ferzaan Engineer, Joint Chairman; Lalit Pai, CEO, and Himanshu Shah, CFO.

“Over the last 2 years we have not only scaled our presence in multiple cities but have also built a strong foundation for rapid expansion. We are witnessing strong consumer demand for our services in our current markets and this investment will accelerate our growth in the next 4 years” said Lalit Pai, CEO, Nightingales Home Health Services

Nightingales Home Healthcare Services provides over 25,000 services each month and plans to support more than 1 million patients in the next few years. The Nightingales team comprises doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, speech therapists, and trained bedside paramedical caregivers specializing in chronic care disease management. They develop care plans for chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure, stroke management, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis with health outcomes being monitored through a validated protocol-driven approach. The company’s focus on new models of care has also led to the start of an innovative home dentistry program. Nightingales has established relationships with key medical technology providers and invested substantively in ramping its information technology including the Nightingales patient app and electronic medical records for patients.

Commenting on the investment, Zhooben Bhiwandiwala, President – Mahindra Partners, said “Our aim is to build and grow great companies. The demand for home delivery of chronic care services is slated to continue to increase. The healthcare sector has tremendous growth potential and we will continue to play a more active role in the industry. We are very pleased to partner with the Nightingales team and wish them great success”.

 “We continue to be impressed by Medwell’s strong focus on execution; building on foundations of clinically driven holistic home care, an enabling technology backbone, and the highest levels of corporate governance. Eight Roads is delighted to continue its partnership with the company and welcomes Mahindra Partners to join this exciting growth story,” said Dr Prem Pavoor, Partner, Eight Roads Ventures.

 “We took an early position in creating a clinically driven home healthcare model. The closure of this round cements our conviction behind this opportunity to create India’s leading company in this space. In partnership with our world-class investors and the talented Nightingales team, we are confident about leading a paradigm shift in healthcare delivery in India,” said Vishal Bali and Dr Ferzaan Engineer.

For more information, please visit http://nightingales.in/

GODADDY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE BUILDER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN INDIA

  • Mobile friendly website builder to help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow their ventures online
  • Create a powerful website in under an hour, available free for one month 

New Delhi, March 29, 2017 – GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced the launch of GoDaddy’s new Website Builder combining a mobile optimized website builder with an integrated set of marketing and e-commerce tools, making it easy for small businesses in India to attract visitors and drive results.

Easy to use and affordable, the new website builder enables a small business, to design a fully functional and professional website in just under an hour with no technical expertise, even using their smartphone. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder features an integrated suite of online tools to help small businesses and entrepreneurs create an audience for their business and drive traffic to their website. Considering that internet access in India is mobile-first, websites created on GoDaddy’s new Website Builder are built from the ground up to be fully responsive on phones and tablets, in addition to laptops and desktops. Customers can choose from more than 1,500 ideas or industries with robust support from GoDaddy’s award-winning customer care to assist customers, as they build out their digital presence.

According to a recent GoDaddy[1] survey in India, small businesses perceive setting up a website and selling online to be complex and something that requires deep technical expertise. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder enables users to design a professional looking website by simply typing in their name and industry or an idea, and get a near-complete website, populated with relevant sections and professional images. Powered by smart algorithms and machine learning, the website builder helps customers with continuous activity updates and ways to improve results and evolve their businesses throughout their lifecycles.

“GoDaddy’s new Website Builder is an innovative website building solution that is fundamentally changing the approach to website creation and is helping customers get noticed, reach larger audiences, and help drive sales,” said Andrew Low Ah Kee, Executive Vice President, GoDaddy International. “In India, over 34 million small businesses are still offline[2] as a result of the belief that they need technical expertise and not yet recognizing benefits of being visible online. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder is designed to help small businesses in India create a professional online identity with ease, helping to grow their business online.” 

Key features of the new Website Builder:

  • Easy to get started: Fully responsive and easy to use, the new Website Builder ensures a mobile friendly experience that lets small businesses focus on achieving their goals, rather than worry about the site designs. Its intuitive user interface helps anyone, from a restaurant owner or a home entrepreneur to a design beginner, to easily customize and update their sites on the go. The new website builder lets you publish the website with instant auto-SSL encryption ensuring easy setup process.
  • Smart algorithms and machine learning: The website builder surfaces insights and actions for the users to help them achieve their goals. For instance, upon logging in, customers receive engagement and activity updates to improve results in a dashboard view. Advice ranging from attaching their website to a social network to developing a geographic-targeted Facebook advertising campaign will be shared with the users to amplify their online presence and reach more audiences to drive real results.
  • Online store to grow ventures: With online shoppers in India set to cross 100 million mark in 2017[3], the ability to be able to trade online is most important of any small business. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder’s integrated Online Store includes everything needed to set up an ecommerce platform, with a focus on driving sales. New improvements allow customers to make purchases swiftly with a streamlined mobile checkout with reduced taps and swipes. GoDaddy’s Website Builder’s integrated product and inventory management capability helps in further simplifying the selling experience. 
  • Integrated marketing solutions: The new Website Builder with integrated marketing features enables small businesses to quickly improve their Google search rankings and help jumpstart email marketing campaigns. This means even those with no email marketing experience can powerfully engage with both existing and potential customers.
  • Social media integration: Social integration allows users to link their website to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, integrating social media capabilities into their marketing campaigns.

The new Website Builder is available in four different pricing options following a one month free trial:

  • Personal – INR 99/month
  • Business – INR 479/month
  • Business Plus – INR 679/month
  • Online Store – INR 999/month

To learn more about GoDaddy’s Website Builder, visit: https://in.godaddy.com/websites/website-builder 

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NI Demonstrates World’s First Real-Time Over-the-Air Prototype for Verizon 5G at 28 GHz

Prototype achieves 5 Gbit/s peak data rates, scalable to over 20 Gbit/s 

Bangalore, India – March 22, 2017 – NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, today gave the world’s first public demonstration at 28 GHz of a real-time, over-the-air prototype aligned with the Verizon 5G specification at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) in San Francisco. The system uses OFDM with eight component carriers in a 2×2 downlink MU-MIMO configuration with hybrid beamforming and a self-contained subframe, yielding a 5 Gbit/s peak throughput, and is scalable to over 20 Gbit/s with eight MIMO streams.

Verizon announced the availability of its 5G Technology Forum specification in 2015. Although the industry is developing products and technologies to conform to the standard, no public over-the-air demonstrations have occurred at 28 GHz until now.

Developers built the prototype using NI’s mmWave Transceiver System with a new version of the RF mmWave heads operating at 28 GHz and phased array antennas developed by Anokiwave and Ball Aerospace. The 28 GHz frequency band is significant because Verizon and its partners designated it for deployment in the United States. The prototype system was completely written with LabVIEW system design software and features fully modifiable real-time code for both the base station and the user equipment (UE or CPE).

“This prototype demonstrates the power of the NI platform,” said James Kimery, director of RF research and SDR marketing at NI. “Researchers can take advantage of the combination of hardware and software to rapidly prototype new wireless standards and iterate quickly to reduce time to results. They can now prototype and test the Verizon 5G specification and move immediately to 5G New Radio once the standard stabilizes.”

Flipkart and Microsoft forge cloud partnership to expand e-commerce in India

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Bangalore, February 27th, 2017: Today Microsoft and Flipkart, India’s leading marketplace, announced a strategic partnership to provide consumers in India with the best online shopping service. As a first step in the broad collaboration between the two companies, Flipkart will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal announced the news today at an event in Bangalore.

“At Microsoft, we aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organization with technology and key to this is forging strategic partnerships with innovative companies like Flipkart,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Combining Microsoft’s cloud platform and AI capabilities with Flipkart’s existing services and data assets, will enable Flipkart to accelerate its digital transformation in e-commerce and deliver new customer experiences.”

“Flipkart has always been committed to its vision of transforming commerce in India through technology. Given Microsoft’s strong reputation in cloud computing, coupled with scale and reliability, this partnership allows us to leverage our combined strength and knowledge of technology, e-commerce and markets to make online shopping more relevant and enriching for customers,” said Binny Bansal, Group CEO and Co-Founder, Flipkart.

Launched in 2007, Flipkart has amassed unparalleled scale in India through customer-centric innovations that have made online shopping a seamless, accessible and affordable experience for over 100 million Indians. Its innovative disruptions like cash on delivery, No cost EMI, Product Exchange, easy returns, same day delivery and instant refunds have paved the way for the e-commerce market in India.

Starting with computing infrastructure, Microsoft Azure will ultimately add a layer of advanced cloud technologies and analytics to Flipkart’s existing data centres. Microsoft’s strong presence in India along with its global scale allows for continued growth and expansion, setting the stage for the long-term partnership.

Flipkart plans to leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics capabilities in Azure, such as Cortana Intelligence Suite and Power BI, to optimize its data for innovative merchandising, advertising, marketing and customer service. With powerful insights about its business and new, intelligent services, Flipkart can deliver increasingly relevant and personalized experiences to its customers.