Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces the launch of The Center of Excellence (CoE) for IoT in Bengaluru as a part of the Digital India initiative. This will enable rapid adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology and cater a new growth strategy as well as empower India to have a leap-frog advantage in the sector. The CoE is a joint venture of National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and Education and Research Network (ERNET). The Government will provide the seed fund and will be managed by NASSCOM.
NASSCOM will engage itself in creating and supporting a physical lab infrastructure to build an eco-system for budding entrepreneurs to support new age technologies and access to researchers, industry and other stake holders. In India IoT can be used as a solution to address issues like transport system, parking, electricity, waste management and women’s safety to create smart cities and smart health services.
Talking about the initiative, R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM says, “The ambitious plan of the Government being established in collaboration with the industry will create an inclusive ecosystem for budding entrepreneurs and organization to leverage new age technologies and access to researchers, industry and other stake holders. This Center of Excellence will act as an innovation accelerator to explore product ideas and establish high end technologies to support government initiatives using IoT in areas like water, energy, agriculture, crime, safety and health”.
“The technology industry is rapidly moving towards convergence of software and hardware. And this phenomenon is leading to the development some of the innovative products and solutions that will change the way we look at the world. NASSCOM welcomes the government in this partnership of setting up this Centre of Excellence and firmly believes that such initiatives will lead India in next phase of growth and excellence,” says BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, NASSCOM.
The Karnataka Government will be the partner state and it will set up the first 40 seater CoE facility in Bangalore which will be located along with NASSCOM 10000 startup warehouse. It will be used as a testing facility for prototypes of concepts. Furthermore, the initiative aims to create a cluster of 5 CoEs across India.