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#TechFightsCOVID19: Staqu Leads The Way In Assisting Enforcement Authorities In Tracking Essential Service Providers & AI based Community Screening

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India is currently under a complete lockdown as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of COVID19. The death toll has crossed 100 , and 4,500+ cases. When the lockdown was initially announced, there was considerable confusion over procurement of essential items and movement across towns and cities for medical emergencies, so the government authorities stated they would issue ‘curfew passes’ for those involved in the delivery and procurement of essential services and items. Gurugram-based startup Staqu was able to largely help with the rapid dispensing of e-passes, using AI. Another one of their landmark projects was with the UP Govt, which uses Staqu’s AI-based video analytics platform to monitor CCTV cameras in prisons across the state for thermal screening of the prisoners. Now, the...

Remote Work Playbook by ThoughtWorks

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ThoughtWorks has together a Remote Work Playbook to help the industry and our clients to navigate the transition to remote work. In the current health climate, the need to work remotely – while continuing to successfully deliver – is more pressing than ever before. At ThoughtWorks, the last two decades have allowed us to gain experience in remote working at a rather more leisurely pace. We’ve set up many cross-continental development teams, and we run most of our business with global teams. Many of us are used to working more from our home than any single ThoughtWorks office.  We’ve put together this document to try to pass on what we’ve learned, in the hope, it will be useful for those hurtling down that path now.  However, it is important to stress s...

An Analysis of Coronavirus outbreak: How would a Prolonged shutdown affect the Indian Market?

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The Covid-19 has now fully embedded in the economic system if not the society to a great extent. The government has ordered a shutdown across the country as a preventive measure, which will soon affect each individual directly as well as indirectly. Based on what has happened in other nations, it can be inferred that nothing much can be done and that the economic effects will be much more serious depending on how long the virus proliferates. At best, the government and central bank will try to relieve misery but cannot provide a solution and the economic impact would be profound. Let’s understand the effect that the dangerous virus has on every sector: The GDP growth and growth would be on the bed rest At a very specific point, a single day of a full shutdown involving zero productio...

2-Year Blueprint for Organizations During and Post Covid-19

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2020 has brought a new level of challenges for economies around the world, more like the climax of an impending recession brewing up throughout 2019. With the seemingly unending Covid-19 pandemic – individuals, organizations, nations – everyone is affected. A global demand slowdown is imminent, India has been experiencing it for quite some time now. The good news is, that this too shall pass. Winston Churchill is credited with first saying “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, while approaching the end of World War II. Leaders have an important role to play right now. You are expected to carry a positive and progressive mindset and act with integrity, grace and poise while navigating the challenges that lay ahead. You must leverage this crisis to create a strong foundation for...

Summary of Advisories issued by Central Government during Covid19 Outbreak

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In the wake of the Covid19 outbreak in India, NASSCOM has been liaising with various Departments and Ministries of the Government of India, keeping safety, outbreak mitigation and business continuity for the industry as a priority. Summary of important advisories issues by Central Government is as follows: Relaxation of Work from Home (WFH) norms under Other Service Providers (OSP) Regime Department of Telecommunications (DOT), vide notification (No. 18-5/2015-CS-I) dated 13th March 2020, amended the terms and conditions related to WFH for OSP. These amendments are in line with NASSCOM recommendations, which are as follows: The condition related to bank guarantee is now removed The condition related to requirement of establishing connectivity through PPVPN has also been relaxed and organiz...

Technological solutions to fight against Coronavirus

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Amidst this pandemic, everybody is standing united to fight against COVID-19. Irrespective of their professions people are coming together to build technologies that can help in fighting against COVID-19. Everybody is trying their best to contribute to society in one way or the other. From government to start-ups no stone is left unturned to save the humans from this contagious disease. From COVID-19 detecting device to Chabot providing assistance and Robots are being introduced so that the onus on the doctors and police force is mitigated. This time Startups are being looked forward to,  for providing innovative and useful solutions to the problems caused by COVID-19. Taking a look at some of the technologies that are being introduced in these strenuous days:- 1. MyGov corona helpdesk has...

Equipment Maintenance Still Required During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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In times of stress, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, some will jettison established procedures in an attempt to cut short term costs to manage quarterly profitability.  Management may be thinking that, since we have less activity, we don’t need maintenance.  But this approach is short sighted and positions the company for chaos and failure when recovery occurs. Panic Creates Chaos – Especially with Maintenance Nearly all businesses have essential assets for producing the goods and services that provide revenue.  Among firms currently experiencing a rapid decline in revenues with the COVID-19 pandemic, management feels extreme urgency – some would call it panic – to cut costs.  Since activity is low, there is a temptation to eliminate maintenance. Unplanned Downtime Leads to Lost R...

This time will never come back,reset and reinvent yourself!

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March 2020 will forever be remembered in History as the month that brought the entire world to a standstill. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm and has already been declared an unprecedented event in the history of mankind. It has forced us all to modify our lifestyle – from the way we live, to the way we learn, to the way we conduct our business. In these times of global crisis while almost all the businesses around the world have suffered, there are some companies which continue to function in high spirits and but also keep the engagement levels high in these times of isolation.One such company is SpeakIn, backed by some of the finest thought leaders around the world, is determined to not just persist, but also to keep the people informed and educated about the happenings...

Mobile Security – A Growing Concern For Businesses & The Impact Of Pandemics

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“Mobile device productivity comes at a price — increased security risks.” As mobile security threats are escalating in number as well as evolving in scope, both individuals and enterprises need to understand common threat vectors and prepare for the next generation of malicious activities. Presently, there are more than 6.8 billion smartphone users in the world. As our dependency on mobile devices increases over time, so does the data security and thus, the motivation for cybercriminals. The rapidly growing global momentum of mobile usage has made “mobile security” more critical than ever. It is astonishing to know that mobile accounts for approximately half of the web traffic across the globe. In the fourth quarter of 2019, mobile devices (not including tablets) generated 52.6% of global ...

What enabled IT Industry to work efficiently from home during this lockdown situation?

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The pandemic COVID-19 not only brought a chaotic situation to human health but also to the country’s economy too. Due to the lockdown of various large to small size industries, our country’s economy is facing the worst phase in the decade. But, few industries like Information Technology (IT) are able to keep up their productivity even in this crisis time. Their way of working and dealing with clients has enabled them to perform such difficult tasks easily. But, the question is, how are they managing such huge operations remotely yet efficiently. Well, here are the ways that will help you understand IT industries efficient remote working procedure. Strategic ways through which IT industry is performing WFH Technologies: Technology has always been a savior during life-threatening situations....

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