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Easyport – Trying to solve for freight issues in agriculture and MSMEs with one click truck booking service!

During the NIPP challenge in June 2019, I met a start-up whose founder a passionate engineering student from Bhopal was keen on solving the freight issues faced by agriculture and MSMEs. And he seems to be solving it with his freight mobility application ‘Easyport’, which was launched in February 2019. This young student entrepreneur is Atharva Kulkarni, founder of SmartUp, whose EasyPort app is trying to solve the truck booking (freight) problems for agriculture and MSMEs in tier 2, 3 & 4.   The Indian Freight Market In India, road remains the most preferred mode of travel despite its notional cost disadvantage, considering it is more reliable compared to rail and waterways. Though the demand for road freight is high and increasing, on the supply side the market is highly fragmented w...

Mobycy – Solving the last mile connectivity

Public transport across urban cities has seen inclusion of a variety of modes of transport over the last decade shifting from just buses and autos, to metros and cabs. Of all these metro is the most green and congestion free mode of public transport. Last Mile Connectivity – A key deterrent for growth of metro ridership However, despite it being the most comfortable and cost effective mode of public transport (after ride hailing cabs especially for longer distances), the revolution has just begun. The metro networks in Lucknow, Jaipur, Kochi and Chennai have been criticized for attracting much lower ridership than originally estimated — less than a tenth of the projections. Also, the story in Delhi is no different despite a good ridership, as it still falls behind the projections. “A metro...

Sixth Sensor – Working towards a better road safety

A father and son duo were inspired to look for safety solutions for the Indian market when a young son meets an accident in the US and is saved because of the safety systems in the vehicle in 2012. That’s the story of Paritosh Dagli and Rajesh Dagli who have designed Sixth Sensor – India’s first Collison avoidance system. “The goal was to have a safety system for all kinds of vehicles in India, it all started with a collision warning system that detects obstacles on the road, and starts alarming the driver to keep a safe distance, the system is approved by ARAI Pune. We wanted to keep it as an aftermarket system and not an OEM system so that it could be retrofitted in any vehicle. However, we soon realized that just a warning system was not enough, and thus we graduated to a collisio...

Beyond The Lab: Smart Cities

Hello, there from Beyond the Lab! So, here’s one about Smart Cities. The Government announced 100 cities as Smart Cities – and there’s been hectic activity in this space. Our short video takes a look at this space. Would love to know what you think. Do drop in your comments or email at samiran.ghosh@humminglive.com

Electric Bus Battery Leasing Raises Municipal Adoption

Electrification is one of the most significant trends in transport today.  Lower maintenance costs, more efficient operation, and zero tailpipe emissions among many other benefits have led to an accelerating adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) for road transport needs.  When it comes to promising use cases, electrified urban buses lead the way, but can be a difficult investment for operators to make.  In this post, I will be discussing how electric bus battery leasing can help cities make the transition. Advantages of Electric Buses To start, electric powertrains have lower energy costs on a per-mile basis than internal combustion engines.  They convert energy into motion more efficiently, with today’s electric buses attaining the miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) of around five times the...

Beyond The Lab: 3D Printing

Hello, there from Beyond the Lab! So, here’s one about 3D printing. 3D printing has been around for a few years – but quietly, over the past year – has been notching up some pioneering wins. Our short video takes a look at this space. Would love to know what you think. Do email at samiran.ghosh@humminglive.com or reach out to us at https://bit.ly/2EPPUNs    

LTTS’ DC-DC Power Converter Boasts High Efficiency with Scalability and High-Power Density Over Wide Load Range

Direct current (DC) is making a comeback with the rise of solar PV, storage batteries, wind turbines, and electric vehicles.  This gamut of new devices however has different voltage needs, and converters are essential for stepping-up or stepping-down the voltage level depending on specific requirements.  The DC-DC power converter has, as a result, become a major part of the innovation race, where reliable and high-performance power supplies are paramount.  In addition to conversion efficiency, industry leaders are also demanding leaner form factors for such devices. Problem: Even the best-in class DC-DC power converters lack efficiency and have poor performance, and their large size also poses a challenge.  Although their bulkiness serves to compensate for the inefficient power conversion ...

AI, Robotics, and LPWANs Offer Digital Transformation Solutions for Water Utilities

Digital transformation and next-generation computing technologies are providing solutions to the massive water and wastewater infrastructure problems that continue to handicap utilities in their ongoing battle to fix leaks, upgrade piping networks and reduce nonrevenue water losses. There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year in the US, wasting over two trillion gallons of treated drinking water. On average, severe water leaks cause $200,000 worth of infrastructure damage per incident. The American Water Works Association estimates that the cost of restoring underground pipes in America will total at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years. ARC has just published our market analysis report for the SCADA for water and wastewater market for 2018, and in this blog, we highlight...

The Seven Impactful Technologies of a Smart City

In our previous post, The Nine Critical Applications of a Smart City we examined the functional responsibilities of a city as well as the expectations and needs of citizens and the business community. We defined these as: The Built Environment Energy Infrastructure Telecommunications for Citizens and Businesses Transportation Water and Wastewater Health and Human Services Public Safety Payments and Finance Waste Management In this post we’ll examine the foundational technologies used to achieve dramatic improvements in features, efficiency and cost effectiveness in each of those domains. 1. Instrumentation and Control Systems Instrumentation and Control Systems are how a smart city monitors and controls the operational parameters of their electric distribution and metering network, their w...

Distributed Waste Processing and Power Gen for Smart Cities

Recently, while pondering the potential role of distributed waste processing and distributed power generation in the context of smart cities, my thoughts reached back to when, during my tenure at a large automation supplier, we had to come to terms with losing a major I&C project for the massive Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Boston Harbor to a competitor.  What made this loss even harder to swallow, was the fact that the plant was located less than 50 miles from our global headquarters, which housed the company’s main manufacturing, project engineering, and customer support organizations.  What also hurt, was that we had a good track record of implementing successful I&C projects for other large-scale regional water and wastewater treatment plants around the country. Th...

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