IOT/AI


  

Bot’s The Way For Smart Governance

More than five decades ago, the world witnessed its first chatbot ELIZA created by Joseph Weizenbaum. The chatbot supposedly managed to dupe some users into thinking it was a human, essentially setting the foundation for chatbot structures such as keywords, specific phrases and pre-programmed responses. Today, the chatbot market has skyrocketed. The market is projected to cross $5bn by 2023, supporting sectors such as BFSI, healthcare, IT, telecom, retail, utilities and notably, governments. Our government’s Digital India initiative has prompted a significant increase in adoption of digitization, especially in the government too. Successful and efficient governance is when a citizen feels his voice is heard, and his queries resolved. Governing a billion citizens is no mean task, but techno...

AI For Good: Intello Labs Making The Local APMC Mandi Smarter

A mundane task like vegetable purchase involves scanning through piles of produce, and visually assessing its freshness and quality. How about replacing this abstract assessment with real-time data-driven analytics? Gurgaon-based AI startup Intello Labs is bringing to the fruits & vegetable seller the true power of Artificial Intelligence by pioneering the concept of digital commodity grading using data. It was in mid-2016 that the Intello Labs founding team – Milan Sharma, Nishant Mishra, Himani Shah and Devendra Chandani – all hailing from data science and big data backgrounds were keen on innovating in newer tech like machine learning and artificial intelligence. After some initial kinks, they finally settled on agriculture as a focus sector. Cofounder Devendra Chandani says, “Even ...

“Product Investors Want Vertical-Focused Solutions That Can Go Global”

India is a billion-strong nation. Just three years ago, the number of connected devices was already at 60 million – that’s almost 60% of the nation’s population. By 2020, the number of installed connected devices will be 1.9 billion. Safe to say our nation has never been more connected, atleast virtually. The Internet of Things, as a concept, has massively evolved over the years. From being an exclusive, official tool for enhancing business connectivity, it has well and truly permeated into every major aspect of life today. Industry pundits peg the IoT market in India to be valued at $9bn by next year, and businesses are agog with interest. Notable examples of connected devices dominating the market include Alexa and Google, but the applicability of IoT extends to several industries ...

Ceiling Fan Fallacy: 3 Reasons Why Spurious Pesticides Menace Will Never Go Away

Have you heard of the story of Procrustes from Greek Mythology? Procrustes (“Stretcher”) was the nickname of Damastes, a rogue smith and bandit, who owned a small estate in Atticca of Ancient Greece. He earned his notorious nickname from a bizarre hospitality ritual he inflicted on his unwilling passer-by guests who passed by his estate every night. At first, he invited them to join him for a sumptuous dinner and then requested them to spend the night in his special iron bed. There was one problem though. He was extremely particular (to the point of being anal) that the special bed fit the guests to perfection. Those who were tall had their legs chopped off and those who were short were stretched by his smith’s hammer. And so one day, when a fearless traveler called These...

NASSCOM-ICFA Roundtable on Policy Push For Agritech Ecosystem

NASSCOM and ICFA partnered to organise a roundtable to bring multiple central agencies and state governments together for a discussion with the technology sector. The meeting was attended by representatives from DIPP, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of IT, NITI Ayog, NABARD, Maharashtra State Innovation Society, Govt of Kerala, Bangalore Bio Innovation Center, AP Innovation Society, National E-Governance Division and Digital India Corporation. On the technology side, the table comprised of startups, large IT companies and funders, such as IBM, TCS, Satsure, BigHaat, Yes Bank, Amazon AWS, farMart, Cropin, Bharat Innovation Fund, Omnivore, Mycrop etc. I understand the readers will be interested in what the governments and state agencies said, let me focus on the most notable ones. Ministry...

FarmERP: Annual Report 2018

I am really thankful to Sanjay Borkar and FarmERP to have taken the time to compile this extensive document. I did not know that they are already working in 11 countries outside India or that they have built in a traceability component. I will request people to go through this well laid out document and invite other agritech companies to come and upload their content here.

ThinkAg Meetup 2019 – Key Takeaways

Two years back, ThinkAg agroup was set  up to inrease parternship between the startups and the corporates. Though that was the idea it was started with, the agenda has expanded. It now includes three distinct initiatives. Aglab: A market-linked acceleration program to enable rapid scaling. It will do this through curating a platform where progressive corporates and mentors deeply engage with entrepreneurs Aginvest: A steady pipeline of industry vetted investment ready innovations, access to experts in the industry and an in depth understanding of the sector to enable higher number of investments Agconnect: Knowledge dissemination and thought leadership publications to further fuel innovations The Thinkag annual meetup brings together about 50 stakeholders from the agri and food industry &#...

Agritech Case Study Series: APMC Manchar App

BASIC DETAILS Product Name: APMC Manchar App Name of Organization: Krushiking Agrotech Industries Pvt. Ltd. At the helm: Mr. Nilesh Shejwal (MD) Year of Incorporation: 2015 Website: www.krushiking.com Core technology used: Android app, Dashboard (web view), SMS gateway integration, Bluetooth operated portable printer. PROJECT DETAILS Tell us about your product/solution in brief. ‘APMC Manchar’ is an application and complete digital solution made for APMC Manchar. The objective was to design complete end to end process digitally and by-pass handwritten receipts. Creating a transparent institutional ledger that updates real-time and the information is updated every stake holder of APMC.  Beneficiary- Farmers APMC institution Labourers Traders Agmarknet (Database at Govt. of India) Agricultur...

Mobilizing Industry Insights for Application of AI in India’s BFSI sector

There was a time in India when going to the bank meant spending at least half a day in a long queue, waiting endlessly for a user’s financial details to be updated in paper passbooks and ledgers. The bank of today is completely different – its digitized, fast and also, smart. Smart is a simpler way of denoting the extremely intuitive and efficient manner in which banks are processing huge amounts of user data. Banks are now providing chatbots, personalized services, preventive maintenance, fraud detection and more, to enhance customer experience and improve operational efficiency. Increasingly, the use of AI and ML to various functions within banking and financial services (BFSI) has revolutionised the industry in India. According to data provided by NITI Aayog and Accenture, AI can boost ...

Defining the Industrial IoT Edge

The edge of industrial internet-enabled architectures is increasingly recognized throughout industry for its important role in fulfilling the promise of digital transformation strategies.   Initially focused on delivering timely, clean data to cloud-based applications, the industrial IoT edge has emerged as an entirely new ecosystem within the overall enterprise architecture. ARC defines the Industrial IoT edge as the place where physical devices, assets, machines, processes, and applications intersect with internet-enabled portions of the architecture.  Industrial IoT edge devices provide input to, and may receive output from, industrial internet-enabled systems, applications, and services, but reside outside of clouds and data centers. Edge systems typically operate on-premise but are di...