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Transitioning into an Era of Smart Vehicles

The automotive industry is witnessing a shift from product centricity to experience centricity, thanks to an increasing emphasis towards telematics. Essentially, telematics refers to the monitoring of a vehicle and its performance on a continuous and remote basis. This is making vehicles more intelligent, engaging and connected, thereby allowing them to integrate into our daily lives – much like the smartphone. The automotive telematics market is pacing rapidly and is expected to cross USD 98 billion by 2026. Three of the largest segments in this market are: Consumer Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics & Insurance Telematics. The New Gen Automotive Experience The demand for consumer telematics is primarily driven by the need to transform the user experience through advancements in driver a...

India on the World Map: Engineering & Research as India’s North Star

In the last 30 years, India has strongly established itself as the IT hub of the world, garnering nearly 55% market share of the global services business (as of 2017-18), exports at $137 billion in FY19, and employment doubling in a decade to 18 million by 2018. All through these golden years, India’s academia and talent have consciously aligned itself to this rapid growth and seized opportunities. Even talent from other engineering disciplines such as biotechnology or mechanical oriented towards IT. But here is the most pertinent question, “what about the next 30 years?” The next 30 years cannot be imagined linearly – soon it will not be about revenues reaching $200+ billion or adding 30 million more people to the industry. The “Law of Accelerating Returns” proposed by renowned American I...

Time to Drop Anchor as Indian Innovation for the World has Arrived!

Indian engineering R&D is emerging from the shadows, with improvisations making way for innovations. Constraints and lack of resources were the locks on the inside, preventing innovations in a nation famous for head spinning improvisations. These improvisations or jugaad, often created solutions that overshadowed purpose built solutions. It is time to move beyond make-do, and the stereotypical outsourced services, into the next level of innovation. A comprehensive study by the Royal Academy of Engineering clearly establishes a link between engineering excellence and economic development. This explains the fast-paced progress of Japan and Germany, synonymous with engineering. It also makes out a case for India to not just emulate, but to excel, given the interplay of various factors ava...

Additive Manufacturing in India

For years, additive manufacturing and 3D printing have been put to work in India for concept modeling, design validation, prototyping, and some tooling. Organizations in the U.S., Germany, and other countries are pushing hard to adopt AM for production applications, with India showing similar interest. Additive manufacturing is the subject of a session at the 11th NASSCOM Design & Engineering Summit on September 26-27, 2019 in Bangalore. I’m excited about participating in this important event. In 2018, additive manufacturing in India was dominated by growing interest in metal AM systems, according to Mukesh Agarwala, managing director of 3D Product Development (3DPD) of Bangalore, India’s largest additive manufacturing service provider. Agarwala contributes a summary on additive manufa...

Leveraging Immersive Technologies for India’s Industry

The promise of Virtual Reality is not new. For decades science-fiction writers have been imagining alternate and digital realities. We’ve seen it in film as well, with “The Matrix” being a well-known example. Over the past seven years, the Virtual Reality industry has gone from fiction to reality. The industry has seen an exponential growth in its technological development, and is expanding beyond “just” VR. With developments in related industries such as Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, AI and computer vision, the domain of VR has evolved into the broader domain of “Immersive” technologies. It has developed from niche to an industry where Immersive technologies are reaching companies and consumers at an ever-increasing pace. As Facebook-founder Zuckerberg recently shared with shareholder...

Flying to New Horizons with Immersive Technology

With increasing complexity, high-risk business environment and intense competition, aviation is constantly on the lookout for technological enhancements to maintain cost efficiency, improve safety, increase employee productivity, and above all, deliver enriched customer experiences. This is an imperative for all industry stakeholders, including aircraft manufacturers, airline companies and enablers of supporting infrastructure such as airports, logistics, etc. Unsurprisingly, the aviation industry is one of the early adopters of immersive technologies – AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality) and is leveraging it for a very wide range of applications to reinvigorate the end user experience. Value of “Experience” The journey to reinvigorate user experience starts...

Reimagining Semiconductors for Tomorrow’s Technologies

Devices are getting smarter everyday – right from connected gadgets for smart homes to AI enabled autonomous vehicles – with the aim of making lives better. The key element in this evolution is the ability of these devices to sense the environment and “think” like humans. This is where the “brain” of every device – the semiconductor chip – is playing an elemental role. Chipsets can be categorized into memory chips and processor/ logic chips. While memory chips are relatively multi-utility in nature, logic chips need to be designed around specific hardware and software requirements to maximize device performance. Chipset manufacturers are not only packing in more and more processing power into smaller chipsets, they are also collaborating with OEMs and technology developers to customize the...

Technology Can Be Your Next Organ Donor

Medical science has been at the forefront of adopting the benefits of 3D printing technology. The first reason for this uptake is the ability of 3D printing to provide personalized instruments, implants and even artificial organs as per a patient’s requirements. The second reason is the advancement in software based rapid prototyping which can incorporate specific inputs of the medical practitioner treating the patient while devising a treatment plan. The combination of these two factors has allowed medical practitioners to innovate with technology, right from early stage diagnostics to post-operative regenerative procedures. Customization of Medical Implants and Instruments Imaging technology made it possible for medical practitioners to accurately diagnose patients and pinpoint problem a...

India Transforms: Power of ‘Designeering’

The symbiotic relationship of Design and Engineering is truly dyadic. In development of many products and solutions, the duo’s role is so intertwined that I often collectively refer to it as ‘Designeering’. I imagine that this zygote would serve as a powerful instrument to India’s technological prowess and economical progress. India’s entrepreneurial spirit, combined with technological innovation, should create meaningful solutions that transform everyday lives qualitatively. Smart devices with variety of connection, cognition and interaction pave the way towards that mission. Numerous gadgets capture image pixels, record voice information, provide tactile feedback and even sense physiological activities. User-centric design and data-driven engineering offer significant efficiency and pert...

India and the Golden Era of EngineeringNXT

Are we ready for $100 Billion ER&D services from India by 2025? The time is ripe for India to open the doors to EngineeringNXT. A slew of new age technologies is taking center stage, spelling the beginning of the Golden Era for Engineering R&D Organizations in the country. According to a report by NASSCOM and consulting firm Zinnov, Indian Engineering and R&D (ER&D) services and products contributed US$36 Billion to revenue, overtaking those of BPM that stood at US$35 Billion (total revenue from the technology sector stood at US$177 Billion)1 in 2018-19. This trend is part of the steady progress demonstrated by India. In the decade between 1995 and 2005, India started delivering low-end engineering, like CAD/CAE, embedded software testing and validation services as part of ...