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Delhi govt services to go online under e-District

 Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launched e-District project on Monday, which will enable people to access various government services online. Delhi government has identified 27 services that will be brought under e-District project. The cabinet earlier approved a proposal to make 12 government services hassle-free by eliminating the need to produce affidavits, and i

4G rings loud for smartphone buyers in India

One out of three smartphones shipped to India in the third quarter of 2015 was a 4G phone and this speaks of smartphone buyers’ confidence about a quick rollout of high-speed fourth-generation (4G) telecom networks. According to technology research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) shipments of 4G phones to India rose 21.4% to 28.3 million in the third quarter of 2015 fro

Smart network, smart infrastructure

Building robust network infrastructure is the key to the success of  programmes like Digital India and smart cities. To deliberate on creating network infrastructure, Governance Now organised Smart Networks Conclave 2015 in October in New Delhi. Governance Now director Kailashnath Adhikari set the tone of the conference with his opening address. Referring to a World Bank report, he said th

“Open source software adds strategic value to Digital India”

In order to ensure transparency and efficiency, the government has mandated the use of open source software (OSS) in all e-governance systems implemented by various government organisations. In an interaction, Amarjeet Manchanda tells Shubhendu Parth how Red Hat India is propogating the adoption of OSS among various government agencies to deliver citizen-centric services. E

How prepared India is to provide timely alerts for earthquakes

You are sitting in your home or office and feel a sudden shaking beneath your feet. The abnormal movement of ground could be a warning sign of an earthquake. As soon as you realise this, a given response to it would be either running out from the building or hiding under a table. In case of a multi-storey building, running down through stairs could turn fatal as you may fall short of time. And,

Road to Digital India: TRAI seeks suggestions on BharatNet implementation

BharatNet will be backbone of India’s ambition to be digitally connected. It has faced various hiccups and changes over the years since its conception as an idea. Now, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a consultation paper on ‘Implementation model for BharatNet’. Digital India is main programme that brings strands of communication and i

"We want to play a prominent role in GST and tax net projects"

The US-based Citrix provides a critical technology component that speeds up the new, improved IRCTC website. It also enables majority of the PSU and private sector banks in India to deliver anywhere, anytime, any device banking. In an interaction, Nilesh Goradia tells Shubhendu Parth about the technologies that can help governments improve their citizen service delivery, even in the remotes

The curse of the experts

Remember the name Sir Joseph Paxton before diving in. The Crystal Palace in London is an iconic architectural memory. All that remains are a few black and white pictures and line drawings, but it still makes it to the top 10 of any list of contemporary architectural wonders. For the record, the Palace fell to a raging fire in 1936. It was built in 1851 to house the Great Exhibition, a massive s

Television goes mobile

Missed an interesting show or a debate on TV? Soon you will be able to carry your TV wherever you go and watch all free-to-air television channels on your android phone and tablet without internet connectivity. Prasar Bharati is experimenting to provide television content on mobile phones. The state-owned public broadcasting network has come out with a prototype device — a dongle with an

Making financial inclusion mobile

E-retailers are adopting and adapting to mobile money and wallets riding on the back of an explosion in the use of smartphones in India. Business consulting service firm RNCOS estimates the Indian m-wallet market is worth `350 crore currently, and will touch `1,210 crore by 2019.  Mobile wallet is largely used for making small payments online to avail micro-services like recharging mobile

IT minister to meet Microsoft chief today

Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will meet Microsoft chief Satya Nadella today in Mumbai. They are likely to discuss the company`s plan to provide broadband connectivity in villages. During prime minister Narendra Modi`s visit to the US in September, Nadella had said Microsoft plans to partner with the government to bring in low-cost broadband connectivity to 500,000 villages

Polycom set to bring govt offices closer

India going digital friendly is advantage for many companies and Polycom is one of them. The video conferencing solution provider is celebrating 25th year in business and mark this event the company recently launched a slew of collaboration solutions to adapt to the workplace of the future. A report by market research firm Frost & Sullivan indicates that Polycom was the leade

Cloud services spending growth over30% in India

Spending on cloud services in India market is expected to reach $ 1.9 billion by 2019. High rates of growth is attributed to public cloud services, which is to touch $ 731 million by the end of this year, a jump of more than 31 percent over last year, research firm Gartner has said. According to Gartner’s latest cloud adoption survey, 61 percent of respondents in India indicated

Online GST will curb tax evasion: Rashmi Verma, special secretary, revenue department

As a  special secretary with the department of revenue, Rashmi Verma oversees developments related to goods and services tax (GST). In an interaction with Pratap Vikram Singh, she explains how GST and IT can create a system to curb tax evasion.

Now let’s think smart poles and smart roads

The internet of things (IoT) tribe is growing rapidly. While there already has been progress in areas such as smart homes, smart cars, smart grids and smart cities, more new “smart” segments keep adding to the list. The latest in the sequence are the ones like smart poles and smart roads, which, for a change, have the potential to cause much cheer for civic bodies lik

Getting India GST ready

The legislation on goods and services tax (GST), when ratified by the upper house of parliament, will make lives of 65 lakh traders, manufacturers and service providers easier. The new indirect taxation system aims to replace all taxes levied by the central and state governments with just one tax, GST. This will require a one-stop shop portal wherein traders across India can register, file retu

CIA and cyber security guardians are at the core of new age

Increasing changes in computing, devices and services that are at the heart of the digital business continue to shape risk and security landscapes and by 2017, more than 20 percent of enterprises will have digital risk services devoted to protecting business initiatives using devices and services in the Internet of Things (IoT). "Business imperatives have driven the converge

Steer away from the dragon zone

Years after the Nano car was launched, Ratan Tata was quoted in the media as saying it was a mistake to position it as the “cheapest car” (rather than perhaps highlighting its other attributes like fuel efficiency, ease-of-maneuvering, design, et al). The cheapest car ‘stigma’ took much time to go away even after the car as well as its positioning was refreshed to delive

Gartner warns of pitfalls of improper use of big data analytics

Analytics deliver best business values if put to proper use and correctly interpreted. However, big data analytics come with big risks says Gartner, the world`s leading information technology research and advisory company. "Although big data and advanced analytics projects risk many of the same pitfalls as traditional projects, in most cases, these risks are accentuated due

Smart machines will connect billions of things into a continuous digital experience

What are the new trends in the interconnected world? According to David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow, shared three categories for this year’s trends: the digital mesh, smart machines, and the new IT reality.  He was speaking at the Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends at Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2015 in Orlando (US). On 3D printing, which has

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