Dassault Chalks Out Its Digital Roadmap For India By 2020

by Sohini Bagchi    May 20, 2015

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Dassault Systèmes, a leading 3D Experience firm, is leveraging its 3D designing technology effectively by tying up with several firms in India. The French company is also looking to ‘virtually transform’ the manufacturing landscape in the country. Chandan Chowdhury, MD of the $3.2-billion entity in India, told CXOtoday in an exclusive interaction that in the next 4-5 years, Dassault is planning to make a big leap in the manufacturing sector, generously contributing to ‘Make in India,’ smart city and various other digital initiatives by the Indian government. 

Boom time for auto manufacturing

With over 6,500 customers in India, and over 21,000 customers globally, Chowdhury informs that leading automotive companies like Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, Hero MotoCorp, Honda and Mahindra are using our technology. In October 2014, Dassault Systèmes teamed up with AKKA Technologies to develop connected transportation software and infrastructure; not only producing driverless vehicles, but also connecting the network of those driverless vehicles with the digital economy. The innovative scheme is called Link&Go, is a ‘dual-mode, connected, urban, electric car.’ Dassault Systèmes’ contribution to Link&Go is helping develop the software that connects the electric cars, allowing the entire network and the cars operating on it to communicate, using cloud-based technology. 

Chowdhury sees a greater potential in the country’s automobile and aviation segments today, and is planning to bring more innovation in this segment, from its design cycle to production and inventory management and sales. “We are also focusing on the energy and mining sectors in India – already our stronghold and see much gain in retail which has huge potential and yet largely non-regulated,” he says.


Smart city drive

While traditional planning is built on the idea that efficiency is achieved by standardizing every element, the company believes that no two cities can be considered the same. Dassault has already done a smart city simulation pilot for Pondicherry in 2013 along with Power Grid Corporation of India.

“Cities need to be viewed and planned as living entities, where every element and every citizen is part of a whole. Hence, these smart cities would provide a robust network of transport systems, well-maintained roads, uninterrupted power supply, earthquake-proof, strong sewage disposal system and effective traffic management, among others,” he says.

With the world’s population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 with 70 percent living in cities, as per UN statistics, Chowdhury is upbeat about India’s smart city drive. He says, the coming years will see a more concerted effort from the company in this area.

To further expand its footprints in the country, Dassault has just announced the addition of Sydler Technologies, Xitadel Technologies and NobleTek as its partners. Earlier its Aviation division said it is looking at Indian partners, notably private sector firms, to eventually make its Rafale aircraft in the country as the government looks to freeze the process to finalise terms to consummate the first tranche of the deal for the supply of 36 jets to Indian Air Force.

With this recent addition in the network of its partners the French tech major will be able to further address the market requirements in sectors such as industrial equipment, automotive, life sciences and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). “The new initiatives will allow us to support the manufacturing sector in India and also contribute to the government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative in the coming years,” he sums up.