3 Technologies To Make 'Digital India' Dream Come True

by Moumita Deb Choudhury    Aug 11, 2017

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In the last few decades, telecom services and information technology in India have seen a steady progress. Today we are inching towards a New India. With PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India vision, India is seeing a paradigm shift moving gradually towards a cashless economy, with Digital at the forefront and a more conducive business environment. True to its sense, digital is the next wave of transformation and by immersing in it, India is set to emerge as a superpower. The intrinsic usage and utility of technology is not just the thing of urban India now but is also touching upon the rural country landscape.

As India celebrates its 70th Independence Day on August 15, we look at some of the technologies that have already made a dent into the Indian territory and will continue to have a greater impact on business and the economy.

The Internet

One of the major technology that has and will further take India to a different level is the internet and more so 5G.

Several telcos are collaborating with network providers to take internet to the next level. Reliance Jio announced its partnership with Samsung to expand both the current network capacity as well as network coverage with the ‘Infill & Growth’ project. The project will take Jio services in rural areas by extending its reach to over 90 percent of the population and enable undeterred indoor and outdoor coverage in impermeable urban areas.

The deployment of free wi-fi in various public places is yet another digital leap. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, TRAI, has revealed plans to set up hotspot Wi-Fi network across the country. This will provide internet connectivity at a much cheaper rate than what the telcos are offering currently. According to reports TRAI is working on a pilot project presently to access the initiative’s feasibility.

As part of the initiative, the telecom governing body will be collaborating with the telcos and internet data providers to set up ‘pay-as-you-go’ public data offices (PDOs) in different parts of the country.

As a part of Prime Minister Modi’s Digital India initiative, The Indian Railways have partnered with Google to provide Wi-Fi broadband facility to passengers at major railway stations across India.

The initiative named Google RailTel was launched in January 2016 and till date has reached 140 stations across India. They further plan to reach 400 stations by 2018.

Internet-of Things (IoT)

With efficient internet comes the IOT revolution which will be fueled exhaustively further with the coming of 5G.

“There is an explosion of data due to increasingly sophisticated and affordable sensors, together with the exponential expansion in 3G and 4G Internet services, leading to the development of smart devices. The smart revolution has in fact reached the factory floor as well.  In fact, the manufacturing sector is on the verge of a technology revolution, with the influx of new technologies all the time.

State-of-the-art Internet of Things (IoT) can make the manufacturing sector smarter and effective. Such technologies can potentially and radically enhance visibility of the manufacturing process such that every unit of production can be monitored at each step. The revolution of smart manufacturing is well and truly on its way,” said Muqbil Ahmar, Technology Evangelist and Blogger.

Homes in India are also to see digital transformation with IoT. Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel is set to enter home automation and smart home segment soon. The new segment will be driven by Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine solutions which enables users to control house-hold utility such as heating, air conditioning, music, lighting and security systems through smartphones.

Electronics major LG is looking for partners among telecom operators in India to bring up its smart appliances connected with Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The company is slowly moving ahead to introduce its appliances equipped with features such as LG HomeChat and SmartThinQ with which users can operate home appliances with a smartphone connected through the internet.

Artificial Intelligence [AI]

As far as decision-making mechanisms go, there is no better example than the human brain, so Artificial intelligence must evolve to emulate it. Scientists are now using AI tools that understand and respect human decision-making, and are able to provide readers with input and support regarding the information, explanations, options, and outcomes that are important to them.

Nate Nichols, in his article: “Natural Language Generation in the AI Ecosystem: The Value of Explanation” published on narrativescience.com explains how AI can help managers make good decisions based on information. He believes that data can provide the information. For example, the information that your company’s profits are down quarter over quarter.

Today AI is used various domains like security, manufacturing etc. and can become central to the economic growth of India.

Big Data

Big Data is a term for data sets so complex or huge that conventional data-processing techniques are insufficient. Data sets are analyzed and assessed to uncover unknown correlations and patterns. Mathematical and statistical models and algorithms are used to find trends and make predictions.

The application of bigdata is widespread in India, from healthcare to banking to retail to manufacturing to education to name a few.

No wonder Big data analytics sector in India is expected to gross as high as US $16 billion by 2025 from the current US 2 billion, as predicted by experts.

As per the experts, India is currently among top 10 big data analytics markets in the world. “The government, industry and academia can collaborate to build an ecosystem to generate sustainable solutions by harnessing the power of big data and digital innovation. The combined power of harnessing big data and digital solutions can drive tremendous results in improving the citizen experience, implementation efficiency and boosting the nation’s economy,” said Keshav Murugesh, CEO, WNS Global Services Group.

Big Data is also used by India to preserve the historical sites in the country. “Increasingly being termed cyber archaeology, the latest Big Data tools can help archaeological agencies capture digital information, collaborate, store, share, as well as display data for public and researchers. Data sets also include high-definition videos and photos, aerial drone footage, laser scans, and detailed climate measurements, which can all be put through analysis and can help in eventual preservation of historical sites,” said Brajesh Sachan, CTO, Deskera, a global cloud business software provider, which has developed its own Big Data tool.

Technology will play a vital role in realising India’s dream in areas like Digital India, Make in India, and Skilling India. All these technologies today are also giving shape to our country’s much ambitious initiative- Smart Cities-India took a major step towards building safer, greener and intelligent cities as the government announced its plans to develop 100 smart cities along with a host of urban renewal schemes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary project ‘Digital India,’ aimed at diminishing the digital divide is another initiative which is fuelled by latest technology.