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    Srinivasan professor at the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore Oceansat 2 is part of India s plan to build a group of earth observation satellites focusing on monitoring ocean and atmospheric changes By how much it is difficult to say That depends on the satellite s path over the region Oceansat 2 is part of India s plan to build a group of earth observation satellites focusing on monitoring ocean and atmospheric changes adding to its fleet of land focused satellites It will be followed in the next two years by SARAL and Megha Tropiques satellites being built jointly by India and France to track weather changes in the ocean and in the tropics India has 12 remote sensing satellites including Cartosat 2 A and Radar Imaging Satellite 2 that can see through the clouds and snap images round the clock The new satellite s predecessor Oceansat 1 was launched in 1999 and continues to send data five years after its projected lifespan The Indian Space Research Organisation Isro used a home grown polar satellite launch rocket to put in space the 958kg cuboid shaped Oceansat 2 and six smaller satellites four from Germany and one each from Turkey and Switzerland from its Sriharikota launch pad in Andhra Pradesh The space agency did not disclose the commercial terms for the smaller satellite launches These small satellites weighing less than 10kg and built for research by academic institutions are usually carried as co passengers with a large satellite This is the first satellite launch by the space agency after it aborted an unmanned moon probe Chandrayaan 1 in July 13 months short of its expected lifespan This is a fantastic achievement Once again we have proved that we can do the job

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/indias-new-satellite-to-monitor-oceans/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    fitted with GPS devices for security and provide new age payment options like through prepaid card It is a win win situation for all The income of the auto drivers will go up the advertisers will get more visibility and the commuters will get a comfortable ride said Rakesh Aggarwal Secretary Nyayabhoomi the NGO behind the idea A host of other high tech innovations are also lined up to become part of the auto overhaul Aggarwal said that in collaboration with Invest India Micro Pension Services Ltd IIMPS a pension scheme for the auto drivers have also been launched There are 80 000 auto drivers in Delhi None of them have access to pension schemes rendering them vulnerable when they grow old and frail Revenues for the pension schemes are being raised through advertisements on autorickshaws In addition to pension the drivers will be also provided health insurance accidental insurance cash incentives and many other benefits soon said Ashish Aggarwal Executive Director of IIMPS an organisation working for social security of low income group workers Pension services will be available to all auto drivers under the aegis of Auto Star Club The schemes are designed in such a way that the driver is encouraged to invest more and more of his savings into pension schemes Aggarwal said they are also planning to launch a dial an auto service on the lines of radio taxis in the town But it will take some time to materialise It s on the drawing board only as yet Apart from the prepaid cards another payment option on offer would be payment through account A commuter can open the account with the NGO and get the fare money transferred from his account These autos can also act as point of sale for various advertisers We

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/hitech-autos-for-indias-capital/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    were earlier not within reach of the vast number of people through innovation and technology not just stripping down the value of the product Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata said The Tata Swachh Hindi for clean meets US Environmental Protection Agency standards and doesn t require running water electricity or boiling executives said It s cheaper than boiling water cheaper than bottled water and 2 5 times less expensive than Hindustan Unilever s low cost Pureit filter according to data provided by the companies Tata will sell two versions of the 19 litre Swach container priced at 749 rupees 16 11 and 999 rupees 21 48 depending on the material The filter itself costs 299 rupees 6 43 It will purify 800 gallons 3 000 liters of water enough for a family of five for a year before it automatically shuts down Hindustan Unilever s Pureit filter which also does not require access to running water or electricity costs 2 000 rupees 43 01 with a replaceable battery kit that costs 365 rupees 7 85 and can purify 1 500 litre of water Hindustan Unilever says it sold more than three million Pureit filters for the fiscal year ending March 2009 with sales of 1 9 billion rupees The Swach a pet project of Ratan Tata is the group s bet that the private sector can offer a better consumer based solution to one of the world s most persistent health problems than most governments in the developing world can Image credits SciDev The filter should provide enough clean water for one family for a year Some 1 2 billion people globally don t have access to safe water according to a 2006 UNDP report Almost 80 of diseases in developing countries are associated with water causing some 3 million

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/nano-filters-for-the-masses-in-india/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    Adam was actually born The team members were from different parts of north India but they zeroed in on Hyderabad as it offered them the best of infrastructure and human resources at no cost With NVIDIA s Tegra system on chip at its heart Adam is a device the new generation technology user dreams of Its battery can work for days It will have only a screen and no physical key board One can manoeuvre the cursor using the finger commands from the front or at the back It will have a camera that can rotate to take pictures and videos or for video chat It can talk to other smart devices including phones For those with an eye for technical details the 6 3 by 9 8 inch device works on Google s Android and Mary Lou s Pixel Qi that offers a paper display putting no pressure on the eyes With 1024X600 wide SVGA colour resolution the screen contains finger print resistant oleophobic coating With a capacity of up to 32 GB flash drive it would have SD card support a digital compass GPS and Wi Fi It can run for 25 days if one wants to listen to just music It can run eight hours of high definition video or 16 hours of Wi Fi Web use Rohan Shravan founder and Director Creatives of Notion Ink claims Image credits Business Line The heart of the device The half inch thick device is likely to be priced at Rs 15 000 The device would be connected to specially devised servers called Genesis Like all gizmo lovers we dreamed of a device that can be a companion for talking teaching playing and learning says Shravan talking about the genesis of the whole project We knew there is the need Technologies too are available But what was missing was the integration he says Easier said But how this team achieved this makes an interesting story We faced several hurdles as we tried to translate the dream into work The most challenging were finance human resources infrastructure facilities and manufacturing of the final product Sachin Ralhan co founder of Notion Ink recalled How they managed to tackle these challenges one by one could be a good case study for wannabe entrepreneurs With angel funding from an IT consultant the team started looking for people to work on the project They needed about 50 engineers both hardware and software After discussions with several colleges they tied up with BVRIT a technology institute not very far from the Hi Tec City the hub of all the IT activity in Andhra Pradesh The arrangement was simple Notion Ink would utilise the lab as its development centre and the students as its workforce while the students get training in the industry ready technologies such as Android and cloud We then roped in the National Institute of Design at the Bangalore Research and Development campus to discuss the user interface that should go into the next

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/adam-next-generation-technology-by-india/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    up maps of about 620 Indian cities helping guide users through several destinations and in saving power New Delhi MapmyIndia India s leader in maps and GPS navigation solutions has launched Road Pilot a sophisticated GPS navigator pre loaded with maps of 620 Indian cities 576 000 towns and villages 30 000 tourist locations and 2 million unique destinations The navigator is priced at Rs 7 990 The Road Pilot has a 3 5 wide touch screen and gives turn by turn voice assistance to guide you to your destination It also has a unique snooze feature to help save power When not in use the Road Pilot can be put to Sleep Mode so that it boots up immediately when it is used next Also there are no monthly or recurring charges and there s no SIM card or GPRS connection required according to a company press release Since the device does not depend on mobile network coverage it offers an always on GPS navigation experience even in places where a mobile phone GPS navigation which relies on GPRS would have failed because of patchy or even non existent network coverage Says Rakesh Verma MD MapmyIndia With the launch of Road Pilot MapmyIndia has entered a new market for GPS navigators The new navigator offers all the features of a sophisticated GPS navigator along with India s best and most accurate maps Great connectivity to travellers MapmyIndia GPS navigator offers Geopix Navigate to enable its users take a look at the photos of places crossing Another standalone feature that the device comes with is its one time investment which means that you do not need to buy additional data or incur recurring monthly charges It comes preloaded with information about ATMs petrol pumps hotels and eateries It helps you

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/gps-road-pilot-navigator-to-explore-india/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    and internet capable phones selling below Rs5 000 61 94 and built by Indian manufacturers is making it easier and more affordable to own such devices The increase in uptake of 3G and 2G services in India will also help get more people online However there are still issues getting this kind of connectivity into remote areas Even when it is available the cost is prohibitive to many 50 tablet Image credit BBC Almost half of India s internet users access the web through their mobiles Other portable devices could also make an impact when it comes to Indians accessing the internet The government plans to roll out its low cost tablet device known as Aakash into schools nationwide in 2012 Costing around 50 it has been hailed as a huge innovation for India and the way the web can be accessed in schools Mr Agarwal says it will allow more children to watch videos carry course information without the need to have a teacher around and will put pupils at the forefront of new technology Image credit BBC Indian politician Kapil Sibal with the new 50 Aakash tablet But the devices are still very basic compared with other tablets on the market and rely on good wi fi connections and electricity supply prerequisites which are not always available in more remote parts of India In fact one of the biggest challenges in the year ahead is increasing internet penetration in these areas Only 2 of rural India has access to the web according to the Internet and Mobile Association of India IAMAI That s a small percentage when you think that more than 70 of the population lives outside an urban conurbation Even if you give them the technology what you also need to do is generate awareness about how to use it and create a sense of access for the people of the community says P Niranjana from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai Being able to use new technology requires certain skills like literacy and computer literacy she says and more work needs to be done in this area so villagers understand how computers are enriching their lives The other issue says Ms Niranjana is ensuring the computers in the villages are placed in an area where all members of the community including lower caste Dalits have the chance to use them Currently around 18 of India s rural internet users have to walk more than 10km six miles to access the web Social networking Indians are increasingly using the internet for more than just checking their email Aside from access and reach the other big change when it comes to India and the internet is how people are using the web With better connections mobile phones and computers Indians are increasingly using the internet for more than just checking their email In both rural and urban areas social networking is a key driver of use The most popular site in India is now Facebook

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/2012-the-year-of-the-internet-in-india/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    deaths in India every year Even though most of them are due to traffic rule violations there is a dearth of adequate administrative attention on traffic management issues Traditional methods of manually managing traffic have severe limitations in terms of time and location Keeping this in view the Gurgaon Traffic Police in collaboration with Denave India Private Limited Nokia India and Millennium City Welfare Association launched the Third Eye project in August last year to provide requisite portability to tools used for monitoring traffic rules compliance Third Eye uses Nokia E5 mobile phones to capture clear images of traffic offenders The phones are enabled with software Tselina developed by Denave that assists the uploading of these photographs on a central server housed in the Gurgaon Traffic Police headquarters The images are geo tagged and used as evidence to issue challans to defaulters A traffic constable is sent to the doorstep of the defaulter to recover penalty Extensive training was provided to the constables in daily operation of the handsets ways to capture clear images and regular troubleshooting issues The project is designed to cover the East West and National Highway zones of Gurgaon and act as a complement to the

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/using-mobile-phones-to-check-traffic-rule-violations/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    papers and success stories We will try to implement those success stories in our region said Girishwar Mani President of an NGO called Samajotthan that works for women empowerment and child health and nutrition Mani was talking about a two day knowledge workshop organised jointly by the Institute of Development Studies IDS United Kingdom and OneWorld Foundation India OWFI in New Delhi on January 3 4 2013 The workshop Mining IDS knowledge Services aims at enabling research organisations and NGOs to use and take benefit of IDS knowledge sharing platforms for efficient content syndication This time it concentrated on sharing of thematic knowledge in the fields of agriculture climate change health and nutrition OneWorld and IDS have been holding a series of workshops for organisations in India to enable them to make use of and share the large IDS Knowledge Services collection of research publications which are sourced from a diverse range Eldis and BRIDGE two renowned knowledge services from the Institute of Development Studies host a range of documents resources and publications on development research policy and practice To enable other organisations to pick use and share the info knowledge available on these resources IDS offers an Application Programming

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