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ISRO’s rocket technology to power human hearts
Source: The Financial Express; April 24, 2016

Rocket science may not be able to fix broken hearts, but very soon technology mastered at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) may be able to help patients who are in need for a heart transplant. Materials and mechanisms used on Indian rockets have been tweaked by ISRO to make a device which some describe as a step towards the making of an ‘artificial heart’. The heart assist device has been tested on animals and found to be successful. Better known for orbiting satellites and flying giant rockets, the multi-talented team at ISRO made this heart pump as a spinoff technology development in the spare time. Cardiologists are very excited with this development as it offers a lease of life to terminally-ill patients since heart transplant still remains out of reach for most.

Using materials and knowhow perfected to make lightweight rockets and satellites, scientists at ISRO have perfected a device that assists the human heart to pump blood especially in cases where the left ventricle, the most powerful part of a human heart, starts to fail.

Called the ‘left ventricular assist device’ this small electrical device can pump 3-5 litres of blood every minute. Kiran Kumar, the chairman of ISRO said this rocket technology offered an alternate system to pump blood in very ill patients and can definitely save human lives.

Private sector to play pivotal role in smart cities: Report
Source: The Economic Times; April , 2016

The private sector will play a pivotal role in the development of smart cities, according to a study taken up to gauge the challenges before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious 'Smart City' and AMRUT projects. Conducted jointly by the World Economic Forum and PricewaterhouseCoopers ( PwC), it also said that problems in areas of water, waste management, energy and mobility would exacerbate if timely action is not taken. The private sector will play a pivotal role, with support needed to deliver much needed infrastructure and help address capacity issues across state governments and urban local bodies (ULBs), it stated. It further said that the global urban population is set to rise to over 66 per cent by 2050, and India is a significant contributor to it.

While the country's urban population currently totals around 410 million people (32 per cent of the total population), it is expected to reach 814 million (50 per cent) by 2050, as per the report.

"But the growth of India's urban population has not been accompanied with commensurate increases in urban infrastructure and service delivery capabilities. As a result, cities in India face a range of challenges in areas such as water, waste management, energy, mobility, the built environment, education, healthcare and safety," it said.

Italy Keen on Partnering with India for its Smart City Initiative
Source: The Quint; April 24, 2016

Claiming to have the largest number of smart cities in Europe, Italy is keen to partner with India in its own initiative for 100 of them over the next 20 years with an investment requirement of over $1.2 trillion, a senior diplomat said.

Italy can be a strong partner for smart cities in terms of design and technology. We are very attentive and focussed on India’s smart cities. We offer a strong partnership for India for its smart cities. Italian companies can majorly contribute in terms of design and technology for the smart cities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the development of 100 smart cities across India in 2015, with proposed initial allocation of Rs 48,000 crore over five years. The first batch of 20 smart cities are expected to be launched by 25 June this year. A number of countries, including Japan, the United States, Canada, Germany and France, have already entered into various partnerships for the development of India’s mission. Italy now is looking at partnering for the smart cities to boost its exports to India, that stood at $3.6 billion in calendar year 2015, growing by 10.4 percent when compared to 2014.

A Smart city, semiconductor industry's mega-opportunity
Source: EE Herald; April 24, 2016

After the personal computer and mobile phone, the major market driver for electronics and semiconductor industry is going to be the smart city. IOT is clearly the path towards that big opportunity. A smart city, kind of enforces smartness in every device or everything which is part of the city. The physical equivalent for the smartness is the semiconductor devices such as processor memory, sensor and other interface chips. In an email interview Sapna Mongia, Head Technical Marketing and Application- Industrial and Power Discrete Group Business, STMicroelectronics India, provides more of a descriptive answers and ST's product solutions for these below questions on Smart city.

Q1. Can you define what is smartcity? What are technologies required to turn a normal city into smartcity?

Sapna Mongia: Smart City is a domestic, urban, or industrial environment that uses devices and sensors installed in various locations or objects as part of a coherently and cohesively-managed network. In a Smart City, data coming from the various ‘urban’ nodes can be used for efficient energy management, reduced environmental footprint, and improved maintenance ofpublic infrastructure and buildings.

Parrikar: Real impact of Make in India in defence sector will be seen in 2017
Source: Business Insider; April 25, 2016

The face of the Indian defence sector is changing rapidly with a strong focus on indigenisation. The man leading that change is Manohar Parrikar, India's defence minister. Parrikar has worked hard over the last one-and-a-half years to bring a complete turnaround in the defence establishment. In a latest interview, Parrikar spoke about his future plans and the key security issues facing the country. In the new DPP, we have tried to shift the focus on Make-in-India, small and medium scale industries. We are also stressing on time-bound procedures. The defence sector has a strange set of procurement procedures, which do not normally exist for other procurements. One obvious reason is that products need to be tested as unless successful testing is conducted, the costly equipment can't be procured. So testing is a major criteria and this was, so far, not allowed to Indian private companies and was resulting into major delays. So the new DPP opens up testing facilities. Various defence PSUs are also offering facilities to the private sector. The new DPP will address these concerns of the industry in detail.

It won't happen overnight. In the new DPP for IDDM, it will be only now that things will be processed. Orders may be placed after one year and actual production will start after a year. So, it is in 2017 that we will start seeing the real impact. Of course, some push that we had given earlier would result in some shifting of the balance during the current year.

C’Garh Starts Process To Develop Electronic Manufacturing Cluster
Source: The Pioneer; April 25, 2016

The Chhattisgarh Government has commenced the process of setting up the Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) at Sector-22 of the new capital. Initially, infrastructural development works such as construction of boundary wall, roads , drainage, culverts, water supply system and streets light would be taken up. Notably, the Chhattisgarh government will also be setting up an IT SEZ in the vicinity of the EMC to be established at Sector 22 in the new capital. The EMC would be at located about 7 kms from the Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur. The site enjoys abundant water supply from the Mahanadi river and also have also sufficient power connection to cater the needs of operation in EMC, officials stated. The location of the EMC is at Tuta village of Naya Raipur . The chief promoter of the project is Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC) and the project is to be established in an area measuring 70 acres.

As of now, there is minimal presence of Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in the State. However, with its inherent strengths, the State has immense potential to become an ESDM hub of the country, officials stated.

Chhattisgarh has emerged as a lucrative investment hub among its competing states with sectors like power, mining and minerals, manufacturing, sponge iron and steel, IT/ITes, biotechnology, food processing, etc. becoming key investment drivers and has attracted both domestic and foreign investment over the past few years.

Nasscom Selects 39 Start-Ups For 'Innotrek' Programme In US
Source: NDTV Profit; April 24, 2016

IT industry body Nasscom on Sunday said it has shortlisted 39 Indian start-ups for a third edition of its 'Innotrek' programme to be held in the US, where tech entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to meet investors and learn business nuances from experts. The programme is aimed at providing the select group of technology entrepreneurs and founders with an opportunity to interact with investors, experts from the Silicon Valley and corporates, Nasscom 10,000 Start-Ups senior director Rajat Tandon told PTI. He added that the start-ups will also have the opportunity to learn about scaling up globally and forming alliances for them to give them a competitive advantage. These include names like Adnabu, Pushngage, Discover Dollar Technologies, Squadrun and Uncanny Vision solutions.

"The start-ups that have been chosen work across the spectrum - Internet of Things, gaming, healthcare, fin-tech, sports-tech. These companies have products that can be scaled globally and being in the Silicon Valley is a great opportunity to connect with the right people," Mr Tandon said.

The participants will visit incubation centres and get an opportunity to hear speakers like Tesla CIO Jay Vijayan and Microsoft Ventures general manager Scott Coleman, among others, as part of the event.

IESA Conducts Aerospace & Defence Seminar
Source: Electronicsforu; April 25, 2016

In an aerospace and defense seminar by IESA conducted on 22 April, the speaker was introduced by Mr. Venkatesh Kumaran, VP IESA. The Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and The Order of Friendship Awardee, Dr. A.S.Pillai, currently working as advisor to ISRO, presented the seminar on the past and the possibilities for the Indian Aerospace and defense.

Ever since Globalization began in 1991, India became a prominent leader on the world map. We now have about 13 state of the art government R&D centers, we are prominent in the various technologies, we are ahead in pharmacy. One thing we need to work on is the Energy sector.

In aerospace, we have about 500 minor and 40 major contributors to the ISRO program. with 358 operational satellites, PSLV is now a matured and Self-reliant system, with very accurate results. We have plans under consideration for manned missions to the moon from India by 2025. Moon has become a fascination now, due to the presence of He3 found on the moon. There are talks in certain circles of even colonizing the moon. on an estimate, 100kg of He3 can produce about 2.5Mn BTU, which is a major improvement over coal and other resources being used today. In his words, “Helium 3 is going to be one of the most sought after in the future.

Hong Kong sees ‘good possibility’ of importing electronic components from India
Source: DNA India; April 25, 2016

Hong Kong, the world's eighth-largest trading economy, sees a ‘good possibility’ of importing consumer electronic components from India and will ‘encourage’ local companies to set up assembly plants in India with the aim of bolstering economic and business ties. Terming the potential entry as ‘a win-win situation’, it has stressed on stepping up the programme of exchange and understanding between the two countries and signing of the Double Taxation Agreement and Investment Protection Treaty for the promotion of trade and investments. "Yes, there is a good possibility (of imports) of parts and components for making consumer electronics products. Because we are the largest exporter of telephones, mobiles in the world. So, we need parts for finished products," Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Deputy Executive Director, Raymond Yip told reporters in Hong Kong.

"Because we also trade in products and we don't buy for our 7.3 million people here. We buy actually for 1.3 billion people in China, we buy for the world. We can buy worth $1.4 billion per day for the world."

Making budget phones GPS enabled will pressurise margins: Le-Eco
Source: Money Control; April 25, 2016

In a brighter news from the telecom space, the government on Monday made it mandatory for all mobile phone makers to install Global Positioning System (GPS) chipsets in handsets from 2018. In addition, all mobile handsets will have to be manufactured with a panic button facility with effect from 2017. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Arvind R Vohra, Managing Director and CEO, Gionee India, said that he is not surprised by the government's move and is more than willing to provide the needed security. In the company's current handsets, GPS facility is already available, and implanting a panic button won’t be a challenge going forward, he added. Backing Vhora, Atul Jain, the COO of Le-Eco India's smart electronics businesss, said this will bring in more security for customers. However, GPS enabled phones can only be featured on a smart phone which means all the budget phones will have to be upgraded, Jain said. This would futher put the manufacturing margins under pressure for the industry players, he added.

In a contrarian view, Sanjeev P Director -Sales, Huawei India, said larger the scale smaller will be the cost. He believes with scale of volumes playing, there won't be a big price impact on the company.

Panasonic and Siemens to cooperate for next-generation electronic equipment assembly plants
Source: The Hindu Business line; April 26, 2016

Panasonic and Siemens strive for the common advancement of digital production for the electronics industry. Against the backdrop of the Hannover Messe, Hiroyuki Aota, Director in charge of Factory Solutions Business and Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation, and Anton S. Huber, CEO of the Digital Factory Division at Siemens AG, signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting out the intention of the two companies to work more closely together in the future in the fields of automation concepts for the electronics industry. The focus lies on standardized line integration concepts, which the partners plan to develop not only for individual production lines but also as overarching integration concepts for all process steps at the factory level, and as company-wide automation standards for globally distributed production networks.

Over recent years, Panasonic and Siemens have both worked independently on pioneering concepts linking digitalization and automation. In essence, the Smart Factory offering from Panasonic encompasses automatic assembly systems and the Manufacturing Execution System application PanaCIM.

Nokia to acquire digital health firm Withings for $191 million, to foray into wearables and IoT
Source: BGR; April 26, 2016

Nokia has announced it is acquiring Withings, the French health and wearables company, for €170 million ($191 million). Nokia Technologies will most likely leverage Withings’ expertise in wearable industry to launch its own range of wearable devices. The new acquisition marks Nokia’s recent efforts to resurrect itself in the consumer electronics industry after Microsoft took over its phone division about three years ago. Nokia has so far launched an Android tablet called the N1 and a Live VR Ozo Camera. Now, the Finnish giant is likely to launch devices focused on digital health. Nokia also hinted that it would explore newer opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry. Announcing the acquisition, Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri said, “We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market.”

Withings is known for its range of high-quality Wi-Fi enabled and health-centric wearables. Its portfolio also includes smart devices such as weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, bed sensors and home monitoring cameras. The deal will be closed in the third quarter of 2016 and Withings’ 200 employees will join Nokia Technologies. Withings’ CEO Cedric Hutchings would report to Nokia Technologies head Ramzi Haidamus.

Mohandas Pai and Naganand Doraswamy spawn Ideaspring to seed deep tech companies
Source: Yourstory; April 26, 2016

Two years ago when Naganand Doraswamy sold his startup Span Infotech to Evry, a Norwegian company, he was with flush with funds from the exit. Two things sprung to mind at the time; one was to go ahead and start another company or become an advisor to startups. But a chance meeting with T V Mohandas Pai at a StartUp event led him to set up a Limited Partnership fund with a corpus of Rs 125 crore with the likes of Prashant Deshpande, Arihant Patni, and Amit Patni footing in the money. An initial Rs 50 corpus crore will be deployed as seed fund and the rest of the money will be allocated for Pre-Series A or Series A. The fund will be used invest in four to five companies a year. Mohandas Pai run Aarin Capital, which has invested in a dozen startups, came in as a General Partner. Sources say that more than a third of the Ideaspring Capital corpus comes from General Partners.

Arihant and Amit have a big data fund called Hive, which has invested in four startups. Prashant has been an investor and mentor of young technology companies.

“Before Span Infotech, I had started two more companies that did not take off. But I had immense learnings from their closure,” says Naganand, Managing Director of Ideaspring Capital. He adds that he decided to start a fund after talking to several players in the ecosystem.

Over half of electronic imports from China
Source: Business Standard; April 27, 2016

China accounted for over half of India's electronic and communication items import that stood at USD 37.2 billion in April-February period of 2015-16. "As per Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S), Kolkata, the total import of electronic and communication items stood at USD 37.2 billion in 2015-16 (up to February) from USD 33.5 billion in 2012-13," Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. This includes computer hardware, peripherals, consumer electronics, components, telecom instruments and batteries. Imports from China have also grown, rising from USD 16.5 billion in 2012-13 to USD 20 billion in 2015-16 (up to February), the minister said. "Large scale import of electronic (including telecommunication) items is taking place from China as China has substantial share in global manufacturing of electronics," he added. Export of electronic and communication items from India, on the other hand, has steadily declined from USD 8.2 billion in 2012-13 to USD 7.8 billion (2013-14), USD 6.2 billion (2014-15)and USD 5.3 billion in 2015-16 (up to February).

"The promotion of electronics manufacturing is one of the pillars of Digital India programme. The target to achieve 'Net Zero Import' by 2020 is a manifestation of the intent," Prasad said.

Under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS), the government provides financial incentives to offset disability and attract investments in the electronics systems design and manufacturing (EDSM) sector. The scheme was notified in July 2012.

IT park to be operational before GIS, EoI to be invited soon
Source: The Times of India; April 28, 2016

Madhya Pradesh State Electronic Development Corporation Limited (MPSEDC) would soon be floating expression of interest (EOI) for the up-coming IT park in Indore. The park is likely to be operational before Global Investors Summit (GIS) 2016 slated to commence from October 21. "We are planning to float the EOI by May and are expecting a good response from the city-based firms. It would be focussing on electronic software design and manufacturing (ESDM). We also plan to rent out spaces and even an additional incubation centre is there in the project. The concept would be similar to the Crystal IT Park," said MPSEDC official sources. Spread over an area of 1.47 lakh square feet at the electronic complex, the IT park would boost software manufacturing segment in the state. The structure consists of five floors (ground plus five) with each floor covering an area of 20,000 square feet.

"We are planning to make it operational before GIS and it will be a great boost to the information technology sector of Indore. Recently, Indore has developed its image as an emerging IT hub and we are hopeful this would give a platform to the city-based firms and create an identity for them," said M Silvendran, director, MPSEDC.

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