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IFoxconn to replace 60,000 workers with robots
Source: Domain-b; May 28, 2016

If you thought artificial intelligence was some way away from replacing humans, here is an eye-opener – Foxconn, the largest contract electronics manufacturer in the world, has replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots.
The Apple and Samsung supplier's Foxconn One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post. Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added, "More companies are likely to follow suit." China is investing heavily in a robot workforce.
In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating "many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations" but denied that it meant long-term job losses. "We are applying robotics engineering and other innovative manufacturing technologies to replace repetitive tasks previously done by employees, and through training, also enable our employees to focus on higher value-added elements in the manufacturing process, such as research and development, process control and quality control.

Apple's Plans to Open More Stores in India Hits Roadblock, Govt. Refuses To Relax 'Locally Sourced Products' Rule
Source: Indiatimes; May 28, 2016 plans-to- open-more- stores-in- india-hits-roadblock-govt-refuses-to-relax-locally-sourced-products-rule-255772.html

Indian Finance Ministry has rejected Apple's request to relax some norms to allow it to open official Apple Stores in the country.
This is because the company won't be complying with a pre-condition for setting up single-brand retail stores in the country, which mandates that 30 percent of the products should be sourced locally.
Apple cannot meet this requisite as most of its products are made in China.
The finance ministry has opposed the request of Apple citing that it goes against the government's Make in India policy.
The company had sought exemption from the local sourcing norms as the US-based giant makes state-of- the- art and cutting-edge technology products for which local sourcing is not possible.
It has no wholly-owned store in India and sells its products through distributors.
Single-brand retailers are also allowed to take e-commerce route for such trading. At present, 100 per cent FDI is permitted in the sector.
Apple have pitched high hopes on India, due to its fast growing market. The company had opened a development office in Hyderabad earlier this year, with 150 employees, plus contractors, working on Apple Maps.

Bengaluru will be in Smart City race: Venkaiah Naidu
Source: The New Indian Express; May 28, 2016

Bengaluru will be among cities to be in the Smart City race next year, said Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu. He was in the city to be part of Vikas Parv, an event to mark the completion of two years of the NDA government in the Centre. Addressing the gathering, Naidu said there was no proposal from the State government to include Bengaluru in the Smart city initiative. “But, we did it on our own on Wednesday, which has been approved. With this Bengaluru will be one among city to be in race for Smart city,” he said. If Bengaluru gets the Smart City tag, it will help the city cut down on pollution, decongest traffic and much more, he added.
Speaking about the NDA’s initiatives, Naidu said the Central government will allot funds for the upcoming Peripheral ring road and other ring roads. “Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has approved the suburban rail project for Bengaluru,” he added.
Naidu said as much as `4,327 crore will be utilised for development of 27 towns in Karnataka under the Amruth City Scheme. “A sum of `8,000 crore will be given to Karnataka, including Bengaluru under various schemes,” he said.
Union Minister for State Finance Jayant Sinha applauded Bengaluru and said it is the Indian Capital for Start.

Avnet India launches product testing service for electronics product design in India
Source: EE Herald; May 29, 2016

Avnet India launches product testing service for electronics systems product design in India. Avnet customers can test their product designs at Avnet Design Center. Avnet said it also offers on-site technical advice and design support to its customers to help them reduce the number of design iterations and the product certifying process at the authorized labs.
The new service is currently exclusive to India market. In Indian market, the product testing and certification is becoming important due to The Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India has made compulsory for certain electronics and IT product categories to mandatorily register with BIS for ensuring safety standards.
The leading test lab TÜV Rheinland India is already providing some kind of design-support during product testing.
For Avnet the multiple levels of design-support to its customers is a market differentiator so that it can finally sell more electronic components and semiconductor ICs to its Indian customer, that's where the objective lies.
In electronic component distribution market, design support from concept to reality is becoming more important in markets such as India, where it is expected the demand for electronics products to grow faster compared to other parts of the world.

Look into my eyes: Made-in- India Iris recognition on a new Samsung tablet
Source: Deccan Chronicle; May 30, 2016 news/300516/look-into- my-eyes- aadhaar-prompts-samsung- to-make- in-india.html

Huge potential of Aadhaar prompts Samsung to ‘make in India’ for its tablet-based iris authentication technology.
Last week, Samsung, staged a dramatic demo in Delhi. As the Telecom Regulatory Authority's Chairman, R.S. Sharma and the Unique Identification Authority of India's Director General A.B.P. Pandey, watched, a Samsung engineer used a just-launched tablet PC to scan the iris of Aloknath De, Samsung's India R&D head.
Dr De supplied his Aadhaar number. Within a second, the tablet reported that it had successfully established that he was who he claimed to be -- and brought up his Aadhaar card on the screen.
The resounding taalis aside, this was a development whose potential is only now sinking in. Samsung's Bangalore-based engineers have designed and developed what is arguably the first -ever tablet PC-based system to authenticate a person's identity with near infallibility. To do this the team led by Dr De has incorporated a special camera to scan the iris of a person's eyes and uses a formula called 2-factor authentication to identify him or her to 99.9 percent certainty

Vans to drive awareness for Digital India
Source: The Indian Express; May 30, 2016 technology/digital-india-ravi-shankar-prasad-narendra-modi-digital-india- awareness-2825045/

Sixteen vans, fourteen of which will be flagged off by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday, will comprise the first phase of government’s Digital India Outreach Campaign to create awareness about its flagship programme, a government official said.
These vans will be equipped with audio-visual facilities, internet connectivity and other material to inform citizens in the rural parts of the country about the government’s plan to improve connectivity.
One of the key facets of the Digital India programme is increasing connectivity and internet penetration in rural areas of the country. The National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) programme, which proved to be a laggard in the early days was rebranded by the government as Bharat Net and several new frameworks were developed to ensure the Centre’s target is met.
While the new optical fibre project may have only started picking pace, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has put its eggs in other baskets too, to ascertain that its aim of boosting rural connectivity does not go unmet.
In the first phase of the outreach campaign, which will run till July, 16 vans will cover 34 districts of nine states: Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh.

Next round of spectrum auction in 2-3 month
Source: The Hindu Business Line; May 30, 2016

Lately, Following the success of the spectrum auction of 2015, which raked in the highest-ever returns of ?1.10 lakh crore last year, the Centre is now gearing up for the next round of public sale of airwaves. Though the date for the auctions is yet to be finalised, Union Minister for Communications & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said it would happen “shortly”, in the next two-three months. In a tete-a- tete with BusinessLine, the Minister said the next round of auctions is likely to see the high quality 700 MHz spectrum for 4G services being put on sale. The Minister, who was in Mumbai to launch various services and schemes of the Department of Posts, BSNL and MTNL, also spoke about how Digital India would be a game changer and of the Prime Minister’s vision to provide governance in the palm of every Indian. Excerpts:
My government has been holding transparent auctions. Earlier, the 2G scandal took place in Sanchar Bhavan, and now those are things of the past. The last auction, which was the most transparent one, fetched the highest returns of ?1.10 lakh crore. This year also we propose to do the same. What I expect is to put the highest quantity — 2000 MHz of spectrum — on auction this time, and therefore on my part I have done all the policy initiatives such as spectrum trading and sharing, harmonisation, liberalisation and sharing of active and passive infrastructure. Now, let the operators bid for the spectrum through a fair auction. The auction would happen shortly, in the next two-three months.

Manufacturing’s third dimension: 3D to replace traditional methods for customized manufacturing
Source: The Economic Times; May 31, 2016 dimension-3d- to-replace- traditional-methods- for-customized- manufacturing/articleshow/52511948.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_ca mpaign=cppst

Devi Shetty, chairman & founder, Narayana Health, has operated on hundreds of hearts. But last month, David Reis, CEO, Stratasys, showed him a plastic heart , printed on a 3D printer , much like a print out of a word document. This 3D heart prototype was printed from a CT scan and gave a better idea of the heart when compared to a 2D image. It's particularly useful in pediatric cases as baby hearts are very small and looking for problems, like a hole in heart, is made easier via a 3D prototype. Says Reis, the chief of the 3D printing company: "the model helps plan an operation on a real structure, and not a 2D image."
Reis, in India to explore the market and open Stratasys second office in Gurgaon, has been meeting potential customers like hospitals, auto makers and manufacturing companies. The $750 million Stratasys headquartered in Minnesota, US already has an office in Bangalore. There are about a dozen 3D manufacturing companies in India including Cycloid Systems , Imaginarium , Brahma 3, Think 3D , and 3Geometry .
The companies engage in selling printers, prototyping, preparing molds and so on. Last fortnight HP, which counts Nike and BMW among its customers launched two new 3D printers 3D printing is nascent but promises to reprint the manufacturing processes in the long term.

Xiaomi doesn’t want waiver of norms for retail outlets; its Make in India to involve 30% local sourcing
Source: The Financial Express; May 31, 2016

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which had earlier sought an exemption from the mandatory 30% local sourcing norms to set up its own retail outlets in India, has now said it doesn’t need the waiver any more, department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) secretary Ramesh Abhishek said on Monday.
Xiaomi has written to the DIPP saying it doesn’t need the waiver as it is manufacturing here and will be able to meet the local sourcing norms. Last month, a panel, headed by Abhishek, had sought more material from Xiaomi to support its claim of using “cutting-edge technology”. According to foreign direct investment (FDI) norms, the government may relax the sourcing condition for entities undertaking single-brand retailing if they have “cutting-edge” technology and where local sourcing is not feasible.
The spotlight has been on Xiaomi after Apple’s application for such a waiver was turned down by the finance ministry earlier this month. Another Chinese mobile phone maker, LeEco, has also sought such a waiver. According to the FDI rules on proposals involving FDI beyond 51% in single-brand retailing, “sourcing of 30% of the value of goods purchased will be done from India, preferably from MSMEs, village and cottage industries, artisans and craftsmen, in all sectors”.

Narendra Modi’s Digital India To Become $1 Tn Economy In The Next 5 Years
Source: Tele Analysis; May 31, 2016

Digital India is progressing well and will become a $1 trillion economy in the next 5 years says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Presenting the two years achievements of ministry of communications & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, cabinet minister of communications & IT said, “Digital India will be a $1 trillion economy in the next 5 years.” Commenting on the break-up of Digital India, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Electronics manufacturing will contribute $400 billion, IT and ITES will contribute $350 billion and $250 billion will come from the communications sector.
Top Eleven Achievements Of Communications & IT Ministry In Last 2 Years Shift From Corruption To Transparency: The shift from corruption to transparency resulted in highest ever revenue collection of Rs 1.10 lakh crore from Spectrum Auctions 2015.
Removing Policy Paralysis: Policies related to spectrum trading, spectrum sharing, spectrum liberalization, defence band identification, virtual network operator, full mobile number portability and sharing of active and passive infrastructure which were pending for a long time was cleared by Narendra Modi government.

Missiles, choppers, submarines: Anil Ambani's ambitious Make in India defence plan
Source: India Today; May 31, 2016 defence-plan- choppers-submarines/1/680718.html

Anil Ambani's Reliance Group has never made a military helicopter, missile system or submarine in its history but that isn't stopping the tycoon from seeking to win contracts to manufacture all of that military hardware and more.
Known for taking some ambitious bets over the past decade, some of which have failed to deliver, Ambani's plans to turn Reliance into a major defence company may be one of his boldest yet. It has already bid for Rs 840 billion in government contracts, senior executives said, though it hasn't yet won any of those. Ambani Plans To Turn Reliance Into A Major Defence Firm.
The success of the strategy will depend partly on whether he can persuade government officials and international partners that he can build sophisticated equipment and partly on whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi can get India's notoriously slow procurement process to work.
Modi has made defence a big part of his "Make in India" programme. As part of any defence contract, he is demanding foreign companies tie up with a local partner, transfer technology and move some manufacturing to India.
At stake is $250 billion in defence contracts the government is expected to award over the next 10 years as it looks to upgrade the military's aging equipment.

IoT to overtake mobiles by 2018: Report
Source: Business Standard; June 2, 2016 to-overtake- mobiles-by- 2018-report-116060100885_1.html

The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23 per cent annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest growth rate. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, nearly 16 bn will be IoT devices. Western Europe will lead the way in adding IoT connections. The number of IoT devices in this market is projected to grow 400 per cent by 2021. This will principally be driven by regulatory requirements.
The report said mobile data traffic in India would grow 15 times by 2021. India expanded the most in terms of net addition during the first quarter of 2016 (calendar year), adding 21 million, followed by Myanmar (5 mn) and Indonesia (5 mn).
For example, for intelligent utility meters, and a growing demand for connected cars including the European Union’s e-call directive to be implemented in 2018. E-call is an automatic emergency call system for motor vehicles.
Rima Qureshi, senior vice-president and chief strategy officer, Ericsson, says: “IoT is now accelerating as device costs fall and innovative applications emerge. From 2020, commercial deployment of 5G networks will provide additional capabilities that are critical for IoT, such as network slicing and the capacity to connect exponentially more devices than is possible today.”

Brand Hyderabad now bigger: Telangana ushers in IT 2.0
Source: Deccan Chronicle; June 2, 2016

The government has ushered in IT 2.0 in Hyderabad, which focuses on research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It's no longer a pure cost-arbitrage play any more. “The IT industry has changed drastically over the recent years. It is no longer about just software. It's a mix of software, hardware and electronics. The Telanagana government has utilised the opportunities presented to the changed IT senario very well,” says Nasscom chairman B.V.R. Mohan Reddy. According to him, Mr Rao is trying to have a fair balance between big giants like Apple and Google among others and encouraging startups through an outstanding institute like T- Hub. Of all the steps that the government has taken for the industry, the most important and the game- changing, according to Progress Software president Ramesh Loganathan, is that they are listening.
“Their policies always take the industry’s inputs into consideration. “In the long run, Mr Reddy feels the steps taken by the Telangana government will further strengthen the Brand Hyderabad, especially in the technology space. The government has streamlined the education system. The quality control measures of the government were so stringent that some of the colleges themselves have opted to shut down.”
Apart from promising faster clearances, the government’s new industrial policy TS-iPASS imposes penalty upon bureaucrats for delaying permissions. In the last 12 months, about 75 medium and mega projects and 396 state level projects apart from 1,623 district level projects were given approvals by the government, creating as many as 1.2 lakh jobs.

Samsung’s in-house incubator program ‘C-Lab’ churns out five new startups
Source: The Tech Portal; June 2, 2016 house-incubator- program-c- lab-five- new-startups/

Samsung is launching five home-brewed projects as independent startups from its in-house incubation center, the Creative Lab(C-Lab). The C-Lab was established as an attempt to allow the working personnel to innovate and develop ideas alongside their existing company projects. With the help of Creative Lab, who gave the Samsung employees a chance to walk their own creative path, and take a year off from work have now established their projects into full-scale businesses. As a result of this program, 18 employees working for Samsung resigned and starting working full-time on their innovations. Though the Creative Lab has been a part of Samsung’s work culture for quite sometime now, but this is the first time the Korean multinational is introducing their garage projects as separate entities into the real world of startups. After double-checking the valuations(once themselves, second by VC’s), Samsung is showcasing the top five projects which have the potential to be a commercial success.
The first product is actually a fashion accessory that you wear around your daily – a belt. But this is no ordinary belt, this is smart belt called the WELT. This is a smart device that you will wear around your waist as usual, but this has some sensors and a hardware device built into it. This will keep track of your waist size(ladies keep your phone well-hidden), your steps, eating habits and will even act as a fitness tracker.

India expects $56 billion investment in electronics sector
Source: Economic Times; June 2, 2016 56-billion- investment-in- electronics-sector/articleshow/52548484.cms

India is expecting $56 billion worth of investments over the next four years in the electronics sector to meet its increasing demand, an official has said here.
"We must have an electronics output of $400 billion a year by 2020 to meet domestic demand and generate exports worth $80 billion," Director in the Department of Electronics and IT Ministry S K Marwaha said.
India has allowed 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment ( FDI ) in the electronics sector with a 25 per cent subsidy, he said yesterday during 'India Connect' business forum organised at the ongoing CommunicAsia2016 exhibition being held from May 31 to June 3 in Singapore.
Marwaha underlined the need to increase electronics sector output by $300 billion over the next four years, given the strong hi-tech products demand, which will also be coming from the development and retrofitting of 98 Smart Cities across the country. Current electronics demand in India is $100 billion.
To date, India has received $16 billion of new investments for the electronics sector, according to Marwaha who expects the industry to be $100 billion-strong along with $28 billion of existing investments and the new $52 billion required input.

Mouser Electronics Named 2015 Catalog Distributor of the Year by Vishay Intertechnology
Source: Press Release; June 3, 2016

Mouser Electronics, the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, has been honored as 2015 North American Catalog Distributor of the Year by Vishay Intertechnology, a leader in the manufacture of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components.
Mouser executives received the award at the recent Electronic Distribution Show (EDS) in Las Vegas. Mouser was given the top award from Vishay for their overall highest growth in both customer count and point of sale (POS) of products, including new products.
"At Vishay we have learned to count on Mouser to excel at what they do," said Joel Smejkal, Sr. Vice President Global Distribution Sales at Vishay Intertechnology. "Mouser's consistent attention to our needs, attention to details, new product introductions and overall professionalism help us grow our business. We are proud of our association with Mouser and we are very pleased to present them with this important award."

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