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Nominations Open for IESA Technovation Awards 2016
Source: IESA, September 2016

IESA has kick-started Technovation Awards 2016. IESA has been awarding and rewarding new breakthroughs in the ESDM space through Technovation awards for both Industry and academia. Over the years the Technovation awards have set quality standards for the electronics and semiconductor ecosystem. The Awards will honor India’s best individual contributors and organizations that drive the industry forward; and provide them with a platform to showcase their achievements and product successes.

So Hurry Up and Send your nominations now!

The last date for receipt of nominations is 21st October 2016.

Chinese business delegation to visit Kolkata on a 2-day trip
Source: The Times of India; September 18, 2016

A 22 member delegation of China comprising of chairman and senior representatives of companies from metallurgy, mining equipment, steel structure, electrical and electronics, real estate and medical equipments manufacturing sector is arriving in the city on a two day official tour on Monday and Tuesday.

The delegation will meet senior commerce and industry department officials in the two day trip to discuss on business and investment opportunities. The state government has organised an interactive meeting with the delegation at a city hotel on Monday in which the key note address will be delivered by state finance and industries minister Amit Mitra.

Earlier last year. China Vice-President Li Yuanchao had come to the city along with a huge delegation of Chinese ministers and officials and met chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The delegation expressed keen interest in enhancing economic activity with the state Bengal government and also expressed their willingness to cooperate with the state government in developing infrastructure.

Industrial IoT will score over consumer IoT
Source: Mint; September 18, 2016

With over $20 billion in merger and acquisition (M&A) deals and close to $2 billion in funding, the Internet of Things (IoT) witnessed significant traction in 2015.

Between 2010 and 2015, over $7.5 billion has been invested in IoT companies globally in over 900 deals. While until 2014, consumer-focused IoT solutions (primarily in Wearables and Quantified Self) garnered a slightly higher share of total IoT investments, industrial and enterprise IoT solutions attracted over 75% of funding in 2015 as compared to consumer IoT companies.

This trend is expected to continue in 2016 by a larger order of magnitude—2-3 times more than consumer IoT.

IoT is defined as a worldwide network of “things” that include identifiable devices, appliances, equipment, machinery of all forms and sizes with the intelligence to seamlessly connect, communicate and control or manage each other to perform a set of tasks with minimum intervention. The goal of IoT is to enable things to be connected anytime, anyplace, and with anything or anyone.

Industrial and enterprise IoT solutions are primarily in the verticals of smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, smart grids, oil rigs and refineries, wind farms, retail and logistics. Most of these industries have had sensors and been experimenting with sensor-enabled automation for a long time. Now with IoT, the focus is on artificial intelligence and machine learning, security and sensor computing.

PM Modi meets Samsung's Jay Y Lee over Make in India plans
Source: Money Control; September 18, 2016

Underscoring importance of India as a strategic partner for Samsung, the South Korean giant's vice chairman Jay Y Lee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on September 16 and reiterated Samsung’s long-term commitment to the people of India as a strategic partner. Lee apprised Modi of Samsung's business operations and citizenship activities in the country and explained the company's active participation in the Make in India and Digital India initiatives proposed by the prime minister. As Samsung continues to view India as its strategic partner, the ultimate goal for the company, as explained by Lee, is to be not just a foreign investor but extend its role as a local business in the country where it will work with local communities.

Other than initiatives of local manufacturing in India, Samsung also reiterated its commitment to Make for India - an initiative to create local innovations for Indian consumers. The meeting took place amidst the global controversy over Samsung's explosion-prone Galaxy Note 7 phones, which also face a ban in India.

Drone tech will be used extensively: CM Chandrababu Naidu
Source: The New Indian Express; September 19, 2016

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Sunday that drone technology will be used in tourism, agriculture, mines, forests, irrigation projects, maintenance of law and order and municipal administration for real-time governance.

Speaking at a review meeting with the officials of AP fiber grid project at his residence here, Naidu said that drone technology had come handy for crowd control, traffic management and crime control during the recently concluded Krishna Pushkarams. The state government used drone technology in housing and maintenance of canals for better results. He directed the officials to prepare an action plan for use of drones and surveillance cameras throughout the state.

Plans are also afoot to establish an academy in the state to impart training for maintenance and operation of drones, Naidu said. A four-member committee will be appointed to develop and formulate necessary guidelines to improve drone technology and surveillance cameras.

The committee would set up a single window system to develop the drone technology. He said that the committee has to prepare a road map after identifying the experts of drones worldwide and the services they are extending for better administration.

REVVX Hardware Accelerator Launches Batch#2 and Fellowship Programs
Source: BW Disrupt; September 19, 2016

India's own Hardware Accelerator is now 15 Startups strong with the launch of Batch#2 at the Numa Accelerator's Startup Popup Event.

Revvx Founder, Avinash Kaushik, recounted his journey as a Bootstrapped Incubation Hub known as Co-Labs started way back in 2013 with startups like Native5 ( acquired by Myntra) and Hiree ( Acquired by Quikr) and the pivot to Hardware owing to the demand by Corporate Innovation Clients to scout innovative product startups. Satish Mugulavalli, the mentor at Co-Labs and former R&D Head of Verismo Networks, joined Revvx in November 2015. It has been an exciting journey so far working with great startups and Founders.

Revvx has a vision to build an Enabler for Mass Startup Innovation in India which is essentially to build a better and faster channel for Indian Hardware/IOT Product Startups to navigate Prototyping, Funding, Manufacturing, Go to Market and Retail. India imports 65% of its electronics. Exports are negligible. "In 5 years, we want to see Indian Smart Electronics Products powered by Revvx in Global households.We want to bring down the effort and time taken for a startup from Proof of concept to Retail/Sales " says Kaushik.

Do Not Over-Regulate Cloud Services, Telcos Warn TRAI
Source: The Economic Times; September 19, 2016

In response to the telecom regulator Trai's consultation paper on cloud computing, the industry has almost unanimously asked for 'light-touch regulation', warning against over regulating the growing space. As many as 37 stakeholders recommended a host of initiatives.

"In a competitive operating environment, market forces should be allowed to address interoperability, data portability, migration etc," said Nasscom.

The view was endorsed by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

"There is no need to bring laws to govern the cloud service providers as various laws like Information Technology Act and Companies Act MAI said. On the question of data localization -asking MNCs to set up local servers in India -some divergent views emerged in the submissions that were made public by Trai.

"Given the prominence to the national security, Reliance Jio strongly advocates setting up data centres within the country and it becomes relevant while hosting government data," said Ambani's Reliance Jio.

Most submissions including from the US India Business Council, BSA The Software Alliance, AT&T and Vodafone said any requirement for `data localize 1956 are applicable to them and the customers of cloud service -which requires various disclosures, filing and record keeping obligations," IA tion' can impede effective service delivery, and its economic con sequences could be huge.

National Supercomputing Mission to Boost Local Hardware Manufacturing
Source: Business Standard; September 19, 2016

India's national supercomputing mission expects that the Rs 4,500 crore being spent on building supercomputers across universities and research centres would give a leg up to local manufacturing of hardware.

While India has built expertise in creating supercomputing software applications over the years, the focus is now being shifted to building supercomputer hardware in the country, which, up until now, has been procured and assembled.

Rajat Moona, director-general of the Centre of Development for Advanced Computing (CDAC), the government agency spearheading the mission, told Business Standard that except for semiconductor chips, the mission would look at local design and manufacturing of entire supercomputing hardware.

"We are aligning our processes of infrastructure with Make in India initiative. We are saying that supercomputers should be built within the country," said Moona.

"Except for the chips, for which India does not have required infrastructure, CDAC will be building the entire supercomputing hardware and software, integration, cooling system, mechanical systems, data centre layout, everything put together, the complete package."

India Should Become Society of Design and Innovation: Amitabh Kant
Source: Business Standard; September 19, 2016

While India has proven its prowess in auto manufacturing and has emerged as one of the fastest growing markets for global auto giants, it will have to invest more to enhance its auto designing capabilities to remain on the top.

“India should become the society of design and innovation to attain & sustain 9-10 percent growth rate, and private sector has a critical role in developing the growth potential of the design industry,” emphasised Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer, NITI Aayog, at the recently concluded CII International Automotive Design Conclave (IADC) 2016 in New Delhi.

While Government of India will very soon open 4-5 more design institutes, he however said that Indian private sector should also open design institutes for nurturing talent and innovating minds.

“Indian companies need to think large to penetrate global markets by focussing on exports and becoming an integral part of the global supply chain. Make in India is also about intellectual property rights (IPRs), innovation and continuous improvement. IT companies and manufacturing companies need to work together to create a disruptive culture for creating globally competitive designs. Design is all about simplicity,” said Kant.

Next Orbit To Invest $100 Million In Gujarat-Based Semiconductor Project
Source: Livemint?; September 20, 2016

Growth-stage investor Next Orbit Ventures is investing $100 million in a semiconductor fabrication project based in Gujarat, a top executive said.

The investment is being made out of Next Orbit Ventures’s second fund, which is currently raising $750 million. The firm launched its second fund in November to invest mainly in firms that make semiconductor chips, and solar and LED components.

“We are coming as first investors into this fab project to back India’s growing electronics market, which will reach $400 billion by 2020 as per the government of India’s national policy of electronics 2012 estimates, and requires $100 billion of investment for achieving ‘zero import’ target,”

said Ajay Jalan, founder and managing partner at Next Orbit Ventures.

Next Orbit’s investment portfolio includes firms such as Web Element, Cityon Systems Inc., Pranav Sports Academy Ltd, Richway International Trade Ltd, Primark and Sanasa Tech. In April this year, it also invested Rs 115 million in e-commerce firm Infibeam.

Jalan did not identify the project in which Next Orbit is making the investment. The announcement will be made by the government in the next few weeks, he said.

NXP Bets Big On IoT With ‘Innovate In India’ Strategy
Source: CXO Today; September 20, 2016

NXP Semi-conductors today announced its ‘Innovate in India’ strategy to stimulate India’s domestic ESDM drive. The semiconductor company announced the launch of two IoT and wearable platforms, the WaRP7 and Hexiwear, which will give a major headway to India’s initiatives in the IoT space and connected world in general. The 2 platforms looks geared for SME entrepreneurs, Product Design Labs, and other R&D organizations, both large and small with a development solution that enables them to focus on their creative idea and GTM strategy for IOT applications, and product creation instead of working on new designs ground up.

“If the chip is the heart of electronics product, think of our new platforms as a ready to use circulatory system including the heart,”

said Ashok Chandak, Sr. Director, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP Semiconductors.

“NXPs Innovate in India strategy is a step towards realising Government’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘StartUp India’ missions, aligned with the need for product innovation. We believe that product designing will evolve as the success catalyst for India to become an electronics manufacturing nation.”

With India looking to step up on the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Ashok Chandak seemed to lay special emphasis on where NXP stands as an value offer, as the time to embrace IoT across the country gets nearer, with Smart Cities Mission, another flagship initiative of the current government.

Iot, Edge Computing, Big Data – Creating the Next Wave in Data Center Innovation
Source: PC Quest; September 20, 2016

The next wave of data center improvement will be driven by the need for connectivity and using technology to enable data center managers to effectively manage inherently complex environments. While in the past the focus was on improving the management of one facility, the emerging ecosystem of hybrid cloud computing has shifted the management of the infrastructure into an exercise of managing multiple facilities with virtualized environments. Over the past few years, the Internet of Things (IOT) has been a pretty hot topic. It has many definitions. Gartner describes IOT as the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.IDC defines the IoT as a network of networks of uniquely identifiable endpoints (or “things”) that communicate without human interaction using IP connectivity. Whatever the definition, all agree that IOT is gaining momentum and the number of devices projected to be connected by 2020 to be a very large number (estimates range from 20B to 50B devices). These devices could be as varied as a “wearable” capturing data about physical parameters from a person exercising , a sensor that controls and manages the lighting inside a smart building, sensor – enabled pipes detecting water leaks in a “smart water “ setup to machines in a manufacturing plant monitoring their own performance and health. There will be much more such use cases, but in effect, these devices or things when connected will generate data which will need to be accessed, stored, analyzed and secured.

FDI in electronic manufacturing touched Rs 1.23 lakh cr in 2016: Prasad
Source: Business Standard; September 21, 2016

Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said foreign direct investment (FDI) in electronic manufacturing has touched an all-time high of Rs 1.23 lakh crore in 2016 on the back of enabling policies of the government and its Make in India initiative.

The FDI stood at Rs 11,000 crore in 2014, the Minister added.

Speaking during an event here, Prasad said it was important to develop electronics manufacturing in India as a study had predicted that by 2020, the country's import bill of electronics items would surpass the fuel import bills.

The Minister said the government had set up electronics manufacturing clusters in different parts of the country for enhancing manufacturing and when it comes to mobile manufacturing, the volume has reached 11 crore units in 2015-16.

In value terms, mobile phones worth Rs 54,000 crore were made in India and this is likely to touch Rs 94,000 crore in 2016-17.

Apart from electronic manufacturing clusters, the government is offering better tax regime and incentives of MSIPS for electronic manufacturing. The government had removed basic customs duty (10 per cent) and special additional duty (four per cent) proposed on charger, adaptor, batteries and wired headsets.

Rafale Deal worth $ 8.9 billion cleared by Cabinet Committee; contract for 36 fighter jets to be inked on September 23!
Source:; September 21, 2016

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on Wednesday cleared the 36 Rafale fighter deal, the negotiations for which had been going on for quite some time. The fighter jets have been manufactured by France’s Dassault Aviation SA, and will be added to the country’s Air Force fleet with the aim to modernize it. A Cabinet Committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and including Union Defence, Finance and Foreign Ministers too, held a meeting on Wednesday to finalise the deal worth 8 billion euros ($8.9 billion). The deal will be signed later this week in New Delhi, in the presence of the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

According to a report in the Economic Times, Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in India tomorrow, along with the CEO of the manufacturing Dassault Aviation SA, Thales and MBDA, to finalize the much-awaited deal. A French “working team” is already in town and is working with their own translators on the contract, which runs into thousands of pages, with their Indian counterparts. The deal has been finalized after months of negotiations which began in January this year. India negotiated a price reduction of Euro 590 million on the deal. The deal would have been fanalized earlier, had not India wanted to seal it at a better price.

Compiled by IESA Research

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