The Institution of Engineering and Technology India has signed a memorandum of understanding with KPMG and Innomantra to develop and conduct masterclasses on Design Thinking and Systematic Innovation for academia and technology leaders. The content and frameworks of the sessions has been created by KPMG and Innomantra; the IET using its world class framework endorses this programme and will co-certify it with KPMG and Innomantra. These 4 day masterclasses will be held in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai and Coimbatore.
With growing business needs and digital transformation across industries underway, design thinking and systematic innovation is changing the way industries function. By adopting design and systematic innovation thinking principles, businesses can develop low cost working prototypes for various needs and test them in real time, making businesses industry relevant. The collaboration is a result of analysing and understanding the need for academia and technology leaders to be able to address complex problems and transforming their cultures to become more innovative.
On inking the MoU Shekhar Sanyal, Director and Country Head, IET India said, “Design Thinking is at the core of all business process. How practitioners still struggle to integrate these design thinking principles is the way they operate. With IET’s remit of Engineering a better world, we are excited about this partnership with KPMG and Innomantra to bring you a masterclass that helps in doing just that.”
Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Director, Digital Advisory said, “The industry and the business model around them is undergoing disruption because of the changing needs of their customer. Organizations need to continuously design and innovate their offering to keep up pace with the customer perception. KPMG, as a knowledge partner to [IET], is excited about this collaboration as the master class is designed to help the industry practitioner be abreast with the changing needs of our users.
Lokesh Venkataswamy, CEO & Managing Director, Innomantra Consulting Private Limited said, “Innovation is the single biggest driver for growth, productivity and to aspire next. It is also true that many of the organizations that do innovate and have been successful at it, the challenge of making innovations repeatable. Developing real innovation capability requires an adequate, structured and new coherent approach. Innovating ‘design thinking way’ is a pathfinder for exponential possibilities with a designer’s mindset in an Innovation Economy. The innovation lies in the cross-pollination of knowledge and experience IET, Innomantra, and KPMG’s partners to bring thought leadership in Design thinking with a proven framework, and industry experience to unlock one’s true potential to trigger innovation next.”
Hikvision DeepinView Bullet Network Cameras Launched
Hikvision announced the launch of its new DeepinView bullet network cameras with TandemVu technology, expanding the reach of TandemVu technology from PTZ units to bullet-styled models. As their name implies, the new TandemVu-enabled bullet cameras are also able to monitor large scenes and close-up details simultaneously, maintaining both ‘viewpoints’ for improved situational awareness and security capability.
Distinguishing from its PTZ ‘sibling’, DeepinView bullet cameras with TandemVu feature two adjacent bullet lenses. While the top fixed lens provides the big picture at all times, the bottom motorized lens features a 10-50 mm focal length (8A86), or an 8-32mm focal length (8A46), designed to check on specific security events in detail.
Features and benefits of the DeepinView bullet cameras with TandemVu
The requirement of obtaining detailed views while not sacrificing the overall viewpoint drives security technology companies to continuously innovate new types of camera, just like those powered by Hikvision’s TandemVu technology. They integrate the capabilities of multiple cameras in a single unit, boasting reliable and even greater security performance. They also reduce installation efforts with devices that are less cumbersome, making security operators’ job easier.
With Hikvision’s TandemVu-enabled bullet cameras, users can benefit from the following features.
Two-in-one design for cost savings
By applying DeepinView bullet cameras with TandemVu, users eliminate the need to deploy two separate cameras with doubled purchasing cost, installation and maintenance costs, as well as the required technical skills for product linkage. The camera’s two-in-one design also means there is only one IP channel to manage, and only one license is needed on the video management software (VMS) platform.
4K DarkFighter for superb image clarity
The DeepinView bullet cameras with TandemVu also inherit Hikvision’s ColorVu and DarkFighter imaging technologies in their two lenses respectively. The top lens with ColorVu produces 4MP full-color imaging day and night. The bottom lens with DarkFighter now supports 4K resolution for the first time. That means colored images in 4K can be achieved down to 0.0003 lux – ensuring that every security incident is recorded in fine detail.
Innovative ‘fusion light’ for enhanced security efficiency
The cameras are embedded with both supplemental white light and infrared (IR) light on either side that work together in a smart way. The camera activates IR light for normal, low-light operation. When a security event occurs, for example a trespasser or a vehicle enters predefined areas, the white light will be triggered to replace IR, allowing the camera to capture colored images of intruders. The automatic ‘switch on’ function of white light also provides a deterring signal to them, making it clear that they’ve entered into an area with security coverage.
Switchable algorithms for varied security needs
The DeepinView bullet cameras with TandemVu feature four switchable Deep Learning algorithms in their lower unit, including perimeter protection, facial recognition, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), and multi-target-type detection. Accordingly, users can simply enable an algorithm manually for dedicated use, then later switch the algorithm as needed.
This makes the cameras ideal for perimeters, entrances and exits of industrial parks, parking facilities, city streets, and others.
Window heater for reliable outdoor operations
The cameras are made further reliable in cold weathers thanks to a built-in window heater to protect the lens from snow or ice. The heater also prevents fogging on the lens in sudden temperature shifts. In this way, users can always get crystal-clear pictures in harsh environments.
There are two Hikvision TandemVu bullet camera models – iDS-2CD8A46G0-XZ(H)S(Y) and iDS-2CD8A86G0-XZ(H)S(Y).
Tata Tele business service hosts a Successful discussion with CXOs for resilience & business growth in Post COVID world
Tata Tele Business Services (TTBS), hosted CXO Round Table Discussion with industry leaders on building a new mindset for business resilience and growth. The discussion centered around Respond, Reboot and Reinvent as key imperatives; with large Enterprises reinventing their business models as they continue to respond effectively to the aftershocks of the crisis.
While the potential requirement for many organizations is to build digital competency, the larger goal is to be data-driven and leveraging the cloud capabilities. Moreover, witnessing variable cost structures, agile operations, and automation which could create stronger capabilities with digital presence and security.
According to an IDC report, ‘By 2022, 70% of all organizations will have accelerated use of digital technologies, transforming existing business processes to drive customer engagement, employee productivity, and business resiliency.’
Industry representatives such asUpkar Singh, Director IT, Fidelity Information Services India Ltd., Raj Neravathi – Head of Technology, Titan, Yogesh Kothari – Sr. Vice President, Quatrro Business Support Solutions shared their expertise upon business agility, examples from their professional career and how they are successfully driving the digital transformation journey for their organization.
Addressing the session, Mr. Shibhu Davies, Sales Head – North and East, Tata Communications Ltd. said, “There is a plethora of technology available in the market, understanding the most suitable one for a particular business is the key factor. To thrive in the next normal, companies must be data driven to make critical and timely decisions. While there is an uptick in the businesses investing in data and nimble technologies like cloud and AI, many are still struggling to maintain momentum. Businesses need to get out of cultural obstacles, address data privacy and governance challenges to enhance their degree of business transformation.”
Elaborating further on increasing adoption of Cloud communication, Mr. Shibhu Davies explained, “Cloud Communication suite like Smartflo being offered by Tata Teleservices are inherently designed for a digital or hybrid environment and is well-equipped to deal with the growing overlap between digital technology and enterprise operations. Besides enhanced efficiency and operational flexibility, it offers more robust security to your business with a pre-configured unified threat management system.”
Mr. Upkar Singh, Director IT, Fidelity Information Services India Ltd said “Covid has created an unprecedented impact across all regions – organizations that are flexible both from technology and operational perspective have been able to RESPOND in time, REBOOT their functions and are now REINVENTING result oriented approach”
Mr. Raj Neravathi – Head of Technology, Titan said, “During times of catastrophes, leadership plays a very important role in adoption to change. Composure, calmness, honoring and supporting every internal and external stakeholder through thick and thin helps revive business and defines leadership by example.”
Mr. Yogesh Kothari – Sr Vice President, Quatrro Business Support Solutions said, “Challenges that enterprises are facing in the current times is resistance to change. There is a lack of vision for creating a digital journey for the customer and technology know how for their business”
Highlights of discussion:
Challenges in Technology Adoption
The key challenges faced by enterprises for adopting new technologies extend both towards the changing customer experience along with employee pushback. Merely purchasing and implementing a solution in response to a localized issue does not equate to technology adoption and agility. Organizations are considering two key points, recognizing and responding to the shifting trends in consumer behavior and avoiding the initiatives that target specific issues.
The post-covid world has led to unexpectedly increased customer readiness towards trying new channels for interacting with businesses.
Organizations adopting to technology, lead to driving changes strategically through an ongoing process where being receptive to changing consumer trends helps in the formulation of effective roadmaps. These roadmaps can then be used to build better value propositions by leveraging the right technological advancements, leading to business growth and benefits.
Role of Leadership In Bringing Organizational Change
Leadership plays a very critical role while dealing with catastrophes. From healthcare solutions to virtual classrooms, from facilitating remote work and learning, from re-imagining online business models and digital revenue lines, to stepping up the cyber security, organizations are working on new challenges.
The pandemic has accelerated transformation multifariously for businesses in India. Organizations are re-imagining their business models, relooking at talent management strategies, and fast-tracking digitalization efforts to be more resilient to disruption.
Organizations are simplifying and enhancing their IT landscape, architecting systems for integration, balancing operational and capital expenses using the cloud. Investments are being made towards intelligent systems that provide incremental learning abilities.
Technology Investments for a Digital Future
Over the last couple of months, it has become increasingly evident that digital adoption is not negotiable. Having the right technology to power up digital strategies is fundamental in today’s business world. It is a business requirement without which organizations are not able to grow in a rapidly evolving market landscape.
A good business continuity solution that delivers digital workspaces to access critical applications, have accelerated the performance of organizational applications on remote connections. With right platform and solutions clubbed with excessive trainings, organizations have managed to continue with their operations without major loss in productivity or efficiency.
Digital technologies have caused a shift in customer expectations, resulting in a new kind of modern buyer. Today’s consumers are constantly connected and aware of what they can do with technology. Bringing the employees up to speed to cater to the new age customers has been one of the key form of investments for various organizations.
Respond, Reboot and Reinvent – The New Mindset for Growth
Organizations have taken immediate actions focused on keeping people safe and essential business functions operating. This has been relatively marked with high effort and possibly chaotic activity.
Organizations are adopting to the wholistic approach, recognizing evolving customer demand, channels of information consumption, building continued incremental intelligence including technology that provides agility. Agile decision making and strategy setting by enterprises have outsized performance and established a lead over the competition that sustains long after the initial disruption. By reinventing themselves, organizations have learnt to conduct operational processes and workflows in new, repeatable, and scalable ways.
- Gaining New perspectives, relooking at business models and embracing new models of harnessing technology have become business priorities.
- Reinvent on an ongoing basis to build an agile, adaptive & resilient enterprise for a sustainable future.
- Uninterrupted connectivity between all stakeholders, internally within employees and externally with customers and vendors across platforms and touch points is of critical importance.
Bharti Airtel Announces 5G Ready Network
In a major landmark, Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) announced that it has become the country’s first telco to successfully demonstrate & orchestrate LIVE 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city.
Airtel did this over its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA (Non Stand Alone) network technology. Using a first of its kind, dynamic spectrum sharing, Airtel seamlessly operated 5G and 4G concurrently within the same spectrum block. This demonstration has emphatically validated the 5G readiness of Airtel’s network across all domains – Radio, Core and Transport.
Airtel 5G is capable of delivering 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies. Specifically, in Hyderabad, users were able to download a full length movie in a matter of seconds on a 5G phone. This demonstration has underlined the company’s technology capabilities. The full impact of the 5G experience, however, will be available to our customers, when adequate spectrum is available and government approvals received.
Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel said: “I am very proud of our engineers who have worked tirelessly to showcase this incredible capability in Tech City, Hyderabad today. Every one of our investments is future proofed as this game changing test in Hyderabad proves. With Airtel being the first operator to demonstrate this capability, we have shown again that we have always been the first in India to pioneer new technologies in our quest for empowering Indians everywhere.”
“We believe India has the potential to become a global hub for 5G innovation. To make that happen we need the eco system to come together – applications, devices and network innovation. We are more than ready to do our bit.” added Gopal Vittal.
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