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How Tech Companies are Assisting the Indian Government to Leverage Advanced Technology

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As the world evolves with technology, the key government functions are up for overhauls. While ushering India into a digital age, the government is also warming up to adopting newer and advanced technologies.

Driven to solve real-world problems with their technology and businesses expertise, Indian start-ups and enterprises are leaving no stone unturned to aid different government functions. Here are some of the exciting collaborations between the government bodies and Indian enterprises that has not only transformed the operations but also promise to drive India’s future as a tech-enabled and digital economy in the world.

Telubu for better communication during political campaigning: Governments are run by elected representatives, and election campaigning in digital age is all about adopting the latest technology. A tech-driven digital solution is being creatively offered by Telubu, an integrated communications platform. Several political candidates are now using Telebu’sGrptalk to seamlessly communicate with their team comprising as many as 10,000 members, even in regions with low network coverage. This is enabling them to reach out to their voters better, thereby facilitating better communications during electoral process.

Haptik for better discovery of government services: Collaborating with India’s largest conversational AI platform, Haptik, the Government of Maharashtra has recently launched Aaple Sarkar chatbot. What Aaple Sarkar chatbot does is that it provides access to over 392 government services online. It also provides information about more than 1,400 public services using a very simple, conversational approach. Had this not been done, people would have to needlessly browse the Aaple Sarkar RTS (Right to Services) website to find everything other than what they were looking for.

Oncam for better traffic management: We all get annoyed when someone is not following the traffic rules. It is because everyone eventually gets late because that ‘one person’ was in a hurry. What happens over a period of time is that everyone starts following the same pattern, thereby putting everyone at harm. To prevent scenarios such as these, Oncam, a globally leading smart surveillance player, has tied up with multiple traffic departments in India. Using its 360-degree and 180-degree surveillance solutions alongside video analytics technology, the surveillance player is able to automatically detect traffic violations and immediately book the respective person/vehicle.

Staqu for better law enforcement: Police forces in India have been riddled with several challenges and bottlenecks, including obsolete technology. However, Gurgaon-based AI start-up, Staqu, is transforming the way in which Indian police forces work. With its AI-powered mobile app, Staqu digitizes the available crime records and help police forces nab criminals with real-time information retrieval. Through facial recognition or other biometrics, police forces can, in real-time, get criminal records and thus, optimise routine checks, tenants verifications, and operations at various check-points. Staqu has also integrated its AI criminal search software with smart glasses which helps police forces exercise better control during processions and rallies; with smart glasses, police forces can simply scan the crowd to identify any miscreants. The app currently has over 1 million criminal records, and is present across Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.

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Dinesh Nair Appointed as Director for Consumer Business Lenovo India

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Global technology leader Lenovo has appointed Dinesh Nair as Director, Consumer Business for India region. Dinesh succeeds Mr. Shailendra Katyal, who has recently been appointed Site Leader for Lenovo India and Managing Director of Lenovo’s PC and smart device business in India. 

Dinesh Nair has been an integral part of the Lenovo India consumer business for more than 11 years and has worked successfully across several roles. His most recent role was as the sales & channel management lead for Lenovo’s consumer segment in India. He has handled leadership responsibilities across offline general trade retail, distribution management, field sales, eCommerce, large format retail and category management, and has been a key contributor to the company’s growth journey in India. 

“During this difficult time in India, we are working hard to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers and I am grateful that we have excellent leaders in place to bring our team together and offer this support. I am proud to hand over the reins of the consumer business to Dinesh. At the same time, this is a demonstration of our commitment to developing talent internally. I am sure he, along with the consumer leadership team, will propel the business to new heights,” said Shailendra Katyal, Managing Director, Lenovo India.

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ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament

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ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.

The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.

Tournament Structure

The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion. 

The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:

  • Country qualifiers
  • Country finals
  • Asia Pacific finals

Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.

Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals. 

Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.

Prizes

3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:

ROG Masters APAC ChampionshipAPAC Finals (USD/ team)
1st$10,000
2nd$3,500
3rd$1,500

Registration and Official Tournament Website

Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.

Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.

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Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars

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Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.

Tournament Format

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region. 

The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively. 

Invited Teams

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia. 

The team captains for each nation are: 

India

  • Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
  • Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
  • Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)

Bangladesh

  • Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
  • Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
  • Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)

Nepal 

  • Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
  • Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
  • Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)

Pakistan

  • RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
  • Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
  • The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)

Broadcast Details:

Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!. 

To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.

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