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NEC India organizes hackathon to find innovative logistics and transportation solutions using auto rickshaw

Talent knows no boundaries and this was evident in the NEC Hackathon organized by NEC Laboratories India, an R&D center under NEC Technologies India. Themed ‘Smart Logistics & Transportation’, the event attracted numerous young Indian talent with their creative ideas on using the auto-rickshaw to solve India’s social challenges in the field of transportation and logistics. Some of these challenges facing India include road congestion, lack of effective last mile delivery channels, inefficient and fragmented logistics operation, among others.
In the first round, a total of 1,563 teams registered for the hackathon by submitting their creative ideas and solutions and subsequently 30 teams were shortlisted for the final round of the competition held on 16 - 17 February in Bangalore.
Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Akihiko Iketani, Head- NEC Laboratories India, said, “It’s a great pleasure to see the awe-inspiring solutions coming from these talented participants. The NEC Hackathon…

People below age 20 or above 50 more susceptible to fake news: IAMAI Factly report

An extensive survey based study titled, ‘Countering Misinformation (Fake News) in India’ by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Factly has found that people below the age of 20 or those above the age of 50 are most susceptible to be swayed by fake news.
The report is based on an extensive survey covering 891 respondents, along with structured interviews of 30 interviewees from the Technology & Internet Service Providers, Government officials, Law Enforcement, Media & Influencers, Fact Checkers, Academia Political Parties.
The report suggests that while newspapers still remain the top source of information for most, those relatively new to use of technology/internet (or the late adopters) still do not grasp the concept of fake information over these platforms. A substantial section of people is not aware of fact checking organisations and the role of agencies to verify news.
According to the report, most people use social network platforms to connect with frie…

BEL signs Teaming Agreement with Hughes India for Helicopter Satcom Solutions

At Aero India 2019, Bengaluru, Navratna Defence PSU, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Hughes India have entered into a Teaming Agreement for design, development, supply, installation, integration and commissioning of Satellite Communication solutions for helicopters under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

Anandi Ramalingam, Director (Marketing), BEL, and Mr Partho Banerjee, President, Hughes India, signed the MoU in the presence of Mr Nataraj Krishnappa, Director (Other Units), BEL, on February 20, 2019.


The Teaming Agreement will enable MoD’s strategic users to get enabled with helicopter-based Satellite Communication links for real-time and assured communications using ISRO's Ku band satellites. Through this agreement, BEL and Hughes India are collaborating using their respective
state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities in developing these integrated and sophisticated helicopter solutions.

BEL is a Navratna defence PSU with expertise in the design, developm…

Ericsson and Juniper Networks partnership gains momentum with joint transport solutions

Since announcing a deepened partnership in September 2018, Ericsson and Juniper Networks have secured more than 20 new customers worldwide. The two companies are today unveiling further enhancements to their joint 5G transport network and security solutions to meet increasing demand.

Service providers who are looking to deploy 5G-ready networks are turning to the combined Ericsson and Juniper portfolios to deliver the required transport infrastructure, operations and service delivery solutions they need that remove complexity and ensure ease-of-use.

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “The positive market response to our expanded partnership with Juniper is a testimony to the strength of our joint end-to-end transport solutions. We hope to sustain this momentum by further enhancing our leading, high-performance transport portfolio to ensure that next-generation networks continue to benefit our customers.”

Manoj Leelanivas, Chief Product Officer, Juniper Netw…

HDFC Bank collaborates with Route Mobile to showcase RCS Business Messaging at MWC 2019

HDFC Bank has partnered with Route Mobile to showcase Rich Communication Services on Google’s RCS Business Messaging platform at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. Route Mobile is among the leading cloud-communications platform service provider to enterprises, over-the-top (“OTT”) players and mobile network operators.

RCS is an upgrade to SMS on a global scale. Users can now access a range of advanced capabilities from within their native messaging service – capabilities which previously required a separate OTT app to be downloaded. Messaging is no longer limited to sending simple SMS text: it has become a platform. The features of this new platform enable businesses to deliver intuitive and interactive campaigns to their customers while maintaining the reach, reliability and ubiquity of the biggest messaging platform in the world – SMS.

Nitin Chugh, Country Head - Digital Banking, HDFC Bank said “The RCS messaging agent we are showcasing illustrates the constant endeavour by HDFC Bank…

iFFALCON and Flipkart partner to launch the latest edition of ‘iFFALCON TV Days

iFFALCON is all ready to delight the country’s gadget lovers yet again! The exclusive India-centric smart TV brand from TCL Electronic Technology is joining hands with Flipkart to launch the third edition of its popular sales campaign, ‘iFFALCON TV Days’. Scheduled for February 23 and February 24, 2019, the one-of-its-kind initiative has been reintroduced because of the huge demand from customers and iFFALCON fan community across India. With the campaign, iFFALCON is further building on the unparalleled success of its previous sales campaigns and strengthening its leadership position in the Indian market.

Under the latest campaign, iFFALCON will make its entire range of Google-certified Android TVs available for purchase at massive discounts, in addition to providing lucrative exchange offers. iFFALCON customers can also avail a host of benefits such as no cost EMIs, hassle-free delivery, free installation, and free wall-mount, underlining the brand’s promise to facilitate convenient…