Another highlight of the event was the high number of conferences and workshops organised at the venue. An impressive line-up of senior government representatives, leaders from large corporates and young tech start-ups, along with a mix of entrepreneurs, accelerators, incubators and academia addressed packed rooms and responded to queries from an inquisitive audience. The outcome of the activities was that IoT is an integral part of our daily lives and its role will only increase. As Dr. Subi C haturvedi, Senior President, YES Bank, said during a panel discussion on ‘Digital transformation in India: Progress and challenges’, “The internet is a great leveller since it brings both men and women online, which holds great significance for the growth of the digital ecosystem. …. We need to create a workforce of the future along with adopting AI, and emphasise on re-skilling the current force. The transformation that is about to take place will require higher investments towards digital capacity building.”
During a discussion on ‘Industry 4.0: Innovation through digital collaboration’, Shri Sudhanshu Mittal, Director – Industry 4.0, Centre of Excellence for IOT, NASSCOM said, “Industry 4.0 will enable businesses to adopt digital technology no matter at what stage of maturity they are in when it comes to the use of technology in the enterprises…Businesses need to try out different solutions and systems and see what works for them, and then take the necessary steps to integrate the right ones into the organisation.”
A panel discussion session titled ‘Cybersecurity/Cybercrime: Breaching data is a reality. What is the way ahead?’ saw speakers from the IT and cybersecurity, as well as academic domains discussing the current data security scenario both at the enterprise as well as consum er/user level. Dr. Sriram Birudavolu, CEO – Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, Data Security Council of India (DSCI) said, “Classifying data according to the level of sensitivity is imperative for companies today and the first step towards creating robust data management systems. Simply implementing laws is not enough for cybersecurity. Rather, a culture needs to be instituted in the country for managing data and keeping it secure like any other asset.”
While the 27th Convergence India 2019, the Embedded Tech India 2019 and Mobile India 2019 expos were co-organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Exhibitions India Group; the Internet of Things India 2019 expo was co-organised by NASSCOM Centre of Excellence – Internet of Things (CoE-IoT). All events were supported by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Science & Technology, Digital India, Niti Aayog and NSIC.
The IoT expo, with a display of a vast array of products from fields such as ICT, IT & ITeS, broadcast & digital media, emerging technologies, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud services, etc., attracted a large number of students and individuals as well. They explored the exhibition floors in excitement, stopping to learn more or even test the latest technologies and gadgets. A group of students from a premier engineering university said, “Attending the expo helped me realise how vast IoT is. I am most eager to now be part of this and probably stand here as an exhibitor in a few years’ time.” Another pe rson said, “I have been to a number of technology expos, but the quality of the exhibits at Convergence India has been most remarkable.”
Andrey Bakumenko, Deputy CEO, WAVIoT: The event has brought us lots of leads and plenty of opportunities to network. We propose the best connectivity technology for IoT devices. At this expo we were able to explain in detail the advantages of our NB-Fi protocol and demonstrate the full range of WAVIoT products.
Ranjeet Koul, VP & Country Head- APAC and MEA, Aeris Communications: IoT presents us the greatest opportunity to evolve the basic citizen services in the field of health, agriculture and other verticals. But at the same time, the technology poses a challenge with respect to the skills needed by the next generation workforce. At Aeris we realised the potential of IoT to enable the services in multiple sectors and have already started to monetise it. At the same time, we understand the huge skill gap which needs to be bridged. Aeris IoT Centre of Excellence in universities is our initiative towards skill development and capacity building for IoT in India.
Rajeev Goyak, Managing Director, Cloud Infotech Pvt. Ltd.: Convergence India is a great platform for the VOIP/UC segment of telecom sector to showcase and offer telecom solutions and products. Cloud Infotech benefits immensely by participating at the event due to its offering of converged solutions of different VOIP products under a single roof. The event has always helped cloud infotech create identity, brand and boost up sales every year.
Apart fran IoT, a discussion on the New Tariff Regime notified by TRAI was held in which many prominent state holders presented their point of view. Mrs Roop Sharma, President COFI also welcomed the new tariff regime but lamented that without the 15% cap on discount from the pay channels in bouquets, consumers still did not get the right to choose.