The 19th Express Technology Sabha will focus on the following topics:

Smart Electronic Service Delivery

With smartphones bringing the Internet to the doorsteps of every Indian, the government has a significant opportunity to bring about a massive change in the way services are delivered and consumed. This session will look at some of the most successful eGovernance projects and understand what it takes to ensure seamless and effective electronic service delivery.

Moving beyond eGov: Embracing mobile (mGov)

So far the major focus has been on e-governance for improving overall efficiencies. However, with the proliferation of smartphones and growing numbers of using the Internet over mobile, the adoption of the mobile platform either as mobility solution or as an application for m-governance has become a critical need and necessity. Government organisations including state corporations are now increasingly adopting mobile platforms for interacting with their constituents. This session will take a broad view on how government organisations are using mobile platforms

Re-skilling India for fulfilling the dream of Digital India

While India has a young workforce, is the talent being rightfully utilised to its full potential? Is there a need for changing traditional processes in education and take a relook at the way education is imparted? This session will discuss and debate the critical need for re-skilling in a dynamic world and preparing India’s talent force for a digital future where current skills may become outdated.

Smart Cyber Security for Safer Cities, including Video Crime Monitoring

The Digital India programme will necessitate the movement of public data online. It is expected that a large number of government departments will move their operations to public, private or hybrid cloud systems. In such a scenario, the issues of cyber security will gain more prominence than ever before. During the last 10 years, India has seen a huge surge in the number of cyber security incidents. If appropriate initiatives are not taken by the government then there can be a further scope for cyber security breaches. This session will broadly analyse cyber security challenges and how they could be swiftly and comprehensively addressed.

Bridging The Digital Divide – Broadband for all

Broadband in India is at the inception stage. The government has laid out an ambitious target of 600 million broadband subscribers by 2020. However, today we are having only 70-75 million subscribers. At present Optical Fibre Cable is only available in the larger towns and cities, but with NOFN there is a plan to connect all the 2,50,000 Gram panchayats in the country. This will lead to a huge improvement in broadband penetration. This session will focus on how the country’s digital divide can be bridged, and what policies or initiatives can be taken to further accelerate the momentum for building a robust digital foundation, where Internet access is as basic as water or electricity.

Technologies for Smart Water and Energy Management

It is said that future wars could be fought over water. Given the scarcity of usable water, water can be a commodity that can cause huge conflicts. This is especially true for a country like India which is rapidly urbanizing, and is facing huge challenges to ensure the quality and distribution of an essential commodity like water to all its citizens. Similarly, India has always been a power deficit country, and has consistently faced grid failures and blackouts. Analysts believe that 30% of the power generated in India is wasted in transmission and distribution, due to leakages and theft.

Can technology help and cut down losses in distribution and ensure better management for ensuring regular water and energy supply? This session will broadly discuss on how emerging technologies can help Indian cities in reducing losses through smart network and loss management systems.

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