Girls in Tech Foundation, a Non Governmental Organization in association with Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and US Embassy, Hyderabad organised the first all women ‘She Builds Tech – Smart City Hackathon’ in Vizag, spanning two days, 19-20 August, 2017. The event was held at Green Park Hotel and was supported by Fluentgrid, IBM, Bayer India and Wave Labs with major focus on collaborative governance, improved accessibility to physical infrastructure, eco-friendly solutions for smart city and Tech Nari – empowering women in technology.
Fluentgrid, one of the sponsors of the event, assisted Girls in Tech Foundation through its Corporate Social Value (CSV) division. On this occasion Mrs. Vani Gannamani, Director, CSV remarked that Fluentgrid believes in impactful technology that reaches every nook and corner, and for the right impact of technology, it is noteworthy to support initiatives like the Smart City Hackathon.
300 students from some of the top universities of AP and Telangana took part in the event. The participants were motivated to build solutions with inputs from corporate mentors. The teams went thorough idea generation session, planning session, coding session and then their final work was brought to the panel of jury on Sunday. Mentors from Fluentgrid limited guided a team from Y S R Engineering College of Yogi Vemana University from Proddatur. ‘Nano Sol’ – a solar energy harnessing paint, a water grid solution, geo fencing, ‘Intelligent Ambi’ – a smart ambulance service and ‘Tour Gel’ were among the winning solutions.
During the inaugural function, the Chief Guest Mr. Y. Sujana Chowdary, Minister of state for Science and Technology & Earth sciences said that Women entrepreneurs should be encouraged to use technology solutions for driving the nation forward.
An interactive luncheon meeting was hosted by Fluentgrid in honour of the US Consul General – Ms.Katherine B. Hadda and her team comprising of Mr.Donald F Mulligan – US Consular Chief, Mr.Geoffrey Chin – Political and Economic Associate and Ms.Annette D’Silva -U.S.Commercial Assistant, during their visit to Visakhkapatnam on the 28th July 2017 at Varun Beach Novotel.
Mr.Murali Krishna Gannamani, MD & CEO, Fluentgrid Ltd. welcomed all the guests and gave a brief of the historical background of the beautiful city of Visakhapatnam and how it has transformed from a small fisherman’s village to emerging as one of the major industrial hub with major Public Sector Undertakings, having a strategic naval base and is now the IT destination for the Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh which is presently ranked No-1 state in “Ease of Doing Business”. He said that Visakhapatnam, endowed with it’s natural beauty, is becoming a major tourist destination. In light of the above and the huge local talent pool, the region looks forward to huge investments from US companies in different sectors for a mutually rewarding and long term association.
Ms.Katherine B. Hadda, US Consul General, Hyderabad thanked all the leaders for coming and thanked Fluentgrid for hosting the luncheon meeting. She mentioned that her meeting with the Visakhapatnam Port Chairman was good and that the Chairman is open to exploring better technological solutions from US for controlling the dust pollution in the Vizag port zone. She appreciated the beauty of Vizag and mentioned that Vizag seems to show promise in many industries and that US Consulate at Hyderabad will help companies and introduce wherever possible to any investment and partnership opportunities across different sectors. She encouraged the industry leaders to communicate with the US Consulate on any issues faced or any help required. Ms.Katherine also mentioned that the US Government through US Trade and Development Agency(USTDA) is funding for drawing up the master plan for three smart cities in India and that includes Visakhapatnam and for which a consortium of three US Companies was formed i.e. AECOM, KPMG and IBM. She answered few questions from some industry leaders and all the team members interacted with the industry leaders during lunch.
As a first step to revitalizing Visakhapatnam into a smarter and more sustainable city, Fluentgrid Ltd (formerly Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd), in association with Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), has launched a state-of-the-art centralized City Command Center.
IBM, Smart City Council’s lead partner in India, partnering with two other US-based organizations — AECOM and KPMG — has prepared the entire master plan for Vizag Smart City, marking a strong American role in the city’s ambitious plan.
City Command Center Launched
Connecting for the first time multiple city-level services and providers onto a single platform, the newly launched City Command Center in Vizag will immediately usher in smarter and more efficient governance capabilities for GVMC, helping lay the foundation for implementing the city’s Smart City agenda. Interestingly, the Visakhapatnam center, which acts as a headquarters for the state, can be integrated in the future with all cities of Andhra Pradesh.
How it will work
Fluentgrid’s time-tested mPower product suite will set up the entire ICT infrastructure for the command center. The center will display an executive dashboard with KPIs to monitor various department-level dashboards by analyzing data and AV streams emerging from a wide variety of systems.
This data will be analyzed and correlated with data coming from other departments to identify abnormal events, patterns and exceptions, to alert the concerned entities for further action. Any disruption in a city service or process will be reported as an incident which can be resolved as per SLAs.
Dreaming San Francisco
Earlier last year, the Indian government signed agreements with the Obama administration to include Vizag as one amongst the three cities that will be developed as Smart Cities in collaboration with various US government agencies.
Building on this momentum, Vizag also ranked 8th in the 100 Smart Cities Challenge of India. It has an overwhelming 1.5 million citizens contributing to the Smart City plans, to identify various city-level services and issues.
For the larger project where the US agencies are involved, the government authorities have been benchmarking Vizag with San Francisco when it comes to the targeted outcomes. San Francisco was also chosen because of the geographical similarity. Situated in northern California, the city is on the tip of a peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and a bay. San Francisco is also known for its hilly landscape, among other picturesque places. Vizag, too, has a hilly terrain, with several big formations such as Kailasagiri and Rishikonda overlooking the Bay of Bengal.
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luentgrid Limited participated in the recently concluded India Smart Grid Week 2016 at New Delhi.
Focusing on the challenges and opportunities in building support towards establishing Smart Grids in India, experts in the field of energy and Policy makers from the government were joined by leaders from corporate sector across the globe in this 3 day event.
Indian government’s plan to set up 100 Smart Cities and 500 Smart Towns, has fuelled a rapid market growth for Smart Grids, which aims to touch Rs. 50,000 crores in the next 4 to 5 years from the present level of sub Rs. 100 crores.
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy interacted with Mr. Anil Kumar Arora, VP – Smart Grids and other Fluentians at our stall. Mr. Piyush Goyal strongly advocated the need for India to adopt smart grids and concepts to improve energy access for ensuring that power reaches all in the country.
According to Mr. Reji Kumar Pillai, reliable electric grid is the most critical enabler for all other systems in a Smart City, it is expected that all 100 smart cities and 500 smart town will have smart grids in the next 5-10 years.
Our CSR arm “CitYzen” promotes citizen-centric smart city movement using technology as an enabler.
“Smart Kiralmpudi” pilot project is another one of the many efforts by CitYzen to move in the direction of its long term initiative of striving to foster sustainable and resilient communities for a better society.
As part of Smart Kirlampudi, our Smart Street Light Solutions (SSLS) is designed to act as a central nervous system for all the connected sensor networks. SSLS serves as a data carrier network for Smart meters, Air quality sensors, Wi-Fi connectivity, Surveillance systems and many more Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices.
SSLS data is routed to the Central Command Centre which gives the complete control to manage each of the integrated devices independently.
LED based lights are fitted to SSLS, which saves energy and is environment friendly. Features like automatic light dimming (based on daylight sensors) and remote operations from command centre, account for improvements in energy conservation.
SSLS comes with a Surveillance Camera integrated with the command centre. The surveillance cameras can be monitored remotely via a live feed.
A programmable LED screen is installed along with SSLS. This serves as a customized message board for the citizens.
To enable the SSLS, Fluentgrid has installed its first solar cum wind energy generation unit. This indigenised system is independent of the grid and is the sole power source for SSLS.
Diagrammatic representation of Smart Street Light Solution:
Benefits from SSLS (current version):
- Self-contained solution – Operations based on automatic daylight sensing and/ or scheduled time
- Environment friendly – 100% powered by solar and wind energy, thereby reducing fossil fuel consumption and eliminating pollution
- 24 X 7 Monitoring – Real time monitoring of the street light via web portal
- Weather proof – High grade luminaire ensures consistent high performance
- Long life – Solar panels with more than 25 years of power generation capacity
- Minimal maintenance for all components
- LED display board for Alerts and/ or Important messages
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Fluentgrid Limited is participating in Smart Energy UK & Europe Conference 2016, London.
Meet us at Booth Number – 4.
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AP Eastern Power Distribution Corporation Ltd (APEPDCL) based in Visakhapatnam has recorded the lowest AT&C (aggregate technical and commercial) losses of 5.3% among 45 utilities in India from which data was received for the first quarter of FY16, as per a document released by the Ministry of Power (http://www.apdrp.gov.in/Whats_New_Files/IPDS_RPM_12102015.pdf)
APEPDCL has been consistently breaking its own record thanks to its progressive management, diligent employees, responsive consumers and of course the right choice of IT solutions. We at Phoenix are proud to be associated with this best performing DISCOM APEPDCL providing its ‘‘mPower based IT solutions for Billing, Revenue Protection, Customer service, Meter Data Management, Energy Audit, BI, etc. through our long association dating back to 2001.
IBM Global Entrepreneur Program has launched their second edition of B2B Startup Challenge called IBM GEP SmartCamp India headed by Radhesh Kanumury, Country Lead, Global Entrepreneur Program, IBM India Pvt. Ltd.
IBM Smartcamp for Vizag was conducted on 24th October 2015 at the Startup Village located at Rushikonda IT Hills.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Murali Krishna Gannamani – Managing Director & CEO, Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd. – congratulated the three winners: Siddha Development Research and Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Unihalt Services, STECH ID Solutions Pvt. Ltd. He said it was great to see IBM Global Entrepreneur Program’s B2B StartUp Challenge happening in Vizag first time and thanked them for the opportunity to see some great ideas in action. Such activities will help in fuelling the entrepreneurial spirit in the region. He appreciated IBM for encouraging and hand holding the startups, introducing them to successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and at the same time recognizing their innovative work. This will certainly boost the morale of many students and budding entrepreneurs from Visakhapatnam and adjoining districts and give the much needed impetus to making Visakhapatnam as an IT and StartUp destination of choice.
Last year 30 B2B Startups were picked pan India and got them to pitch before VCs and IBM Execs. They also showcased their application to IBM Sales and got the winners press coverage. They also presented in the closing ceremony in front of an audience of 250+ entrepreneurs and select VCs. Last year winners got benefited by getting customer leads, funding and recognition. Many of them established synergies with different IBM groups as well.