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BECIL Making digital India Dream Come True

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George Kuruvilla
Chairman & Managing Director, Broadcast
Engineering Consultants
India Limited (BECIL)

BECIL provides consultancy in the area of digital India and undertaking projects in government departments either on deposit work basis or on contract basis through tender. The projects include creation of Command and Control Centers for Social Media Management Services to various ministries like Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, says George Kuruvilla, Chairman & Managing Director, Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL), in an interview with Souvik Goswami of Elets News Network (ENN). Excerpts:

Give us an overview of Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL)
Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd. (BECIL) an ISO 9001-2015 certified, a “Mini Ratna” Public Sector Enterprise of Government of India under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, was established in 1995. It provides project consultancy services and turnkey solutions encompassing the entire gamut of Radio and Television broadcast engineering viz. content production facilities, terrestrial, like satellite and cable broadcasting in India and abroad. It also provides associated services like building design and construction, human resource related activities like training, providing manpower etc. it also undertakes supply of specialised communication, monitoring, security and surveillance systems to defence, police department and various para-military forces.
It has to its credit planning and execution of big, ambitious, and prestigious projects like private FM Broadcasting, Private Earth Stations, HDTV, LokSabhaTV, Multimedia Studio in Rashtrapati Bhawan and Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC), NIOS, Main Press Centre & Broadcast Compounds for Commonwealth Games 2010.

What are the major focus areas of your organisation?
The major focus areas are Broadcasting which includes Turnkey projects of TV and Radio Studio & Transmitters, Community Radio Station Installation, Cable TV digitisation, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), CCTV, Security & Surveillance, technical manpower outsourcing, e-Governance projects etc.

In the era of Digital India, Smart Cities how BECIL is contributing to the ecosystem?
BECIL is providing consultancy in the area of digital India and undertaking projects in Government Departments either on deposit work basis or on contract basis through tender. The projects include creation of Command and Control Centers for Social Media Management Services to various ministries like Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, M/o Road Transport and Highways, M/o Labour and Employment. Presently executing Turnkey projects on Surveillance and Access control for three strategic buildings of Ministry of Defense, Eleven railway stations of Eastern Railways, around 250 warehouses of Food Corporation of India, 43 Airports of Airport Authority of India. Further BECIL has ventured into the fields of e-education which includes building of Studios, Learning Management Systems, Networking of Colleges/ Institutions, Virtual classrooms etc. BECIL is also participating in the safe city projects for building of Central Command & Control Center etc.

Our vision is to win tenders, which are now being floated by various State and Central Departments. Take BECIL to a Rs 1,000 crore turnover company in next five years with a sound reserve and surplus.

What kind of technologies or solutions are being leveraged in your organisation to help it grow?
BECIL has been integrating Command and Control Technologies in Strategic partnership with various OEMs for customising Command and Control centers including Audio and Video Analytics etc. BECIL is planning to enter into development of Digital terrestrial transmitters Receivers including DRM and also development of Set Top Boxes for Doordarshan free DTH.

What is your vision for the BECIL?
Winning tenders, which are now being floated by various State and Central Departments against major private sector players. Move ahead with the development and manufacturing plans of Digital TV & Radio Receivers, DTH set top boxes . Take BECIL to a Rs 1,000 crore turnover company in the next five years with a sound reserve and surplus.

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