The Internet of Things, or IoT, has emerged as one of the fastest growing disruptive technologies of the 21st century. In the next five years, the global IoT opportunity is estimated to reach a whopping USD 300bn, while India is also believed to boast of a USD 15bn market. And, it does not look like impossibility, given the fact that more and more sectors are feeling the need to automate their operations, which requires to have the capacity for machine-to-machine interactions – something that IoT can facilitate. This technology is going to get further push with emergence of concepts, like Smart City, Smart Health, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Agriculture, etc., which are largely IoT-dependent.
Visualising the shape of things to come, Andhra Pradesh took the lead among the Indian states and came up with its first-of-its-kind IoT policy recently. With adoption of the policy, the State Government hopes to get the first-mover advantage in leveraging the potential of IoT market and turning the State into an IoT Hub by 2020. The cover story of the magazine has been crafted to give the readers an insight into how the recently-divided State is once again making all- out efforts to prove its technological prowess, to the benefit of its people. After all, it was the same maverick, dynamic Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu that drew global attention by creating the ‘Cyberabad’ IT hub in the capital city of undivided Andhra Pradesh.
All-round technological advancements have also seen steady growth of a number of IT-ITeS companies offering various technology-based solutions and services, thus making the most of the available opportunities. Some of these companies went on to attain the stature of giants in their respective domains. This issue of the magazine carries a dedicated section—Resource Guide—which contains the profiles of some of the companies, which have set industry standards for the rest to follow
The April issue of eGov magazine also features a report on a unique initiative, called ‘Telangana Jagruthi’, by the daughter of Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao and Member of Parliament, Kalvakuntla Kavitha. The platform has done outstanding work in the field of skilling the unemployed youth of the State and women’s empowerment. The lady with a vision, Kavitha dwells at length about the genesis of her organisation, the areas it operates and the challenged she has faced in shaping up Telangana Jagruthi since its inception a decade ago.
Besides, some special features like the one on ‘KarnatakaOne’ app and an in-depth analysis of the fund allocations in the Union Budget 2016 are sure to delight you with some interesting pieces of information.
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