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India’s Disaster Resilience Solution Earns Global Acclaim

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Recognising exemplary projects that harness ICTs for sustainable development goals, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes celebrate outstanding achievements in leveraging information and communication technology.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), a United Nations initiative co-hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Swiss Confederation, stands as a pivotal platform focusing on the transformative power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in society. With a mission to bridge the digital divide and harness ICTs for inclusive social and economic development, the WSIS process underscores a structured, inclusive approach at global, regional, and national levels.

Among the exceptional entrants in the WSIS Prizes 2024 is the “Mobile-enabled Disaster Resilience through Cell Broadcast Emergency Alerting” project developed by the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), a premier Telecom R&D centre under the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India.

C-DOT’s solution has qualified in the category of “Benefits in all aspects of life – E-environment,” amidst a competitive field of over 1000 global entries. The “Mobile-enabled Disaster Resilience through Cell Broadcast Emergency Alerting” system represents a state-of-the-art, indigenous solution designed to deliver critical, life-saving emergency information instantly to mobile phones via cellular telecom networks in a broadcast mode. Through distinct tones and pop-up notifications, the system ensures effective alerting, capturing user attention in real-time during critical situations.

This end-to-end solution facilitates geo-targeted emergency alerts to citizens’ mobile phones, seamlessly integrating government emergency alert dissemination platforms with the country’s telecom networks for rapid information delivery to a large population within seconds. With ITU Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) X.1303 interfaces, the solution enables connectivity with CAP-based alert dissemination platforms and offers interworking connectors for seamless integration with the unique network architectures of any telecom operator.

Beyond disaster and emergency scenarios, C-DOT’s solution finds applicability across various sectors, including government directives, law enforcement, defence, industrial and advertising domains. Its capacity to disseminate timely alerts proves invaluable in situations requiring immediate attention, such as earthquakes, lightning, tsunamis, and more.

Accompanying C-DOT’s solution in the competition are other qualified products and solutions within the same category. Through a voting process, projects garnering significant support will progress to the next round. Given the life-saving potential of this indigenous “Make in India” solution, C-DOT urges support through casting votes, thereby advancing its innovative solution to the forefront of global recognition.

India’s position as a frontrunner in the international telecommunications arena has been validated as Dr Neeraj Mittal, Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, spearheaded a prestigious delegation to the headquarters of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva.

Dr Neeraj Mittal’s appointment as Co-chair of the Digital Innovation Board at the ITU marks a pivotal moment, signifying India’s pivotal leadership role in fostering digital innovation on a global scale. This significant designation not only acknowledges India’s profound expertise and contributions within the telecommunications sphere but also underscores its steadfast commitment to propelling transformative endeavours that harness technology for widespread socio-economic progress and inclusive growth worldwide.

Participation in the Mobile World Congress 2024 (MWC24) highlights India’s dedication to technological progress and international cooperation in the telecommunications sector. The conference, themed “Future First” and hosted by GSMA, stressed industry unity and innovation to unlock future potential, aligning with India’s vision for digital transformation and socio-economic advancement.

Led by Dr. Neeraj Mittal, India’s representation at MWC24 showcased the nation’s telecom advancements and global partnerships. Secretary Mittal reaffirmed India’s commitment to leveraging cutting-edge technology as a driver for socio-economic development. He emphasized that India’s unwavering focus on innovation not only fuels economic growth but also addresses critical social issues and enhances citizens’ well-being.

Through strategic initiatives and collaborative endeavours, India actively integrates advanced technologies into its developmental agenda, fostering inclusive growth and laying the groundwork for a more prosperous future for all.


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