The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) launched the Locker Alliance pilot today. Part of the Logistics Industry Transformation Map, the Locker brings together various industry players such as locker operators, logistics service providers and e-marketplaces onto a single interoperable platform.
In Singapore, lockers are used as convenient delivery pickup points. It makes the last mile delivery process much more efficient and cost-effective since a delivery man is never missed. Parcels are sent to a conveniently located locker. From there, customers enter an authentication code to retrieve their item.
However, with the growth of e-commerce in Singapore, the last mile delivery processes have become crucial to building and retaining a solid customer base. Consumers want timely deliveries and convenience. Likewise, logistic service providers and online merchants are seeking to be cost-efficient while meeting an ever-growing customer base.
To this end, the Locker Alliance pilot has been launched for a period of one year.
“Implemented island-wide, logistics service providers can potentially see a 50% reduction in distance travelled by drivers and see a five-fold improvement in delivery efficiency. This in turn will support the exponential growth in e-commerce locally and regionally,” said Mr Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive, IMDA.
The Federated Locker initiative is developed by Parcel Perform. It has designed a platform to allow different locker operator networks to function collectively. Using a standardised data interchange, it creates a transparent, secure and consistent user experience across the delivery process.
Through the platform, each operator will utilise a standardised service mediation layer to orchestrate the last mile delivery. At present, many operators use unique proprietary programs. Locker Alliance streamlines the cacophony by using an API so that any operator may join the Alliance by simply switching to the standards prescribed, making it easier for an new operator to scale, reaching multiple locations.
Technical Reference 61 (TR61) provides a clear and robust framework to facilitate interoperability between parcel locker networks operated by various operators. It also caters to a wide range of delivery process scenarios. TR61 also provides the main data interchange specifications. It defines and describes the datasets required and recommends a protocol for communication between the online marketplaces, e-retailers, logistics service providers and parcel locker or collection point operators, via the interoperable platform.
The interoperability reduces friction in the communication between different locker operators and network users. Furthermore, the operational costs and complexity of different parcel locker systems working together is reduced. Thus, it is hoped that more operators will join in and benefit.
The Locker Alliance will provide greater convenience to consumers to receive and return parcels since access to lockers are around the clock. Waiting for deliveries are negated.
Additionally, there will be enhanced efficiency and greater environmental sustainability with aggregated deliveries to locker stations. Rather than making deliveries to multiple homes, the one-stop delivery process’ minimises the impact on the environment.
For now, the Lockers will be installed at Punggol and Bukit Panjang in HDB blocks and MRT station. In Punggol, SingPost will install 39 lockers across HDB blocks and four MRT stations: Punggol, Sengkang, Buangkok and Hougang. In Bukit Panjang town, blu will install 23 locker sites in the HDBs and four sites at the Bukit Panjang, Chinese Garden, Lakeside and Boon Lay MRTs.
All lockers are located within 250m of HDB blocks. The additional lockers at MRT stations aim to further supplement the locker network within towns.
On top of receiving their deliveries, consumers can also return packages via the lockers in the HDB towns. IMDA will evaluate the viability of adding more sites in Singapore in due course.
Present at the launch was Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Transport, Dr Janil Puthucheary. He reiterated that with the growing e-commerce trend, there is strong demand for urban logistics solutions that leverage technology to solve the last-mile delivery challenge and satisfy consumer expectations. He also added that the initiative will enable industry players to collaborate to reach more locations and customers.
A total of fifteen logistics firms and industry partners are collaborating on the Locker Alliance pilot.
The Locker Alliance will also look beyond Singapore’s shores. Dr Puthucheary announced that IMDA has signed a Memorandum of Intent with three regional locker operators – Thailand’s Box 24, Hong Kong’s Pakpobox and Indonesia’s Popbox Asia. These operators have locker infrastructures in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau and Malaysia. The MOI explores developing a regional locker alliance to support uplifting the last-mile delivery capabilities in the region.
From the MOI, new opportunities for retailers and e-commerce marketplaces will be creates. The interoperable platforms will be critical to facilitate deliveries across borders, surpassing customer expectations. Hence, even last-mile fulfilment service providers may scale up their businesses in the region without establishing a physical, in-country presence.
Under a three-year period, the MOI will cover the engagement of local stakeholders to drive adoption. IMDA will work with other participating locker operators and stakeholders to adopt TR61. There will also be collaboration within the industry, and active contribution to the enhancement of the platform’s standards.
The Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre (ITEWC) was established at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad. An autonomous body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the centre is designed to provide timely tsunami advisories to all stakeholders.
Apart from the service its renders domestically, ITEWC also provides tsunami services to 25 Indian Ocean Countries as part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UNESCO framework.
INCOIS has introduced several innovative concepts in tsunami modeling, mapping of coastal inundation, Decision Support System, SOPs to meet the emerging challenges and provide accurate and timely tsunami early warnings.
The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) established a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Strong Motion Accelerometers in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for quick and reliable estimation of source parameters for near-source earthquakes. In addition, INCOIS carried out Multi-hazard Vulnerability Mapping (MHVM) along the mainland of Indian coastland and an MHVM atlas has been created using the data.
The ITEWC regularly conducts workshops, training sessions and tsunami mock exercises to create awareness and preparedness about the tsunamis. In addition to workshops and training for disaster managers, ITEWC also coordinates with coastal States/UTs to implement a Tsunami Ready Programme – a concept introduced by UNESCO at a community level.
The Ocean Services, Modelling, Applications, Resources and Technology (O-SMART) Scheme was approved by the Union Cabinet in August 2018 and is implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences. It is an umbrella scheme which encompasses a total of 16 sub-projects addressing ocean development activities such as Services, Technology, Resources, Observations and Science.
The initiative aims to step-up ocean research and establish an early-warning weather system. It addresses ocean development activities such as services, technology, resources, observations and science. It also provides the necessary scientific and technological background required for the implementation of various aspects of Blue Economy.
The centre aims to develop a wide range of state-of-the-art ocean observation systems for the acquisition of real-time data from the seas around India and to cater to the testing and sea trial activities of ocean technology. It will generate and disseminate a suite of user-oriented ocean information, advisories, warnings, data and data products for the benefit of society. Data and research will generate high-resolution models for ocean forecast and reanalysis systems as well as algorithms for validation of satellite data for coastal research and to monitor changes in the coastal research.
Such programmes are critical to national security and survival as the world has seen an increase in natural calamities and disasters. Government at all levels – central, regional and state – rely increasingly on dedicated systems for critical event management (CEM). According to world experts in Critical Event Management – Everbridge, these silos can create redundancies in information and processes, data contradictions and, in worst-case scenarios, greater loss of life and damages.
Without an integrated CEM platform, command centres and security teams will be unable to respond as quickly and as thoroughly as situations warrant. The inability to respond adequately takes a severe toll on life and property, which, in turn, adversely affects citizen confidence and the cost to the country.
With an integrated CEM platform, rapid, consolidated responses are more easily coordinated. Emergency teams and command centres receive threat alerts in advance, allowing them to identify, assess and locate the risks, affected assets and appropriate responders. A CEM platform can also automate communications and by using a public warning system, action plans, and SOPs, so response teams have immediate access to information and can act rapidly. Post-event analytics can pinpoint where bottlenecks and delays surfaced and how these could be mitigated in the future.
With the pandemic forecast to be around for some time, planning responses to severe weather events must continue alongside COVID-19 management. In light of this, it behoves governments to evaluate processes, systems, tools and platforms they have to respond to critical events.
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The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), on 25 September, introduced a Vietnamese virtual assistant platform, developed by the Army Telecommunication Industry Corporation (Viettel). Named the Viettel Cyberbot, the platform aims to help businesses automate customer care processes based on Vietnamese language processing technologies.
According to a press release, the Viettel Cyberbot uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to understand the messages that customers want to convey. It automatically improves the system based on real interactions. The platform also helps businesses build an automatic switchboard system by interacting with customers by message (chatbot) or by voice (callbot).
The virtual assistant uses language processing and can help the callbot’s voice sound natural, almost like a real human voice. A distinctive feature of the Viettel Cyberbot is the combination of speech processing technologies with Vietnamese natural language processing technology at the same time.
Specifically, in each communication with users, the system can simultaneously handle speech recognition, guess customers’ intent, process information, and answer customers. It creates a complete solution that is fully applicable and flexible according to real situations.
Viettel Cyberbot is expected to help businesses optimise up to 40% of their customer care resources while improving the customer’s experience and satisfaction. The developers are seeking ways to improve Viettel Cyberbot into a comprehensive Vietnamese virtual assistant platform to be deployed as an independent customer care switchboard system without the need for an internal switchboard.
The launch of Viettel Cyberbot is part of a series of events to introduce “Make in Vietnam” digital platforms in the realisation of the National Digital Transformation Program by 2025, with a vision to 2030, as approved by the Prime Minister.
In August, MIC debuted the akaChain blockchain platform, developed by Vietnam’s largest tech firm. It supports enterprises in quickly building their business network systems and distributed applications using blockchain technology. It shortens the time spent on several tasks like electronic-know your customer (eKYC), credit scoring, customer loyalty programs, and origin tracing. Soon, it will be further developed for strengthened security and transparency.
In Vietnam, early research and application of this technology will be an opportunity for the country to actively keep pace with the development of the global economy. With the potential of blockchain, it is likely that soon these technical applications will dramatically transform lives.
Earlier this month, OpenGov Asia reported on the Viettel AI Open Platform, an AI platform, developed by Viettel. The platform provides platform technologies using AI to help automate, optimise, and efficiently operate organisations and businesses via the world’s most advanced techniques. The platform is currently focusing on areas such as Vietnamese speech processing technology, Vietnamese natural language processing technology, and computer vision technology.
Vietnamese enterprises have gradually mastered core technologies and developed technology platforms for digital transformation. MIC created an initiative to weekly launch Vietnamese platforms to honour and promote Vietnamese ICT products. So far, dozens of platforms have been launched.
While digital transformation has been on the cards for many countries, COVID-19 has been accelerating the efforts of many governments and government-linked companies. The pandemic is accelerating digital adaptation in all sectors of daily life.
This is the case, too, In Indonesia. The pandemic has not stopped Indosat Ooredoo, an Indonesian State-Owned Enterprise (SoE), from innovating to provide the best digital experience for its customers. In 2014, Indosat Ooredoo launched and commercialised 4G services at 900 Mhz with speeds up to 42 Mbps in major cities in Indonesia. Five years later, they put a new strategy in place and trialled 5G implementation.
Large-Scale Social Restrictions have necessitates a bulk of daily activities be carried out online. This makes digitalisation inevitable if people ate to continue their activities. This is also the case in the education sector, where the Indonesian government is implementing Distance Learning (PJJ) by utilising internet technology.
Indosat Ooredoo is working with the Ministry of Education and Culture to disburse government subsidies for students and teachers in the form of internet quota every month. Customers can register their current IM3 Ooredoo number to a school or campus to get this distance learning support.
Every month IM3 Ooredoo users who have registered their numbers to schools or colleges can utilise the free data quota from the government for online learning. Starting from September 2020, the amount of free data quota received by IM3 Ooredoo users will vary according to their education level.
Students get a total quota of 35GB; 5GB for access to everything and 30GB for learning quota. Teachers have a total quota of 42GB; 5GB for access to all and a 37GB learning quota. A total quota of 50GB has been made available for college students and lecturer consisting of 5GB access to everything and 45GB learning quota.
The learning quota can be used to access online learning applications such as Ruangguru, Zenius, Quipper, Rumah Belajar, Google Classroom and others as well as on more than 300 university portals in Indonesia that can be used for 24 hours.
Indosat Ooredoo is further committed to supporting the government initiative on Distance Learning especially for Madrasah students throughout Indonesia. This cooperation agreement covers assistance provided by Indosat Ooredoo in the form of free starter pack which includes 30GB internet package. With this internet quota, Madrasah students throughout Indonesia can use the internet anytime and anywhere to access educational sites and portals to support their learning process.
More recently, Indosat Ooredoo announced customers can enjoy Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) services in across 30 cities in Indonesia. It plans to expand and grow in other regions as well. Customers who are are in a city with VoLTE Indosat Ooredoo coverage can enjoy VoLTE service as long as their cellphone supports VoLTE and has a 4G SIM card without registering for additional packages or applications.
The ease with which customers can avail these service is a step further in alleviating the challenges that the pandemic has brought, especially when people are asked to stay at home and keep their distance. Indosat Orordoo is confident that these services will help the people in Indonesia adapt to the new normal more quickly and maintain their health together.
Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) is a service that allows voice calls to be made over 4G-LTE based networks. VoLTE technology enables calls with clearer voice with “HD voice” quality. In addition, with this VoLTE service, telephones can be connected faster than traditional telephone services. Customers can switch from voice calls to video calls or vice versa easily without having to hang up first.
VoLTE technology allows users to simultaneously do other activities such as surfing, streaming or playing online games without dropping out if there is an incoming call.
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative made a speech at the Smart Nation Ambassadors Emerging Stronger Conversation and Appreciation Event on 25th September 2020. The Minister began by thanking the 1600 volunteers who have joined the Smart Ambassador movement since January last year.
The Smart Nation Ambassadors range from university students teaching coding to underprivileged youths, techie maker groups who have been passionately fixing old devices, making them “smart” again, making them available to the wider public and especially to the less privileged, to grandmothers who want to teach other seniors how to use apps like Life.SG and Singpass Mobile.
The Minister highlighted the contributions of a few Star Ambassadors and paid special tribute to those who have gone over and above, to motivate others along their digital journey.
Star Ambassadors are individuals who have contributed to Smart Nation efforts in various capacities – from taking the initiative to lead and coordinate our events to rallying their friends and communities to become better advocates of Smart Nation. We hope to award more Star Ambassadors in the coming years as they continue to be role models for our community.
Smart Ambassador Initiatives
The RSVP Organisation of Senior Volunteers is collaborating with Smart Nation Digital Government Office to develop a training curriculum and portal. It will have relevant and exciting e-learning modules on Smart Nation initiatives, as well a showcase of soft skills for engagement especially in the areas of communication and active
For Smart Nation Ambassadors with young children or are keen to volunteer with kids, the Minister announced that the government are working with TOUCH Community Services, Facebook and MeshMinds to produce an Augmented Reality book for children aged five to seven years old. They hope to distribute to all pre-schools and libraries. The book will take kids on a journey to discover the possibilities of how technology can improve the way we work, live and play.
Using Tech for a greater purpose
The Minister highlighted that technology is to enhance everyday lives. He said “This is actually a very important reminder that it is not about tech but about human beings, human relations, and human interaction. There’s still no substitute for face-to-face meetings and direct contact, and that is why the other idea that we perhaps need to, in the next phase, look at organising our Smart Nation Ambassadors at a regional or local level, makes sense. It also dovetails with the idea that real value is when the virtual world meets the real world.”
“This interface ultimately reminds us of what we are trying to do; which is to make our real world a better world using digital technology and the virtual world. It’s not the other way around. We’re not trying to leave the real world to enter a purely virtual world. Of which, some parts are not necessarily edifying, pleasant or unified. So that’s one key idea which I have taken away; to not forget the human dimension and the human touch.”
Another key point that the Minister highlighted was that Smart Ambassador initiatives ensure that no-one is left behind. “We need to make sure we are inclusive regardless of age, language, and digital familiarity. And that’s why all the efforts which you all have put in such as direct hand-holding of seniors, of people who are disabled or people who are just less familiar and even scared of technology. These efforts are absolutely critical, and I just want to thank all of you who have really put your energy and passion into making sure no one is excluded from the digital revolution.”
With the recent announcements by India’s Prime Minister on 15th August 2020, the nation plans to ensure high-speed internet connectivity via an optical fibre network for the more than 600,000 villages across India within 1000 days. The stated objective of the initiative is to convert every village into a Digital Village, enhance digital empowerment and awareness and to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural settings. The coverage aims to enable India’s digital revolution to reach the farthest corner of the nation and to foster inclusive socio-economic growth for all.
The first steps towards this pan-nation coverage came with the launch of a project to connect all 45,945 villages in Bihar with Optical Fibre Internet Service. According to Ravi Shankar Prasad, on completion, Bihar will be the first state in India to connect all its villages by optical fibre. The Common Service Centre Special Purpose Vehicle (CSC SPV) will provide 1 Wi-Fi and 5 FTTH connections for one year free of cost to identified government Institutions, primary schools, Anganwadi Centres, Aasha workers and Jeevika Didi, etc. Additionally, 1 Wi-Fi provision will be made at a public place in every village.
The project will be executed with the combined efforts of the Department of Telecom which has already connected 1.5 lakh Gram Panchayats across India with optical fibre internet service, along with Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and Common Service Centres (CSC).
The CSC has 34,821 Centres throughout Bihar and it will utilise this workforce to not only implement this project but also make it professionally run to provide Optical Fibre Internet Services for common citizens at every village of Bihar. This project will be completed by Q1 of 2021 at an approximate cost of Rs. 1,000 Crore (US$ 137 million).
The day was considered historic, as not only for the state of Bihar but for the entire country as the government is taking major steps to make its villages the mainstay of AtmaNirbharBharat (self-reliant India).
India is one of the leading countries in the world in terms of digital transactions. In August 2020 alone about Rs 3 lakh crore (USD 40 billion) worth transactions were made through UPI. While India has been aggressively pushing digital commerce and e-transactions, the pandemic is driving education, healthcare and daily life online. With the huge increase in internet demand to live life across India, it is necessary to ensure that even villages of the country have good quality, high-speed internet.
The approach is outcome-based with special focus on utilisation of the BharatNet with Service Level Agreement (SLA) commitment. On completion and running, a socio-economic impact assessment would be carried out by national premier institutions to understand the benefits and success of this pilot project. There will be a comprehensive Consumer Redressal Mechanism; a full-fledged customer care service shall be established by CSC-SPV for redressal of consumer grievances.
Speedier connectivity would provide many online benefits as well as access to global markets for all sectors. This project will boost digital services like e-Education, e-Agriculture, Tele-Medicine, Tele-law and other social security schemes. Real-time data on weather, education, business, health and safety will allow India and Indians to thrive in a COVID-19 era.
The management of critical events is becoming an increasingly important and widespread practice. From significant weather events, natural disasters and global pandemics, critical events create operational disruptions and have an enormous financial impact.
The COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps the aptest example of this. Some nations have buckled under the pressure generated by the economic upheaval and setbacks the virus has caused. Other nations, like Malaysia, have risen to the challenge and have employed technology in innovative and efficient ways.
For example, in March 2020, the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) rolled out a digital tracking device to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state. The digital surveillance solution gave the state disaster management committee the “scalable capability” to monitor the disease at all points of entry in Sarawak.
Under the solution, all those entering Sarawak were issued a QR-coded wristband based on two categories: person under investigation (PUI) and 14-day stay home notice. Wearers were required to report their situation twice daily by scanning their wristband’s QR code to submit the information.
Data collated will allow the state disaster management committee to make informed decisions and to conduct random checks on the wearers. The wearers’ location enables the committee to establish hotspots, a key strategy to curb further spread of the disease, the SMA General Manager had said in a statement.
At the time, various tracker systems had been deployed in China, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong where the data collected was crucial in managing the shape and evolution of the virus’ spread.
The state disaster management committee had earlier enlisted SMA to develop a digital system to track persons undergoing self-quarantine for Covid-19. Ultimately, this solution will be integrated into the ‘Permission to Enter/Exit’ system to effectively monitor Sarawak’s entry points.
This move resulted in the state, and Malaysia, being lauded for its efforts in combating the virus. On 22 September 2020, the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) utilization of technology to curb the Covid-19 pandemic was recognised as the committee was awarded the Malaysian Technology Excellence Award (MTEA) by Singapore Business Review 2020 in Kuala Lumpur.
SDMC’s initiative for the development of two key applications, namely i-Alerts and enterSarawak, and the seamless integration of both systems was acknowledged by the judging committee from Deloitte Asia Pacific, KPMG Malaysia, BDO, Crowe Growth Consulting as well as Ernst & Young Advisory Services as riding the disruption wave and leading the technological revolution by leveraging on technology as a key catalyst to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Sarawak.
The award was received by the General Manager of the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) on behalf of the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee. He stated that the agency aims to be the leader in the Digitalisation of Malaysia; being at the forefront, realising The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak’s vision of a robust Digital Economy.
As strategised by SMA, the applications, which focus on data interoperability, allows for the harmonised approach of collecting and transmitting data between stakeholders, decision-makers and the public. This empowered the State to channel all relevant information via a single and globally interoperable information structure thus avoiding the unnecessary complexity in systems and improve overall efficiency.
The uniformity of these platform creates speed, systemization and standardization which improves overall efficiency across the entire disaster lifecycle thus allowing enterSarawak to be seamlessly applied across 33 Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security centres (ICQS) in Sarawak immediately during MCO creating touchless border security while i- Alerts acts as the Core Integrated Disaster Management Platform for SDMC.
The open standards for the system also ensure enhanced scaling and improved efficiency of the timeliness of the transfer of information. Furthermore, by making full use of existing data in the disaster management sector, i-Alerts can adopt mechanisms that ensure resource verification, findability, accessibility, interoperability, reuse and leverage the growth of existing Government Open Data initiatives.
Critical event management has come to the fore with the pandemic. Forecasting, planning and management of critical events help organisations and authorities prevent disruption of life and damage to property.
Governments rely on several, specific systems for critical event management. Such programmes are essential to national well-being especially with the increase in natural disasters. But, more often than not, they operate in isolation of each other. According to world experts in Critical Event Management – Everbridge, this siloed approach can create duplication in information and processes, data contradictions and, when unchecked, could lead to loss of life and damages.
Everbridge’s Coronavirus Preparedness can make a significant difference in mitigating harm caused by the pandemic. They provide richer intelligence and correlating threats with locations of assets and people ensuring more rapid and comprehensive incident assessment and remediation.
With the pandemic forecast to be around for some time, planning responses to adverse events must continue alongside COVID-19 management. In light of this, it is expedient for governments to re-look at their systems, tools, processes and platforms they have in place to manage critical events.
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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) will organise a mega virtual summit on artificial intelligence (AI), Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020.
RAISE 2020 will be held from 5-9 October. It will be a global meeting of minds to exchange ideas and chart a course for using AI for social transformation, inclusion, and empowerment in areas like healthcare, agriculture, education, and smart mobility, among other sectors.
The summit is a first of its kind, a global meeting of minds on AI to drive India’s vision for digital transformation. The event will witness robust participation from global industry leaders, key opinion makers, government representatives, and academia.
According to a press release, at the summit, delegates and experts in research, policy, and innovation on AI will come together from across the world. Keynote speeches and panel discussions will frame the summit, on cross-sector subjects like leveraging AI for pandemic preparedness, the impetus that innovation places on digitisation, inclusive AI, and partnerships for successful innovation.
The RAISE 2020 Summit will also feature startups working in AI-related fields. Startups chosen through the AI Solution Challenge will showcase their solutions in the AI Startup Pitchfest. This is part of the government’s continuing support to tech entrepreneurs and startups by providing exposure, recognition, and guidance.
Speaking about the Summit, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, the MeitY Secretary, noted that AI has emerged as a catalyst across industries and can play a transformative role in accelerating development. The summit will explore in-depth, the role of AI in accelerating social empowerment. RAISE 2020 has tracks like AI for health, agriculture, education, skilling, mobility, fintech, research, inclusive AI, the future of work, and responsible AI. The summit will serve as a platform for the meeting of some of the best minds in the world on AI.
Home to the world’s third-largest startup ecosystem, elite science and technology institutions like the IITs, robust and ubiquitous digital infrastructure, and millions of newly-minted STEM graduates every year, India is well-positioned to become a global leader in the development of AI, the release claimed.
Industry analysts predict that AI could add up to US$ 957 billion to India’s economy by 2035. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, plans to leverage AI for inclusive development, representing the country’s ‘AI for All’ strategy. The country aims to stand out in the international community not just as a leader in AI but also as a model to show the world how to responsibly direct AI for social empowerment.
Amitabh Kant, the CEO of NITI Aayog, explained that from agriculture to fintech and healthcare to infrastructure, AI is a transformative force. India is uniquely positioned to become the AI laboratory of the world and contribute to inclusive development and growth through empowerment. The summit aims to help create a data-rich environment, which is a stepping stone to eventually transform lives globally.
In August, NITI Aayog, in collaboration with the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), launched the ATL AI Step-Up Module for students, which will drive AI education and innovation across the country. The initiative was launched after the AI project, ATL AI Modules by the Atal Innovation Mission.
As OpenGov Asia reported, the AI Step-up Module provides a comprehensive set of learn-it-yourself advanced modules to those who want to expand their knowledge base after becoming familiar with the basics of the AI technology.