Strengthening adoption & procurement of urban tech, key to building a strong infrastructure for smart cities: NASSCOM
Building on its commitment towards a sustainable and inclusive future, The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today at the Smart City event shed light on the top industry priorities in implementing the right tech architectural framework in creating a sustainable model under the aegis of the Smart Cities Mission in the country. The virtual event brought together eminent sector experts and leaders to deliberate on the top priorities for urban tech in the year ahead and streamlining ICT procurement for Indian cities.
With a focus on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea to look at compact areas to create a replicable model which will act as a lighthouse to other aspiring cities, the Smart Cities Mission is meant to set examples that can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City, catalyzing the creation of similar projects in various regions and parts of the country.
Commenting on the occasion, Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, said, “With rapid urbanization India today presents an excellent opportunity for itself to leapfrog stages of development, and at the same time, address the country’s chronic urban challenges. NASSCOM over the past several years has been working with the Smart Cities Mission under the aegis of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on strengthening adoption, procurement & standardization of ICT infrastructure for Indian Smart cities.”
Stalwarts from the Indian technology industry, C-level executives, and senior government officials such as Debjani Ghosh President, NASSCOM; C.P. Gurnani- MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra; Kunal Kumar-IAS, Mission Director, Smart Cities, Government of India; Arvind Thakur Former Vice Chairman & MD, NIIT Technologies; Parminder Singh Head Government Affairs & Public Policy, Wipro; Dr. Garima Mittal CEO Faridabad Smart City; Chaitanya Bhatt CEO Surat Smart City; Rahul Kapoor Director, Smart Cities Mission, were part of the event.
The discussions focused on possible solutions, priorities, and steps that can be adopted to spur innovation and growth to address some of the pressing challenges of availability of skilled resources, procurement, data & standardization, capacity building, collaboration & cybersecurity. The sessions also focused on ensuring a level playing field by adoption of the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) Model RFP and instituionalising Procurement Reforms to promote wider participation for all ICT Smart City opportunities.
Route Mobile Limited partners with Comviva Technologies Limited to jointly accelerate Blockchain Commerce for MNOs & Enterprises Globally
Route Mobile Limited (“Route Mobile”), one of the leading cloud communication platform service providers to enterprises, over-the-top (“OTT”) players, and mobile network operators, today announced a long-term partnership with Comviva Technologies Limited (“Comviva”) to provide advanced Blockchain Solutions for Global Telecom Companies. The DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) system, which is in line with TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), will empower Route Mobile to help Telecom Operators mitigate unsolicited commercial communication (UCC), enable compliance and adherence to the regulations, ensure better governance and create new avenues for monetization.
Comviva’s DLT – based solution brings all the relevant parties in the ecosystem onto the Blockchain, helping Telcos, as well as telemarketers, manage preference registration, consent acquisition, dynamic preference setting, stakeholder onboarding, header & template registration, scrubbing service, complaint handling, and tracking – which are in line with the tenets of the TRAI Regulations.
Route Mobile with its well-established direct connectivity with 260+ operators globally, brings significant communication infrastructure capability to this partnership. With a strong presence across SEA, the Middle-East, Europe, and the Americas, Route Mobile will be able to scale our Blockchain portfolio globally.
Rajdipkumar Gupta, Managing Director and Group CEO, Route Mobile Limited said, “Blockchain as a technology offers limitless possibilities for organizations, especially in regulated industries, given their advanced security and data privacy features.” He further added, “Comviva’s DLT system will enable us to provide a unified ecosystem for Telcos as well as telemarketers to operate in a secured environment, and accelerate their revenue yield.”
Deshbandhu Bansal, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Messaging Business at Comviva Technologies Limited said, “Blockchain technology is being implemented across industries for various use-cases of fraud management, digital identity, information management, etc. by using the decentralized nature of digital transformation technologies.” He further added, “With Comviva’s deep Technology expertise and Communication domain knowledge, we are excited to partner with Route Mobile to enable secure Messaging for the Telcos and their customers globally using Blockchain – based DLT platform.”