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Bengaluru hosts first edition of IoT India Congress

The first edition of ‘IoT (Internet of Things) India Congress, 2016’ began in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

The three-day event was inaugurated by Union Information Technology (IT) and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and JS Deepak, Secretary, Ministry of Telecommunications.

Key Facts

  • The congress aims to bring together key stakeholders across the value chain and verticals to collaborate, ideate and share a common roadmap for IoT implementation.
  • It will bring the IoT practitioners (hardware-devices, portables, sensors, software, business) and IoT enablers (regulatory, training, investors in IoT, end users) to work together.
  • It seeks to create an IoT platform that is industry efficient as well as robust. For this purpose it has brought top executives from multinational companies and tech start-ups on one platform.
  • The event will also host the “IoT Start-Up Awards 2016” and “IoT Thought Leadership Awards 2016”.

What is Internet of Things (IoT)?

  • IoT is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, or people that are provided with unique identifiers.
  • Thus it can be said that it is an internetworking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity.
  • The internetworking has ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
  • IoT is also dubbed as the infrastructure of the information society. It allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure.
  • Thus it creates opportunities for more direct integration of physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved accuracy, efficiency and economic benefits.

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Gumthala Garhu becomes first Wifi hotspot village in Haryana

Gumthala Garhu Village near Pehowa in Kurukshetra district in Haryana became the first Wifi hotspot village in Haryana circle.

The service was inaugurated by Chief Minister Manohar Lal from Chandigarh under the bulk plan of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to provide internet services to rural areas.

Key Facts

  • The Wifi hotspot facility at the village uses bandwidth of 10 mbps through BSNL’s state-of-the-art network. In this hotspot, data can be accessed by multiple users simultaneously.
  • Ten outdoor and one indoor access points have been installed to cover the village. The coverage from each access point is about 100 meters.
  • BSNL Haryana circle has planned to have 238 WIFI hotspot locations with 1072 access points in the state. The project would be implemented during the current financial year.

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