Pune welcomes Republic Day with 150 WiFi Hotspots

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in collaboration with Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL), is set to inaugurate 150 free WiFi hotspots across the city on the occasion of Republic Day. Pune residents will now be able to access free internet facility in 199 locations. According to reports from Sakal Times, Google for the first time has tied by with a municipal body like PMC to enable them to set up ‘Google Stations’ that offer free WiFi service.

The citizens will be provided with 50MB data free of cost in hotspot areas at a speed of 512 kbps. Usage above the given limit will be charged with a certain amount for surfing private websites, while usage of government portals will remain free. The users within the network range will have to log-in to the WiFi using a One Time Password (OTP) that will be sent to their registered mobile numbers. This plan is aimed towards the ‘Pune Smart City’ project.

In their statement to the media, PMC said that they wish to reach out to the entire city with their free WiFi connectivity plan and wish to make Pune a digital city by 2020. The locations that are covered in the current plan include public places like hospitals, bus stops, gardens, police stations and government offices.

The current project will require the Smart City Corporation to spend around Rs 110 crore for setting up the infrastructure for the system and an additional of Rs 35 crore towards operational costs. Reports from Pune Mirror state that PMC plans to set up around 400-500 hotspot zones in the coming future. This is a major initiative of the Smart City policy that also includes provisions like emergency call boxes, public announcement systems, environmental and flood sensors.

Sources: Pune Mirror, Sakal Times

Google Tez records 4 lakh active users within 24 hours of its launch

Google Tez, digital payment app launched in India touched the benchmark of lakh active users on within 24 hours. The app launched by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley on Monday saw a total of nearly 1.8 crore gross merchandise, a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

Google tez, an app which allows the users to make the digital payments free of charge from their Bank accounts is being designed on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and is being made to work on the smartphones in the country. With a view of supporting the agenda of Digital India, the app is being made available in English and seven major Indian languages namely Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telegu.

In the partnership with four major banks – Axis bank,  HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and State Bank of India Google has put a step forward to explore the potential in the field of Digital payments in a developing nation.

On the occasion of launch Arun Jaitley said that the idea of Tez was in talks with Sundar Pichai, CEO Google from Januay, 2017. D.D Mishra, the Research Director, Tez stated that “It is too early to say whether it can be a game changer as evolution in this business is going to continue, but yes it has the capabilities to bring some disruption as of now.”


Can Bihar sustain under digital transformation?

The rising cases of fraud within the premises of Indian educational institutes have stamped a question mark on its flexibility and credibility.  Consecutive records of the many issues rising every single day, a pile of errors has erupted within this system and has over the years made it more complicated.

Different scams that has been recorded over the past few years has clearly showed how the system of educational structure is getting corrupted and more malicious substance content are taking birth within that system. Today the total scenario of an educational institute has changed from being a place where one develops their knowledge to a place where one will get to witness the rise of many social issues.

As one look back at the Bihar Topper scam, one could easily trace how fake evaluation processes are making the children’s life and the future of the country dark. But what step has government taken against the charges to Rubi Ray and Saurabh Shrestha? To be precise the government has not done anything to stop the budding of such activities in the country. Especially in Bihar which has been a core victim of poor educational system.

Earlier this year, the Bihar topper scam had shaken the educational system drastically and the people around the world agitated for a new idea to be implemented following its impact on Bihar’s educational facilities. In a move to clean this murky examination system of Bihar, the Bihar School of Examination Board (BSEB) has recently introduced a digital system within their educational premises. This system would ensure that the paper evaluation is being done only by the technological methods and not physically by any of the faculty members. But how far this initiative can actually solve the problem?

Although, this could hardly make any difference in the country’s budding culture of problems developing within the Indian educational system, but this could definitely do some amount of harvest in the field of education and can help the future of the states own educational system to structure itself prominently from within.

Earlier Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) too had decided to go for digital evaluation of answer scripts and this was a major push to the educational system of India which led to campaigns like Digital India However, a state of Bihar which has lowest literacy rate as of now makes it difficult for someone to believe that this new initiative can actually work with positive note.

Call it an impact of the infamous toppers scam that rocked the country, or a step by the Bihar educational system to step an inch forward towards improving the state’s own status. This initiative if implemented properly will surely bring some change to the whole scenario and can improve the lives of the many students who had been the victim of this corrupted system.

Joister Infomedia to bring free Wi-Fi to all railway stations in Maharashtra

Soon all railway stations in the state of Maharashtra may become Wi-Fi-enabled, as a renowned broadband and gaming service provider Joister Infomedia has proposed to lend them free Wi-Fi services. This proposal comes after the company introduced free Wi-Fi services at nearly 500 locations in 4 major cities in Maharashtra.

Initiating its offer, Joister Infomedia, which is presently providing free Wi-Fi services to approximately two lakh authorized users in Mumbai, Pune, Thane, and Navi Mumbai, has advanced its proposal to Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR).

Speaking in this regard, Nikunj Kampani, Chairman and Managing Director, Joister Infomedia said that in appreciation of the Modi government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, they had decided to extend their support by way of providing free Wi-Fi at all MH railway stations. He added, “It would be really encouraging if domestic players like us are also given equal chance to partner in Digital India initiative . . .”

In confirmation of Joister Infomedia’s proposal, a senior railway authority said that it is only the Railway Board or Railway Ministry that can decide the fate of this plan.

Kampani also said that the company aimed at connecting more people to the Internet, and expressed their wish to empower people through a digital platform. Further, he asserted the company’s policy of transparency with regard to its clients.
He commented,” It is very important to eliminate the digital divide in the country . . .”
Recently, Joister Infomedia established its free Wi-Fi facility at Nair Hospital, and KEM Hospital in Mumbai and Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation. Among the cities to which it aims at extending its services to in the next six months are Solapur, Satara, Sangli, Chiplun, Nashik, and Nagpur.
In 2015, Google had declared its decision to supply free Wi-Fi services to 400 railway stations in India.

Sources: The Business Standard , PTI


CM Raje pushes for a ‘Digital Rajasthan’

Having a vision of a digitally empowered Rajasthan, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said in a statement today that her government was diligently working towards empowering citizens digitally, so as to enhance their quality of life, with the agenda of promoting of Rajasthan as a state with the potential of becoming one of the most innovative and knowledgeable hubs of the country.

Vasundhara Raje firmly believes in working towards a Digital Rajasthan. Image Source: The Hindu
Vasundhara Raje firmly believes in working towards a Digital Rajasthan.
Image Source: The Hindu

In an address at Cisco India Summit in Jaipur, Raje stated, Ðigital Rajasthan is a powerful platform to realize the vision and to make the state a role model for digital transformation.”

Adding to this, she said that the state government was now working to convert this vision to reality, as the recently announced initiatives such as Digital India, Smart City Skill amongst others, were being utilized. She also invited IT industries to Rajasthan for further promotion of a ‘Digital Rajasthan’.

Raje said that Rajasthan is the country’s first state to have been able to implement a unified E-Governance Framework.