Friday, April 30, 2010

12 Facts to know about UID Project in India for Citizens

  1. The Indian UID (Unique Identification for Citizens) project is named Aadhaar
  2. It involves giving each Indian a 16 digit unique ID
  3. The Government authority involved is Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
  4. Aadhar project, apart from scanning fingerprints will also scan your iris, as part of biometric data collection
  5. Aadhar Logo - Halo of the Sun on the imprint of a thumb
  6. First phase of UID will be launched in Feb of 2011
  7. First Phase will cover Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Bihar
  8. 19 bids have been received in response to UIDAI’s tender floated to engage in Application Software Development, Maintenance & Support. Some of the bidders are TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL and IBM
  9. The UIDAI will collect fingerprints of all 10 fingers.
  10. Adhaar project will give 600 million numbers to citizens in the next four years.
  11. BPL families enrolling in the project will receive Rs 100 along with their UID numbers in a new bank account to ensure their financial inclusion.
  12. The logo design was chosen from over 2,000 entries and Atul Sudhakarrao Pande is the brain behind the adopted design

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shrinking products - Miniaturization is the new in thing

Two articles that caught my attention over this week.

India's smallest satellite set for May 9 launch  - The smallest Indian satellite, promising to send Indian education into a higher orbit, will leave the Isro Satellite Centre in Bangalore and move to Sriharikota for integration with the four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) for launch on May 9. StudSat, an acronym for student satellite, has been classified as a pico-satellite, which weighs between 0.1 and 1kg. - Times Of India, April 28th, 2010

IBM has created a miniature 3D map of the Earth that is so small that a thousand of them could fit on a single grain of salt. IBM scientists created the map though a breakthrough technique that uses a tiny, silicon tip with a sharp apex — 100,000 times smaller than a sharpened pencil — to create patterns and structures as small as 15 nanometers at greatly reduced cost and complexity. IBM said this patterning technique opens new prospects for developing nano-sized objects in fields such as electronics, future chip technology, medicine, life sciences, and optoelectronics -, April 26th, 2010

Both of them point towards a future that is increasingly nano. Miniaturization is the name of the game in every domain today. Miniaturization helps pack more features into a device, lowers power consumption and most importantly allows newer ways of using devices.

Building satellites even a decade back was the turf of government backed agencies that had access to huge funds.Today students in engineering colleges are doing it. The same stands true for robotics. I read about school kids starting to build and experiment with robots in Chennai

What it also means for a country like India is lower cost, easy reach of technology aided products, medical implants driven by technology to the common man.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tweet Tweet...Bang Pow Bang

Speak of the power of the new media. India and even traditional Indian media like the news houses are just waking to it. While we had seen "jhalaks" of it in the past when Shashi Tharor had tweeted, we are seeing an empire crumbling this time. Twitter entered India with a bang and has been creating lots of bangs ever since. Tweets from Lalit Modi revealing Kochi franchisee's share holding pattern on the 11th of April have generated so much of furore and back lashes that 
  1. a central minister lost his crown, 
  2. all IPL franchisees are under pressure to reveal their shareholding patterns, 
  3. three central revenue agencies are investigating the allegations of big time money laundering, betting and trails leading back to the chairman of IPLT20, 
  4. Lalit Modi, the chairman himself is staring at the axe coming down on him at the behest of BCCI on the 26th of April,
  5. The UPA is taking a moral high ground for having dismissed Shashi Tharoor as his proof of innocence did not convince them
  6. The Congress, the media suspects, may not be in all too favorable a mood to pursue the truth behind the allegations as it stands to incur the wrath of BCCI president Sharad Pawar, an ally of the UPA That too at a time when a big finance bill needs the full support of the house to get passed.
  7. The NDTV and Times NOW channels are calling the whole episode "Indian Paisa league" and "IPL's Dirty Truth"
  8. Times of India today morning is claiming that the total amount of betting money involved is 3500 crore INR
 All in the span of 1 week since the tweets were posted. The onstage drama is nearing a climax with the semi finalists raring to clash. The off stage drama is reaching a crescendo and newer developments are flowing in by the minute. Still feel like tweeting .....Be careful on what you tweet :-)

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