Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Smart cities have smart apps following them

With Bengaluru getting the Namma Metro service enabled and luxury Volvo buses riding the streets, smart apps for the smart devices carried by Bangaloreans are opening up.

Programmers and free lance coders are busy churning out  Apple/Android market places apps that seek to help the citizens know their infrastructure and connectivity options. A total of 249 apps turn up on the Android marketplace just for Bangalore.

Namma Metro and Bangalore Metro navigator are two popular ones that have recorded close to 500 downloads till date. There are apps for the bus transit system too. Bangalore City Transit along with four others are seeing traction.
While the initial version of apps are pretty much statIc renderings of publicly available information, it does seem to have served the purpose of opening up the eyes of the administration officials. They have started realizing the power of the dissemination that these apps possess and are looking at co-building apps in the future along with these free-lancers. The intention is also to have future versions of the apps become more interactive and user friendly.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mobile Charging as a Service

Today’s Hindu had a news item that amazed me. The mobile revolution has engulfed everybody in its throes. So much so that even people in the slums of big cities have felt the transforming power of a mobile phone touch them.

However, what they have not been able to get is the access to the power lines to charge their mobiles. Harish Hande, a Magsaysay award winner and solar expert says that he has seen “pay-and-charge-your-mobile” facilities in operation in slums. A full charge up of the mobile costs about Rs. 5. Charging 8 times on a average over a month means, slum dwellers set aside Rs. 40 every month to keep their mobiles operational.

While I salute the person who identified this not so evident need and created a small business around it, we need to seriously contemplate on the state of things where people do not have access to basic stuff of civilized world like power lines.

Source: The Hindu

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Friday, November 04, 2011

Online presence for SMBs a click away

Choose your ".in" domain name, create your website using easy self help online tools and get the website hosted - all for free upto 1 year - A Google initiative to get the SMB segment in India carve out an online presence too. All an entrepreneur needs to do is log into

While this news announced late last year should cheer up the SMB segment, the underlying attempt by Google is to inspire an online presence for Indian SMBs. Ad-revenue will be Google's take away, for SMBs, the growth of Indian internet should be all the more reason to get onboard.
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