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May  2019   Issue Vol. 51  No. 5 

How To Lead The LED Lighting Boom In India
LED lighting boom will stay long in India, on account of the ever-increasing need for smart, connected lifestyles and energy-efficiency measures. Let us catch the pulse of the industry

GREEN TECH: Building Environment-Friendly Spaces
A green building comprises green construction and a sustainable model. Green construction focuses on choice of materials used based on reduced carbon emission and improved air quality
INTERNET OF THINGS: Smart Cities and the IoT: A Relationship to Build the Future
The Internet of Things (IoT) offers new opportunities for cities to use data to manage traffic, cut pollution, make better use of infrastructure and keep citizens safe
SECURITY: Karen Ravindranath, director - IoT, WebNMS: “For any business, having an internal team for the IoT security is compulsory”
Both solution providers and customers of the Internet of Things (IoT) are in a phase of constant evaluation of strategies to overcome the challenges that exist in the ecosystem. Karen Ravindranath, director - IoT, WebNMS, shares her thoughts with Paromik Chakraborty about the current hardware capacity, security and implementation ecosystem around the IoT in India
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: AI in e-Waste Management: Dig Gold and Burn the Shit!
The future of smart recycling is looking brighter. Robots, guided by cameras and artificial intelligence, are helping make recycling facilities run more efficiently
EMBEDDED: New Chips on the Block Making SoCs Outdated
Recent entry of the network-on-chip (NoC) is likely to make system-on-chip (SoC) outdated soon. The new advanced NoC micropocessors can provide better AI integration with low power consumption. Several companies have already started offering NoCs
DESIGN: Design Considerations for Autonomous Vehicles
Driverless cars are aimed at reducing the number of accidents, cutting down emission and easing congestion. This articles details some factors that must be considered while designing autonomous vehicles
SOFTWARE: Business Intelligence Tools That Enhance Productivity
Business intelligence tools are types of application software that collect and process large amounts of unstructured data from internal and external systems, including books, journals, documents, health records, images, files, emails, video and other business sources
An Amalgamation of Robotics and AI
Many a time, people face a language barrier when they go to an airport or railway station and try to find their transport. Can there be a different person for each language to guide people, or is there another way? Training employees of different origins, academics and grasping power is difficult for a human trainer. Such problems can be solved with a social robot
Electric Bikes Changing Perceptions
Tork Motorcycles, Pune, has developed India’s first all-electric motorcycle, T6X, built on seven years of exhaustive research and development. It has all the features for the smart urban commuter, driven by technology. The company was founded in 2009 with a vision to create a zero-emission vehicle that could perform like a petrol engine car. In the past ten years, it has developed multiple electric motorcycles that have powered racers to compete on the toughest racetracks of the world
TECH FOCUS: A Guide for Building Sustainable Smart Cities
Smart cities must fulfil the need for sufficient fresh water, universal access to cleaner energy, ability to travel efficiently from one point to another, sense of safety and security, among others. Smart cities need to be able to efficiently combine a smart physical layer (ability to use sensors to connect physical assets like buildings, public transportation, energy grid, etc) with a smart digital layer (increasingly mixing capabilities like Big Data, AI, the IoT and the like) to crunch data collected and turn it into actionable decisions on the field, in a cost-efficient way
MOBILITY: Writing the Rules for Autonomous Vehicles
In their rush to market, autonomous vehicle makers are trying to solve the wrong problem. Adapting autonomous cars to a human driving environment is as difficult as it was to accommodate the first conventional cars
Software for a Smart Home
• Loxone OS
• IoT Envira DS
• OpenHAB
• OpenMotics
• Smart Workspace
Mobile Apps for Smart Living
Scan the QR codes to download the apps based on the operating system of your device
Portable Emergency Light using Power Bank
This portable emergency light is based on a DC-to-DC booster module and a power bank. The emergency light is designed to provide sufficient illumination in case of mains power failure. Generally, a sealed lead-acid battery is used for an emergency light
FUNDING: Somshubhro (Som) Pal Choudhury, partner, Bharat Innovation Fund: “Look for opportunities to partner rather than build the entire solution on your own”
Paromik Chakraborty speaks with Somshubhro (Som) Pal Choudhury, partner, Bharat Innovation Fund (BIF)—a US$ 100 million early-stage venture fund for deep-tech IP-led startups in India—to understand how the fund plans to handhold the Indian startup ecosystem in its progress
INTERNET: Communication and Internet Technology: Interconnecting Networks (Part 2 of 6)
Interconnection networks are high-speed computer networks. These are connections between nodes where each node can be a single processor or a group of processors or memory modules. These connections carry or transport data from one processor to another, or from the processor to the memory so that the task is broken down and computed in parallel
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT: Seeing Beyond Darkness with Smart Vision Wallet
Smart vision wallet is a simple and efficient money counter and a counterfeit detector designed to be used by the visually-impaired and hearing-impaired community. Most machines use an LCD display, and are expensive and difficult to carry. Smart vision wallet is cheaper and comprises lighter and smaller components, reducing it to a size of an ordinary wallet—making it easy to carry
Tasleem Arif, vice president and head - R&D, OPPO India: “You cannot develop, invent or create anything in isolation”
The great Indian smartphone game is getting interesting everyday. Foreign players are finding themselves investing bigger in India, be it for manufacturing, design or R&D. Recently, OPPO announced its first R&D centre in the country, in Hyderabad. Paromik Chakraborty caught up with Tasleem Arif, vice president and head - R&D, OPPO India, to understand his views on India’s R&D culture and how fit is the Indian talent pool for taking the ecosystem further
Atul Gupta, founder and chief executive officer, InSync Tech-Fin Solutions: “iPaaS connects discrete applications to work as one, thus saving effort and directly impacting the operational cost”
Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) enables creation and deployment of integration points to transfer data between business applications. Atul Gupta, founder and chief executive officer, InSync Tech-Fin Solutions, discusses with Deepshikha Shukla how adoption of iPaaS has changed the integration game
5W Stereo Audio Amplifier
Here is how we can build a 5W stereo audio power amplifier based on TEA 2025 IC and two potentiometers for left and right volume controls. Its power output is 2.5W on left and right channels each with a 12V DC power supply
New Products
• Components
• Test & Measurement
• Internet of Things
• Software
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A Cellphone that Can be Worn Like a Ring
Every new technology seems futuristic in the beginning, and it can be hard to understand the values and everyday applications of it. When voice assistance started to take over, people found it amusing to play music or control lights by giving vocal instructions. With time, the technology became prevalent and manufacturing costs reduced enough to make the technology accessible for common people, and now such technologies are part of our daily lives
TEST & MEASUREMENT: Various Tools Needed for T&M of Displays
For a fully-automated quality control of displays, systems can be implemented throughout the manufacturing process. Makers of smartphones, tablets and other display devices rely on testing to ensure a perfect end-user experience
SMART LIVING: Gadgets of Tomorrow Revealed at CES 2019
We love how technology has made our daily lives more interesting. Starting from wireless speakers to smart footwear, we are surrounded by innovative gadgets that can come handy in various practical situations. We get a glimpse of such latest gizmos every year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and this year was no different. Gadgets for daily use, fitness and healthcare, entertainment and all other areas of application were presented. We describe here briefly some of the most interesting and innovative gadgets that were exhibited at CES 2019
Appliance Guard to Prevent Damage
This circuit monitors the AC current flowing through an electrical appliance and automatically turns the appliance off when the current goes beyond maximum or minimum threshold levels. If the appliance is drawing very high or very low current than the specified rated current, this indicates that there is a fault with the appliance. This guard is extremely useful where motors are used in the appliance or an equipment
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Home Automation System for up to Four Devices
This project is designed to control up to four home electrical devices using Node-RED, Raspberry Pi and local Wi-Fi network. Node-RED is a flow-based development tool for visual programming
5V DC to 48V DC Converter for Phantom Power Supplies
This circuit presents a simple and low-cost DC-to-DC converter for phantom power supplies used in mixing consoles, microphone preamplifiers, telephone systems and similar equipment. There are many application circuits that require 24V and 48V phantom power supplies, but these DC power supplies are costly and not easily available. 5V DC power supplies are easily available at low cost. This circuit presents a solution for converting 5V DC to 48V DC using a popular MC34063A IC
HEALTHCARE: Building the Foundation for Harmless Pest Control using Electronics
Electronic pest control is the name given to electrically-powered devices designed to repel or eliminate pests. This article takes a look at such devices
Tanay Krishna, marketing head, Centre of Development of Telematics (C-DOT): “Standardisation, if not taken seriously, can lead to serious security threats”
Technology experts in India are constantly striving to connect the remote corners of the country and provide the rest with stronger and reliable networks. As a step towards making this vision a reality, Centre of Development of Telematics (C-DOT) recently revealed its innovative satellite-based Wi-Fi solution and an AI-powered city-scale facial recognition-based surveillance system. Tanay Krishna, marketing head, C-DOT, talks to Baishakhi Dutta about the technology
BUYERS' GUIDE: Modernise Your Home with Smart LED Bulbs
We have come a long way from manual operations to automation in the smallest aspects of our life. Smart bulb technology provides us the luxury of switching on or off the lights without getting up or while on-the-move. Wi-Fi-compatible smart LED bulbs can be controlled from any part of the world. All it takes is an app on the phone, tablet, home automation hub or voice assistant such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home to brighten the house
Sending Real-Time Sensor Data through e-Mail
This project is based on Raspberry Pi and Python programming, and sends real-time sensor data via Gmail. Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer with several features
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Minuscule LED Night Marker
The minuscule LED night marker presented here is an automatic light beacon that wakes up at night, or when there is not enough ambient light in its environment. Anyone active in the dark (walking, riding, swimming, etc) can utilise this portable marker as a safety device to put a clear and distinct mark in darkness
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Industry News: Industry Updates
• Industrial robotics market expected to have highest growth by 2024
• Fibre-optic test equipment market to grow at 5.6 per cent in 2019
• Corporate funding in solar sector up 10 per cent in Q1 of 2019
Tech News: Technology Updates
• World’s smallest computer is here!
• Robot that can sort recycling by giving it a squeeze
• Blue, the human-friendly robot designed for AI
• AI accurately predicts the useful life of batteries
• Goodyear unveils concept tyre for flying cars
• Samsung releases the world’s first 5G phone in South Korea
• MetaFly, a new flying experience
Q&A: Things You Wanted to Know!

FIRST LOOK: Some New Gadgets
• Digital camera
• Headphones
• Speaker
• IP camera
• Wi-Fi router
• Smartphone
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