Nasscom and Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council have jointly launched a contest, JANCare, to develop tech solutions for the delivery of health care solutions in small towns and rural part of the country. The aim is to identify up to 25 health-tech start-ups and SMEs to provide pilot test-beds in collaboration with state govt at PHCs, CHCs and industry to help validation and scale-up for adoption.
ICICI Bank has joined hands with Google Pay for issuance of FASTag. The collaboration enables Google Pay users to order, track and even recharge ICICI Bank FASTag digitally on the payments platform itself. FASTag is a brand name owned by Indian Highways Management Company, which carries out electronic tolling and other ancillary projects of National Highway Authorities of India.
Western Railway has launched an e-patrolling and beat management app for RPF personnel and security monitoring in Mumbai division. The app ensures effective supervision by real-time monitoring of staff and group communication service. Personnel log in by scanning the QR code at the duty spot. The app will soon be extended to all WR divisions. 2,600 CCTV cameras with AI, ML, and video analytics capabilities are being also set up on stations.
Flipkart’s Wholesale app registered a 75% MoM growth in customer base and posted 90% MoM in transactions since September launch. The app currently offers fashion products including clothing, footwear and accessories to retailers across 23 cities. It recently added the grocery category in NCR. The e-commerce company added that 20% of customers on Flipkart Wholesale are from tier 2 or tier 3 cities.
Appinventiv, in second appraisal cycle of 2020, handed out an average raise of 22% along with performance-linked bonuses to over 600 staff members. It has hired over 100 people during the lockdown and is planning to add over 300 more from the remote locations, said Niharika Rawat, Manager HR, Appinventiv. The company is on track to clock over 200% growth in revenue in H1 FY 21 YoY.
Snapdeal has partnered with NPCI to let buyers make QR-based digital payments at the time of delivery of orders. The aim is to make the first-time buyers, who are uneasy with pre-paying, comfortable to make a purchase. The customer will be offered the “QR-code payment option” at their doorstep as part of the delivery process. The facility will work with all UPI-payment options — Google Pay, Whatsapp Pay, PhonePe, Paytm and UPI apps etc.
IBM has signed a multi-year contract with IndiGrid to deploy an AI-enabled hybrid cloud solution with Maximo Apps Suite running on IBM Cloud to optimise the quality and utilisation of assets throughout its lifecycle. The deployment will increase productivity, drive efficiency and reduce operating costs. IndiGrid has 11 projects consisting of 28 transmission lines with more than 6,280 circuit km length and nine substations with 11,460 megavolt amp transformation capacity.
Zoom is lifting the 40-min time limit it has for more than three participants for free accounts during the upcoming holidays. In a blog post, Zoom said that the limit will be lifted for Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Kwanzaa. It is worth a recall that the VC service has lifted it’s a 40-min time limit for Thanksgiving Day this year as well. Google is also letting free users host Google Meet calls that last up to 24 hrs right till March 31 next year.
The Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that WhatsApp’s business app has more than 50 mn users globally, of which 15 mn are from India. “We support more than 50 mn WhatsApp business app users globally every month already. And more than 15 mn of these are in India” Zuckerberg said while speaking in the event Facebook Fuel for India 2020. He also lauded India’s efforts of financial inclusion and praised UPI.