Category — Electronic

Apple Tries to Sell Used Phones in India

CNBC reports that Apple‘s application to sell refurbished iPhones  — aimed at boosting sales in India and countering a slowdown of its sales  in China — has yet to be approved, as India typically requires single-brand retailers to source at least 30 percent of their raw material needs from local suppliers. Currently, Apple sells products in India through distributors.

India’s minister of finance, Arun Jaitley, told CNBC in an interview, “Now am I to be concerned with job creation or not? Or am I only to allow foreign companies to sell products in India and not create jobs in India?” Exceptions could be made in certain cases of specific high-technology areas, and the government would take a call on whether Apple’s application met this criterion or not, he added.

Jobs creation is a key component of  the “Make in India” initiative promoted by the government to encourage foreign manufacturers to set up shop in India.

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June 5, 2016   No Comments

Rockwell Collins Outfits India’s Military Radios

Rockwell Collins, Inc., headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has received a contract from state-owned Electronics Corporation of India Ltd., for communications and navigation components that are used in the digital V/UHF radios manufactured by Electronics Corporation, reports ASD News. These communication devices are IP-enabled state-of-the-art transceivers for ship to ship, ship to shore and ground to air communications, said Rockwell Collins in a news release.

V-UHF Transceiver

V-UHF Transceiver

“The recent award is part of a long-term agreement signed with ECIL in 2010. To date, Rockwell Collins has delivered more than 1,000 units to ECIL” said Sunil Raina, managing director, India, for Rockwell Collins.

 

May 22, 2016   No Comments

Delphi Expands its Chennai Technical Center in India

Autocar Professional interviewed Chris Reider, vice-president, Global Engineering Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture, Delphi, on the company’s operations, growth dynamics and the business opportunity that is India.

Here are some excerpts…

On benefits for Delphi in expanding the Chennai Technical Center

Reider: The Chennai facility has become one of our key hubs for global product development and manufacturing to support our connection systems business worldwide. This is a technical center we rely on globally and, importantly, it is setting us up for future growth with local Original Equipment Manufacturers. With this capability, we can localize our development as well as manufacturing of products.

On the growth opportunity in India for Delphi’s connection systems business

Reider: We see opportunity in all our electrical architecture business. We have a broad portfolio of products, particularly in connection systems, housing and terminals. We also anticipate (new business in) high-speed cable assemblies, communication and infotainment systems which will be localizing here in India.

On how much India contributes to Delphi’s global operations

Reider: India is a long-term strategic market for us in engineering. It is a unique place where we have an opportunity to grow revenues with the local market but also leverage the capabilities that we have in India in terms of universities aligning with our business.
We are continuing to invest in our people, infrastructure, manufacturing processes and particularly in our core competencies in India. We are leveraging Indian capabilities and it will pay dividends for us in terms of our global growth.

On how India compared to other Asian markets

Reider: India is a little behind countries like China, which is moving faster in its evolution in terms of high-end premium vehicles. I am optimistic about the growth of the Indian market. There will be a number of external factors which influence the rate of growth in India. Government regulations and infrastructure in the economy will decide how fast the automotive market will grow. I am excited about the future in India – it will bring tremendous challenges but great opportunities too.

 

 

April 13, 2016   No Comments

India’s Attero Seeks to Recycle E-Waste in U.S.

Latin for “waste”, Attero is India’s largest electronic asset management company which promotes eco-friendly reuse and recycling of electronics. The e-waste recycler and metal extraction company, aims to turn waste into sustainable resources.

Founded by Nitin Gupta in 2008 just after he had finished his MBA from New York University, the company, situated in Noida near New Delhi, has patented a technology which helps remove precious metals such as gold, silver and palladium from electronic waste, such as circuit boards and mobile phones, among others. Attero claims its technology can remove more than 10 precious metals found in used electronics without releasing hazardous chemicals back into the environment reports cips.org.

E-waste

E-Waste

According to Forbes, Attero has won the backing of U.S. investors such as the International Finance Corporation and Draper Fisher Jurvetson to help it expand into the U.S.

Attero’s move into the U.S. market would be the first time the country has its own facilities for extracting precious metals from components such as circuit boards. Currently most U.S. circuit boards are recycled in Europe, Asia and Canada.

April 11, 2016   No Comments

MIT Postdoc from India Innovates for the Visually Impaired

Dr. Rohan Paul, a computer science graduate of  Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Rhodes scholar in Oxford where he received a Ph.D.in mobile robotics, and a postdoctoral fellow at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Labs, has changed the life of thousands of visually impaired people in India by his innovative SmartCane.

The SmartCane has its genesis as a student project at IIT Delhi when Paul decided he wanted to create an affordable obstacle detection system for blind people. He began by simply asking them what they needed, which was safety, affordability and ease of use, reports The Wall Street Journal.

After returning from Oxford he began refining the device.  Describing it, Paul says, “It is a sleek handle-shaped attachment which fits on the traditional white cane the visually challenged already carry. It sends out vibrations of different kinds to alert the users.”

The device costs $50  whereas comparable devices globally cost upwards of $1,000. Additionally, while the traditional white cane can detect only low hanging objects from a distance of 1.6 feet, the SmartCane can detect both low and above-knee-level objects from a distance of 9.8 feet.

Using the SmartCane

Using the SmartCane

Paul adds, “When we tested it in 2012 we saw users had 95 percent fewer collisions. We released it as a product in early 2014. The SmartCane is already in the hands of about 10,000 people. Our aim is to help one million or more worldwide.

It is a ‘people’s product’a humble tribute to the Mahatma, who inspired innovators to harness science and technology for the masses.”

The device is manufactured and distributed through a partnership of three entities: the Saksham Trust, a Delhi-based nonprofit, manufacturer Phoenix Medical Systems and the Indian Institute of Technology, where Dr. Paul co-founded the Assistive Technologies Laboratory.

Rohan Paul has the honor of being one of MIT Technology Review’s Innovator Under-35 for 2015.

March 27, 2016   No Comments