In India, MIT Alumnus Recycles Air Pollution into Ink

Bangalore, India-based Graviky Labs, is turning polluted air into paint and ink. The lab is the brainchild of Anirudh Sharma who co-led the MIT Media Lab India Initiative for two years, where he worked on creating an innovation ecosystem in India.

Vehicular emissions are one of the biggest contributing factors of India’s serious pollution woes, and ”because of this, we wanted to create technology that can capture a vehicle’s carbon emissions without compromising the performance of the vehicle. Our vision is to arrest the vehicular, environmental soot in a way that it doesn’t reach our lungs,” says Sharma.

 

Air ink Pens

CNN Style reports that the carbon soot is captured using a cylindric device that is fitted over the car’s exhaust pipe. Then the soot is purified to remove heavy metals and carcinogens. The purified carbon soot is blended with other materials to turn it into a durable paint.

“The soot is blended with oils to create oil-based paint, the spray paint is packaged with compressed gas and canned — to a user, the end results are materials that function much like any other paint they use,” adds Sharma. A single Air Ink pen, Sharma claims, contains 30-40 minutes of carbon emissions from a single car.

 

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July 31, 2016   No Comments

India, The New Innovation Destination of Choice

A report titled Digital Dynasties: The Rise of Innovation Empires Worldwide by Paris, France-based technology consulting and services firm Capgemini has listed Bangalore, India, as one of the top five most preferred locations for multinational companies that want to set up innovation centers and harness technology talent.

India, which did not figure in the top 10 list in July 2015, took Tokyo’s spot in February 2016 to stand at fifth place. Globally, 56 innovation centers opened in 20 countries over the past year, and 11 more plan to open soon. Capgemini analysts say that there has been a 29 percent rise in the number of innovation centers in Asia as compared to their previous research.

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Quoting from the report:

India has been rising in the ranks of favorite destinations to open innovation centers. Our previous research identified eight innovation centers in India in July 2015. India has since seen eight more innovation centers open their doors. Bangalore has been the most favored city with four new innovation centers. Bangalore is home to several billion-dollar Indian startups such as: Flipkart, InMobi and Mu Sigma, and attracts world-class technology talent and investments. Among the new innovation centers opened here are: Airbus’ BizLab, which intends to bring together startups and Airbus’ internal entrepreneurs; and Visa, whose new technology center in Bangalore will house 1000 developers accelerating development of next generation payment solutions. Global firms are showing interest in other Indian cities as well. For instance, TriMas Corporation – a diversified global manufacturer of engineered and applied products – opened an innovation center in Delhi to focus on driving innovation across its range of packaging solutions, while Puratos, a leading global food ingredient company, launched an innovation center in Mumbai.

 

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July 14, 2016   No Comments

Electrolube Sets Up Manufacturing Plant in India

Leicestershire, U.K.-based Electrolube, maker of electro-chemicals, established a new manufacturing facility in Bangalore, offering the advantages of shorter lead times and reliability of supply. Electrolube India has run a successful technical sales operation in the city since 2012, reports EMSNow.

The new factory, which will start operations in August 2016, will have an initial focus on the production of encapsulation resins, conformal coatings and thermal management materials. Electrolube managing director, Ron Jakeman, commented, “India is poised to become one of the world’s prime electronics manufacturing regions. Both export and local markets are booming and demand for specialized services and products, such as those provided by Electrolube, is growing rapidly.”

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Electrolube India’s sales manager, Padmanabha Shaktivelu, added, “Electrolube’s business and reputation have grown exponentially since our initial opening in India four years ago. There is enormous potential for growth in India with endless opportunities for Electrolube’s specialty products to help customers find new solutions to old problems. We have also discovered that local manufacturers are keen to enhance their green credentials and we will be investing further in promoting our eco-friendly, aromatic-free conformal coatings and water-based cleaning solutions, as well as the full range of coatings, greases, resins and cleaning products.”

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July 11, 2016   No Comments

Cisco India Manages One-Third of Total Product Revenue

In an interview with the Times of India, Amit Phadnis, president engineering and India site leader of Cisco, discussed the progress the company’s Globalization Center in Bangalore has made.

Cisco Bangalore Campus

Cisco Bangalore Campus

 

Excerpts from the interaction:

On the extent of innovation taking place at Cisco’s R&D center in Bangalore

Phadnis: We have developed 10 products from India since 2010 and have another 10-15 products in the pipeline that are completely engineered out of the country. Each of these globally has at least a $100 million annual run rate.

Out of Cisco’s total product revenue of $36 billion, $13 billion comes from products developed and managed out of India. 10% of Cisco’s patents are filed out of India.

On Cisco’s involvement with the smart cities program in India

We have done deployments in Navi Mumbai and Jaipur. The Jaipur Development Authority will set up a digital infrastructure provided by us to offer citizens amenities including connected transport, interactive kiosks, wireless broadband, safety and security services, traffic management and environmental updates. It will install an urban platform of sensors which allows for the sharing of information.

In Navi Mumbai, such an application is used to create public security and safety infrastructure. Running on a Cisco network, this solution provides live camera updates and alerts so that security breaches are not missed due to human error or oversight.

On the charter ahead for the engineering team

The charter is to take more complex responsibilities for product development. To create a larger ecosystem, we are getting the engineering team closer to the field engineers and sales teams, who really work with customers to understand their problems.

 

 

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July 6, 2016   No Comments

Cisco Inaugurates 2nd Global Delivery Center in India

San Jose, CA-based Cisco Inc., launched its second Global Delivery Center in Pune, 91 miles east of Mumbai,  making India the only country in the world where the company will have two global delivery centers, reports the Times of India. The Pune  center builds on the success of the Global Delivery Center at Bangalore which also includes a Network Operations Center that allows engineers to proactively monitor and report any detected anomalies in the customer’s network.

The delivery center in Pune will focus on customers embracing digitization including leading Indian and global telcom operators, insurance and finance institutions, as well as consumer goods companies – most of them operating on a global scale. This center plans to double its headcount in the next two years.

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“The Pune center plays a key role in our global strategy to execute global advanced services business along with providing services to India,” said Sanjay Pal, Vice President, Advanced Services. Cisco Inc.

He added, “We believe the Pune center will set the global standard in terms of its ability to attract talent, deliver the quality of the services, and achieve customer satisfaction. This center enables Cisco to share its global best practices and cutting-edge technologies with local customers and provide great services for a broader customer base.”

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July 2, 2016   No Comments