Internet Access: Satellite communications to play key role in driving India's tech ambitions, internet reach: MoS IT, CIO News, ET CIO

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Satellite communications is emerging as an important part of India's ambitions to scale up quality internet access across the country, Minister of State for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Thursday. For the digital economy and India's growing clout in global technology landscape, satellite communications holds significant relevance, the minister said speaking at India Space Congress 2022. "Our by 2025-26 to have 1.2 billion Indians have the ability to connect to the internet directly through their device, and...role of satellite communications and space segment is an inherent part of this," Chandrasekhar said.At times, wireless technology may have limitations and "satellite is clearly emerging as an important part of the blueprint of delivering quality internet to all citizens and enterprises of India," he said.Satellite and space, therefore, will be important in the overall mission to ensure delivery of internet and goal of connecting people to the digital economy.India's tech economy has evolved from being IT services orientated to additional realms such as innovation, startup segments, consumer tech, fintech, and e-commerce. "We have a momentum going there, which makes us competitive with the rest of the world in terms of scale and quality and size, and innovation and applications that our startups are creating. But our focus is now also on the nuts and bolts of the internet, the underlying electronics, technology, devices and products that power the internet" the minister said.The space and satcomm sectors are going to offer interesting and critical use cases that will catalyse startups, and development of devices and electronics.India is an island of calm in an otherwise disturbed, turbulent global environment, where many nations are struggling with inflation and post-COVID era issues, the minister said.India has carefully navigated the storm, to emerge as the fastest-growing innovation ecosystem in the world, attracting high FDI inflows, he noted.
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Menlo Security: California-based Menlo Security to hire engineers for developing products from Bengaluru, CIO News, ET CIO

California-based Menlo Security is investing in its two-year old Bengaluru office, adding up to 60 engineers next year to roll out more cyber products for its global clients, according to its co-founder and chief product officer Poornima DeBolle.“We expect to hire up to 60 engineers next year,” DeBolle told PTI on the sidelines of the Singapore International Cyber Week 2022 on Thursday.The company also plans to hire more junior talent, those with experience of two to five years, in the coming year, and train them to develop new cyber security products.“We invest in talent and take them to our operations in the US and Singapore for further developing their skill,” she said.“We will build products in India and deliver to India as well as from India,” she said of her long-term plans that widely align with the Indian Government's vision of having industries in the country to make for the world.Noting the matured engineering talent in Bengaluru as comparable to those in Silicon Valley, DeBolle shared her decision to have an Indian hub after having checked on the availability of talent in Spain, Ireland and Mexico.“We decided in late 2020 to set up the Indian office for our global product expansion plans, as it became challenging in expanding from the US and the UK operations.”Once the Bengaluru office was finalised, DeBolle gathered a team of 40-engineers in early 2021 and had the first cloud-based product shipped to global clients within nine months.The team delivered the first product, Menlo Private Access, in the first quarter of this year, said the Bengaluru-born and California-based engineer turned entrepreneur.More products are in the pipeline, said DeBolle who led her Singapore-based team to display a range of products at the three-day Cyber week held from Oct 18-20.DeBolle is working on a couple of different product lines, but all on cyber security, including browser isolation and enhancing the first made-in-India product Menlo Private Access.“As migration to the cloud quickens and application workloads move to SaaS, security is being rearchitected to meet a new set of challenges,” she said.“Menlo Security is at the forefront of this shift, empowering organisations to adapt and map their journey to Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and beyond,” she said.

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Drone Technology: Indian Navy, Drone Federation join hands to promote indigenous drone technology, Infra News, ET Infra

NEW DELHI: The Technology Development and Acceleration Cell of the Naval Innovation Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) under the Indian Navy and Drone Federation of India have joined hands to collaboratively work towards promoting indigenous development, manufacturing and testing of a drone, counter-drone, and associated technologies for the Navy As a part of this collaboration, the Navy and the drone industry body will increase the Navy-industry-academia synergy, and source technology development challenges towards component indigenisation, an official statement said on Wednesday. "A special maritime drone testing site shall also be earmarked for the Indian drone industry to facilitate faster development and testing of drones, especially in maritime environments thus enabling development for a host of applications," the statement added.Additionally, programs on sensitisation and skill development shall be undertaken as part of this understanding. TDAC has been working towards accelerating the development of indigenous technologies to be utilised by the Indian Navy. Our collaboration with the Drone Federation of India will help us in developing a deeper industry connection as well as help us create a stronger roadmap for induction of drone platforms in the Indian Navy in a time-bound manner," said Cmde A P Golaya, VSM , OiC TDAC, Indian Navy.The Drone Federation of India is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led body that promotes the drone industry by creating business opportunities, developing a robust skilling infrastructure, developing standards, and promoting R&D efforts. "It is a proud moment for the Indian drone industry to have established a partnership with the Indian Navy to build and test superior drone platforms," said Smit Shah, President, the Drone Federation of India in the statement.Shah added that the maritime testing site being developed under this initiative will accelerate the development of versatile and reliable drone platforms for advanced maritime use cases like maritime patrol, drone landings on moving ships, ship-to-ship deliveries, and ship-to-shore deliveries.

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