Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Zendesk Launches Discord Integration Enabling Seamless Gaming Experience for Customers

Zendesk, Inc. has announced an integration with Discord that makes it easier for game developers and publishers to solve customer service issues directly in Discord without interrupting game time.

With the launch of this integration, gamers or community moderators can now open a Zendesk support ticket directly from Discord, a fast-growing free voice, video, and text chat application used by more than 46 million gamers a month. Historically, gamers have had to email, call or reach out on social media for issues like reporting a bug. This would take them away from their game, resulting in poorly executed and fragmented customer experiences. With the Zendesk Discord integration, gamers can now reach customer service from within the Discord app, creating more efficiency and allowing agents to track, solve and report customer service issues without interrupting the gaming experience.

The Zendesk Discord integration extends Zendesk’s omnichannel service to the popular gaming app, where Discord users send more than 530 million messages a day. Zendesk’s omnichannel customer service offering helps customer service teams manage communication with customers across any channel they choose, including email, chat, phone, self-service channels, popular messaging apps and collaboration services like Slack.

"The Discord integration is one of the first-of-its kind in the gaming industry, and another example of how Zendesk enables companies to engage with customers where they are,” said Mikkel Svane, Founder and CEO, Zendesk. "Gaming companies are now able to engage with their customers on the most popular gaming communications channel without interrupting their experience."

The integration also opens up opportunities for gaming company customer service and experience teams to focus on expedited service, allowing game developers to create new and more engaging ways to connect with players. For example, if a player experiences a bug or a crash, they can report it to the game’s customer service team in real time allowing developers to collect feedback as things happen.

”Everything at Discord is focused on how we improve gaming experiences for our superfans and seamless customer support is a huge part of that,” said Eros Resmini, CMO, Discord. “This Zendesk integration takes advantage of valuable real-time communication with customers and allows game makers a modern, more efficient way to support their players. As long time supporters and customers of Zendesk, we’re excited to see gaming communities benefit from integrations like these.”

According to Zendesk’s own Benchmark data, customers across the board supported via an integrated omnichannel offering experience 31 percent faster first resolution times. For gamers, this means they can get back to playing the game faster; and for agents, it means they can handle a larger volume of support tickets.

GREENPANEL Launches Club Grade HDF - Perfect Substitute to Plywood.

GREENPANEL (part of Greenply Industries), India’s largest wood panel manufacturer, has launched Club Grade HDF (High density fiber board). An extremely strong and heavy-duty board, Club Grade HDF is water resistant board manufactured in state-of-the-art plants, using German technology.

GREENPANEL CLUB GRADE HDF board is your perfect substitute for plywood and first choice for applications in moisture prone areas like kitchen and bathrooms.  Made from high density fibre, these boards are anti-fungal, and borer resistant too, making them the first choice when it comes to doing the interiors for your house. The choice of raw materials coupled with quality checks at every stage of manufacturing makes these HDF boards extremely strong, highly resistant to water and perfect choice for humid areas. Made from High-density fibre, GREENPANEL Club Grade HDF Boards are the first choice for many architects and designers.

Due to its fibrous homogeneous construction GREENPANEL Club Grade HDF can be profiled, carved, moulded and routed easily, which is a difficult task with Plywood. It has a higher density than local plywood, resulting in more strength and compactness. By virtue of its constitution, it is termite and borer resistant unlike Plywood which is vulnerable to woodworm.

Moreover, the GREENPANEL Club Grade HDF is extremely cost-effective and comes at half the price of BWP Plywood making it the perfect substitute for Plywood.+

UL Designated as Conformity Assessment Body by Telecommunication Engineering Centre

UL, an independent global safety science company announced today that the Telecommunications Engineering Centre (TEC), a nodal agency of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, has designated UL as a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB). With this recognition, UL can enable players in the telecom sector to test to the Essential Requirements (ER) for certification by TEC. Telecom equipment manufacturers, importers and dealers can now submit their products at the UL’s Centres of Excellence in Gurugram and Bengaluru for testing and gain the certification from TEC.

UL’s designation as CAB comes ahead of Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment (MTCTE) procedure that will be enforced from October this year. According to the Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules, 2017, prior to sale, import of use in India, every telecom equipment must undergo mandatory testing by accredited laboratories in India designated by the TEC. The TEC will then award the certificate, based on the test reports issued by these laboratories. With a validity of five years, the TEC certification mark should be obtained only once for one type of equipment.

Commenting on the accreditation, Suresh Sugavanam, vice president and managing director for South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa at UL, said, “The telecom sector in India has undergone dramatic changes over the past decade. While foreign direct investment in the sector has nearly doubled in the last five years, India’s smartphone segment is one of the fastest growing in the world, attracting top global players. The high demand for telecom products, increasing technology disruption and proliferation in the industry is driving the need for regulation in India. It is heartening that the TEC has anticipated the risks that come with development and has created an all-encompassing certification scheme to address the safety, performance and security concerns of telecom products, services and networks.”

“As a member of several technical committees of the TEC, UL has established a fruitful partnership with the technical body, where we share our international expertise in product safety, security and sustainability. With our recognition as a Conformity Assessment Body, we are committed to support the players in the industry meet the regulatory requirements to gain market access in this highly competitive environment. Given the emerging health and performance concerns like radio frequency emissions and equipment degradation when connected to service networks, our efforts will ultimately benefit the end consumers, who can enjoy products that conform to relevant standards”, he added.  

The technical regulations prescribed by TEC will govern an array of telecom products from mobile handsets to Wi-Fi routers. The specifications outline testing for electrical and fire safety, performance and technical parameters like Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), Radio Frequency (RF), Security Requirements, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).

Fast-Fashion Startup Ralph Pierre is Transforming Indian Watch Market

In India, the watch market is dominated by brands like Titan, Casio, FastTrack, Fossil etc. Ralph Pierre, a new entrant in watch market is here to provide a strong competition with premium quality watches at affordable prices.

Ralph Pierre, a new fast fashion watch brand by Incosi Fashions is bringing transparency in the Indian fast fashion market to end customers. The brand has launched a premium collection of Men and Women watches that people can easily buy at affordable prices. The watches are inspired from trending European designs and are powered by Japanese CITIZEN Miyota Movement and SONY® battery to make them one of the best products in the market segment. Ralph Pierre watches comes with 1 year manufacturing warranty.

Indian youth is demanding quality products at the best prices. With an improved living standard and exposure to worldwide fashion, there is a growing demand for fashion goods that meet international standards both in quality and design.

Ralph Pierre products are available on their website and all the popular market places. One can find the details about the cost of each and every part that goes into the making of the respective watch. By doing this, Ralph Pierre is helping people in understanding that they don’t have to pay through their nose to own a Premium Quality watch. Generally, an end customer pays a hefty amount owing to the several intermediaries and their respective markups. Ralph Pierre is cutting down the middleman and hence bringing a Premium watch to the end customer at an affordable price.

“Ralph Pierre believes in transparency and that’s why we reveal every small step to our customers” - Shubham Khare - Cofounder. He added, “Ralph Pierre bridges the gap between the quality and affordability in the fast fashion segment. It has been launched with watches for now and soon other fashion categories are to be added. With trendy international designs and aggressive pricing, Ralph Pierre provides a viable option to users to own quality trendy fashion goods at reasonable prices.”

Outlook of Indian Banking Sector to Stay Negative: Fitch Report

The outlook for the country’s banking sector is likely to remain negative until its capital position strengthens in proportion to the bad loans and weak financial performances, according to Fitch Ratings.

The rating agency said the $151-billion stock of bad loans remains a risk for the sector’s weak income base, which is vulnerable to ageing provisions and slower non-performing loans (NPLs) resolution.

“Outlook on the Indian banking sector is likely to remain negative until the banks address their weak core capital positions against mounting bad debt and poor financial performance,” it said in a report.

The capital position of state-run banks banks is most at risk, with the core capital ratios of 11 of the 21 public sector banks (PSBs) below the 8% common equity tier 1 (CET1) regulatory minimum that will come into place at the end of FY19, according to the report.

The rating agency believes the country’s banks will need $40-55 billion in additional capital to meet the Basel-III requirements by 2019.

Of this, the state-run banks will require the bulk of the amount and most of the capital is likely to be used for meeting minimum capital requirements and absorbing non-performing loans provisions, around three quarters of which are in the form of CET1, the report said. Fitch Ratings said the government is likely to be forced into providing most of the required capital, since capital raising remain challenging due to state-owned banks’ weak equity valuations.

Last October, the government had announced Rs 2.11 lakh crore capital infusion programme for the state-run banks, spread over two fiscals years - 2017-18 and 2018-19.

As per the plan, the PSBs were to get Rs 1.35 lakh crore through re-capitalisation bonds, and the balance Rs 58,000 crore through raising of capital from the market.

Out of the Rs 1.35 lakh crore, the government has already infused about Rs 71,000 crore through recap bonds in the banks and balance would be done during FY19.

The report further said that banks’ credit costs rose sharply following regulatory changes aimed at accelerating bad-loan recognition. It resulted in losses that cumulatively eroded nearly all of the $13 billion in government capital injected in FY18, adding to capital positions which were already weak, the report said.

Over 1000 Students Participate in TCS IT-Quiz in Bengaluru

The TCS IT Wiz 2018, an inter-school quiz competition conducted by the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), was held on August 7 at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall, and saw over 1,000 students from various schools participate.

The quiz on the growing significance of technology was open to students studying from class 8-12 and is free for students. It was conducted in two steps - the prelims and the regional finals - and students were to take part in teams consisting of two members from each college.

IT, gaming, software, animation were among the topics covered here. The winners, Sucheth Hegde and M Rajashekar of St Paul’s English school, were awarded gift vouchers worth Rs 60,000, gold medals and a trophy.

The second place was won by Aryan Patel and Pranav Prabhu of PSSB Learning leadership Academy who were awarded silver medals, trophy and gift vouchers worth Rs 40,000.

The quiz is to be held at 11 other cities namely Hydrabad, Ahamadabad, Chennai, Indore, Kolkata, Nagpur, Buvaneshwar, Kochi, Mumbai, Delhi and Pune.

Monday, August 13, 2018

50+ NextGen Vakrangee Kendras Launched in Mumbai Metropolitan Region

Vakrangee Ltd., launches their first 50+ NextGen Vakrangee Kendras in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The company has launched these new stores or Kendras in the sub-urban and semi-rural areas of Mumbai. Since its inception in 2011, Vakrangee Kendra has evolved from being a non-exclusive store with a single line of service to today into an exclusive digital convenience store model providing access to multi line of services spread across Banking, ATM, Insurance, Financial services, E-Commerce, E-Governance and Logistics.

The Next Gen Kendras boast of a modern and standardized format with a uniform look and feel in all the Kendras aimed towards building consistent service levels and uniform consumer experience. This model also embodies technological advancements such as mandatory ATMs that enable the ease of financial transactions; centralized monitoring with the help of CCTV Cameras which would provide remote assistance to the pan-India Kendras, digital advertising through digital signage for brand partners, along with biometric and pin pad devices to enable all kind of payments mechanisms. The company is focused to upgrade all the existing 45,000+ outlets over the next few months. 

According to Dinesh Nandwana, MD & CEO, Vakrangee Ltd, “The launch of these 50+ Next Gen Vakrangee Kendras in the MMR region is the first milestone in our journey towards up-gradation of entire 45,000+ outlets.  With our progressive efforts and affirmative response from our franchisees, there will be a further 4000+ outlets upgrading before Diwali and we thereafter, have proposed to upgrade all the existing 45000+ Kendras that are spread all across the country, into the NextGen Model. We wish to simplify a customer’s purchase journey. Hence, we believe under our Vision2020 of setting up 75000 Vakrangee Kendras all over India covering each pin code by the year 2020; we aim at providing all types of services under one roof.  We believe that the key to winning the future is convenience and we will strive towards this by being the equalizer, who enables brands to reach the underserved population in India.”

With this behemoth undertaking, the company has not only increased its viability by providing a bouquet of services to the customers but also is a step towards bringing about employment, equality and minimizing the rural-urban disparity.  This being an evolution in the Rutail (rural retail) sector of India; Vakrangee, with this launch, also focuses on creating a separate and a stronger brand identity across India. Vakrangee aims to be the most trustworthy physical as well as online convenience-store across India, positively moving towards Vakrangee Kendra’s new brand philosophy of ‘AB Poori Duniya Pados Mein’.

The Muthoot Group Donates Rs.1.5 Crore to Kerala’s Chief Minster Flood Relief Fund

M. G. George Muthoot, Chairman, The Muthoot Group handed over a cheque for Rs.1.5 crore to Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan towards the flood relief fund in the presence of Shri. George Alexander Muthoot, MD and Shri George Jacob Muthoot, JMD and other officials today.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman M. G. George Muthoot said that, “It is part of the Group’s endeavour to involve in the massive flood relief activities and render all necessary support to alleviate the unprecedented sufferings of the flood affected people across the state.

He further added, “We hope the situation returns to normalcy at the earliest. The Group extends its condolences to the families who have lost their near and dear ones.“

The Muthoot Group has a family business legacy of over 800 years. The Group started as a small trading business enterprise in Kozhencherry, a remote village in the state of Kerala. Since its formation, the company, under the leadership of its key management - Shri M G George Muthoot (Chairman), Shri George Alexander Muthoot (Managing Director), Shri George Thomas Muthoot (Jt. Managing Director) and George Jacob Muthoot (Jt. Managing Director) has broadened its scale and widened its geographic scope of retail operations.

Today, The Muthoot Group is a multi-faceted business conglomerate comprising 18 diversified divisions including Financial  Services, Wealth Management, Money Transfer, Forex, Securities, Vehicle & Asset Finance, Media, IT, Healthcare, Housing & Infrastructure, Education, Power Generation, Leisure & Hospitality, Plantation & Estates, Precious Metals, Travel Services, Housing Finance & Overseas Operations.

The Muthoot Group has been involved in a plethora of CSR initiatives across the country ranging from Education and Healthcare to Public Welfare and Disaster Relief.

Headquartered in Kochi and having its Corporate Office in New Delhi, The Muthoot Group has a dominant presence in all States & Union Territories of India. It also has its presence in USA, UK, UAE, Sri Lanka and Central America.

CGI Launches Digital Literacy Centre in Partnership with NASSCOM Foundation

CGI, in partnership with NASSCOM Foundation, announced the launch of its first Digital Literacy Centre located in the KR Puram area of Bangalore as part of its commitment to advancing the community’s technical literacy.

The centre aims to benefit approximately 1,000 people in the underserved community, providing training on how to use computers, mobile phones and other digital devices. The training will focus on how to send email, connect on social media, buy from e-commerce websites, pay bills online, transact through digital payment modes, use online maps, and check the weather forecast. They will also learn how to use the Internet to access various government services such as Aadhar cards, ration cards, and PAN cards, as well as how to protect themselves against identity theft and other forms of cyber attacks while browsing the internet. 

“CGI has a strong commitment to improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of the communities in which we live and work,” said George Mattackal, President of CGI’s Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centres of Excellence. The digital literacy centre is part of fulfilling our strategic goal of being a caring and responsible corporate citizen. We plan to launch more Digital Literacy Centres across India in support of education and literacy initiatives and the National Digital Literacy Mission.”

The National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) works to help beneficiaries from across India reap the full benefits of a Digital India. NDLM is a dynamic and integrated platform for digital literacy awareness, education and capacity building programmes that enables rural and underserved communities to participate fully in the global digital economy.

NASSCOM Foundation has trained more than 31,000 people in Bangalore since 2014, and aims to train 15,000 more people by the end of this year. 

Shrikant Sinha, CEO of the NASSCOM Foundation said, “How we as a country fare in a digital first global economy, depends on how equipped our citizens are with the use of basic digital technology. We are glad to have great partners in CGI who share this vision and are helping us fulfil it. Through our first digital literacy centre with CGI, we hope to give a chance to the underserved people living around the KR Puram area in Bangalore to become a part of the Digital Karnataka and Digital India revolution.”

ISRO to Launch 22 satellites in 2019, Chandrayaan-2 in Jan-Mar 2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has scheduled the launch of the Chandrayaan-2 early 2019. Earlier, it was decided to launch the satellite in late 2018.

"We have planned to launch Chandrayaan-2 mission on January 3. We are trying to fix the date. But this can go up to March also. As we are coming closer to the date, we may miss the target," an ISRO official said. 

“Certain important changes have been made in the design so that it could easily land on the lunar surface” he said. 

According to reports, the weight of the satellite has been increased by 600 kilograms so that Chandrayaan-2 does not shake after ejecting the moon lander. 

In the history of ISRO, the space agency is planning to launch 22 satellites in 2019.

“Next year from February to December we plan to launch 22 missions with almost at least two missions per month, which is a very important activity. This tight schedule of programmes we are doing for the first time in Indian satellite history” an ISRO official said.

“Our target is set. Though 22 satellites a year is a very huge target. The last quarter of 2018 is also going to be tough for us as ISRO is planning to launch at least two missions every month” he said.

“The focus area of these launches was to enhance the communication so that rural India gets high bandwidth data connectivity, somewhere between 80 GBPS to 100 GBPS” he said. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

India’s Leading Mobile Accessories Brand ‘PTron’ Goes Global; Appoints Exclusive Distribution Partner in USA

India and Hong Kong based PTron, leading mobile accessories brand expands operations to international markets. PTron joins hands with global distributors/ channel partner network to expand its reach. As a part of this strategy, PTron has announced appointment of Cellpay as its exclusive distributor for USA. It is the second largest market in the world for mid-market, semi branded mobile accessories in the world, after China.

PTron Already has Distribution Channels & Partners in Israel, Indonesia, Italy and Canada.

Global mobile accessories market is expected to reach USD 255Bn by 2023. The single largest segment globally, is the mid market segment which is estimated at USD 102Bn. PTron has established its own design, testing, procurement and sales operations in China and a sales office in Hong Kong to avail products to its international customers.

Commenting on the launch of international operations, Ameen Khwaja, Founder & CEO of PTron said, "We have an in- depth knowledge and understanding of our consumers and mobile accessories market. PTron stands for quality products and unbeatable prices. It is an honor to partner with all the six distributors. We are confident that their rich background in the industry and an exceptional distribution reach will help us strengthen our goal of increased market penetration in the FY 2018 - 2019. Cellpay is an established player in the mobile industry and have a strong reach to the retail market. We look forward to working with them to make PTron successful in the US market”.

Peter Jasani of Cellpay, distributor for the USA, said “We are pleased to partner with Palred and bring PTron brand to a larger US consumer base. There is a tremendous opportunity for these world-class mobile accessories due to their competitive prices and quality. We are aware that they are one of the largest brands in India and this partnership is a validation of our faith in PTron. We strongly believe that this is a long term partnership with commitment from both parties and will lead to a win-win scenario for both of us.”

Talking on this announcement, international sales manager of PTron, Alice Shen said “We are pleased to have found a strong partner in US, as it is one of the most strategic markets for PTron products. Success in the US market will establish our credibility to penetrate other markets more easily”.

PTron has already delivered over 5 Million items to valued customers over multiple online platforms in India. After a successful consumer base online, PTron recently entered the offline market in India and expanded its distribution channel of PTron products over 12 states in India, in a short span of 6 months. PTron brand is known for its wide range of quality products and very competitive pricing.

KeyPoint Technologies Appoints Roman Sofianos as Director, to Drive Localization Overseas

KeyPoint Technologies, a global leader in innovative language technology and localization services, today, announced the appointment of Roman Sofianos as Director to drive business development for the localization division.  In this capacity, Roman will be responsible for driving KeyPoint’s localization business and growth strategy globally.

Roman has over two decades of experience in the translation and technology space. Prior to joining KeyPoint, he was the Strategic Accounts Director for enterprise solutions at TransPerfect. During his localization career, he has had the opportunity to lead relationships with global accounts such as Cisco, SAP and Juniper Networks.

Speaking on the appointment, Nutan Chokkareddy, CEO KeyPoint Technologies said, “We are delighted to have a veteran like Roman join the team. Roman has a proven leadership record, having successfully led international localization businesses. Given his in-depth industry experience, he is sure to play a pivotal role in expanding KeyPoint’s presence overseas.”

Quote from Roman Sofianos: “I am very happy to join the KeyPoint family of companies. The breadth of experience across the team is impressive and extensive. The expansion of the operations in North America will continue to facilitate the global growth of KPT Localization’s product and services”.

Domain Experts from Samsung Electronics Mentor 20 Indian Startups

Samsung Electronics has organized the Global Startup Acceleration Program in Bangalore in partnership with the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B) to mentor startups in varied fields in order to support the sustainable growth of local entrepreneurs in the country.

Thirty one employees from Samsung’s global headquarters in Korea and five university students from Korea have been mentoring 20 shortlisted startups remotely for the last two months as part of the Samsung Employee Volunteer Program. These volunteers are using their own vacation time for this program.

From August 6, the startups and their assigned mentors came together for a five-day bootcamp at IIIT-B to better understand the hurdles faced by the startups in developing their products and services.

The startups and their mentors showcased their business models to several Venture Capital firms that were present at IIIT-B on August 9. On August 10, the startups gave individual pitch presentations to a panel comprising Dr. Aloknath De, Chief Technology Officer, Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore, DV Jagadish, CEO, Outreach at IIIT-B and representatives of two venture funds.

Hexpressions, which offers affordable, ready to assemble homes made out of Composite Paper Honeycomb panels, was the winner of the Global Startup Acceleration Program award and was given a prize of INR 200,000. The first runners up Ziroh Labs that works in the area of privacy engineering and runtime encryption of data was given a prize of INR 150,000 while the second runners up Olly Credit, with a business model around mobile micro credit cards for millennials was given a prize of INR 100,000.

Social enterprise Geriatric Care Network, which provides preventive and wellness focused healthcare solutions for the elderly, and BrownPacket, a mobile app for hyperlocal medicines and wellness products delivery, won the Best Improvement Award for showing the most improvement through the two month mentoring process.

Geriatric Care Network also won the Best Potential Award, which was also given to Susurla VS Suresh of Startoon Labs, which offers a solution that assists physiotherapists to accurately measure recovery of mobility and muscle strength of patients undergoing physiotherapy.

The Best Social Impact Award was given to Avidia Labs that offers immersive learning experiences for schools using augmented reality and virtual reality

“At Samsung we strive to encourage young minds and nurture the spirit of innovation. With the Global Startup Acceleration Program, our experts and engineers from different domains are volunteering to support the sustainable growth of local entrepreneurs in the early stage,” said Dr. Aloknath De, Chief Technology Officer, Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore.

Since 2010, about 1,500 employees have joined this program in 43 countries. This year, Samsung is focused on supporting local entrepreneurs and helping them build their businesses for a sustainable impact on society.

This program is being held globally in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, South Africa between July and September with 80 selected startups. Among winners in four countries, five startup will be invited to Samsung headquarters in Korea.

The 20 selected startups in India work in a wide array of areas such as security for cloud data, AI powered solutions for educators and students, information management systems for schools, AR, VR, healthcare solutions for the elderly, use of IoT for healthcare, energy efficient IoT devices and ready to assemble homes, among others.

Samsung employees who are mentoring the startups as part of the Samsung Employee Volunteer Program bring their global business experience and expertise in domains such as B2B market research, pricing strategies, strategic planning in the area of IoT, AI, cloud, data, strategic investments and planning, databases, machine leaning algorithms, Android programming, healthcare business, computer vision technology, biomedical engineering, among many others.

In India, IIIT- B invited applications from startups for the Global Startup Acceleration Program starting May. Of the applications that were received, Samsung Electronics and IIIT-B shortlisted 20 startups based on the problems that they were trying to solve, their business model, motivation levels of participants and their passion towards their venture, amongst other factors. Based on the domain of the startups, mentoring teams were allocated to address their business problems.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore (SRI-B) signed a MoU with IIIT-B under which three startups will get extended support from the local incubation center at IIIT-B for the next 24 months.

“The kind of support a startup receives in its initial phase can define its success. As a company that strongly believes in co-prosperity as one of our core values, we are proud to partner with a prestigious institution such as IIIT-B to provide best infrastructure and mentorship to early-stage startups, helping grow the local startup ecosystem,” said Dipesh Shah, Managing Director, Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore.

Simplilearn and People Matters Research Study Assesses the State of Onboarding in India

Simplilearn, one of the leading digital economy training providers, in partnership with People Matters, announced the launch of a research study on “Trends & Best Practices in Onboarding”. The findings of the report provide insights into how Indian companies are approaching employee onboarding.

The survey saw the participation of 106 organizations and some of the key findings of the report include:

i . The Current State of Onboarding: Trends and Challenges

·  93 percent of companies have a formal onboarding process, and of which 61 percent have different programs for fresher and lateral hires

·  Orientation programs (70 percent), an impeccable Day 1 experience (80 percent), and engagement activities during pre-boarding like technical skill-training, projects and mentoring sessions by leaders and managers, etc. (68 percent) are the most sought-after methods by companies to engage and assimilate new hires

·  Getting new hires accustomed (44 percent), involvement of managers (44 percent), and learning engagement (42 percent) are among the top challenges companies face in their onboarding programs

·  However, only 27 percent companies are satisfied with the outcomes of their current onboarding programs

ii.  Use of Technology in Onboarding Process

·  The overall adoption of technology solutions in onboarding is yet to reach critical mass in India. A whopping 76 percent of the participating companies responded that they do not have a dedicated onboarding technology solution

·  The top areas where technologies are being leveraged in onboarding programs across organizations include orientation (57 percent), constant communication during pre-boarding (46 percent), first-day experiences (45 percent), goal setting and expectation management (44 percent), and training & assessments (36 percent)

·  The top technical domains for upskilling new hires according to the survey are Big Data, AI & Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Programming, Cyber Security and Data Science & Business Intelligence

iii.  How Can Organizations Improve Their Onboarding Practices?

·  The study revealed that it takes 3-6 months to train campus hires and make them productive for the job. Hence, it is necessary for organizations to begin their onboarding right from the time the campus hire accepts the offer, i.e. Pre-boarding.

·  44 percent of the companies said that they begin pre-boarding the new hires while they are still on campus.

·  58 percent of the participating companies confirmed having a planned engagement during pre-boarding. However, the pre-engagement activities primarily included communication and new hire documentation. It was also unusual to find that while Indian companies have expressed their discontent with skilled talent available to perform jobs on new technologies, only few of them (32 percent) are implementing skilling and training initiatives for new hires while they are still on campus.

Speaking on the findings of the report, Krishna Kumar, Founder & CEO at Simplilearn said, “Onboarding is the golden period for companies and new hires to get aligned. In this age of digital transformation where upskilling is a critical focus, it was surprising to observe that only 24 percent of the companies leverage technology in onboarding. Companies are in an endeavor to save time and costs to get their new hires up to speed with core technical skills required for the job. I believe there is a huge potential for companies to leverage technology to engage and offer training during onboarding which leads to employee productivity and clear business ROI.”

“Onboarding is often overlooked as a formality rather than a key strategy to ensure well-performing new employees become productive and culturally aligned in an organization”, said Ester Martinez, CEO & Editor-in-Chief at People Matters. “Onboarding offers a great opportunity to augment competitive advantage by creating a committed talent pool that gives the desired performance. It remains an untapped area of creating an impact to the bottom line.”

Ricoh Selects Juniper Networks to Modernize its Group-Wide Network Infrastructure

Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced that Ricoh Group has successfully implemented  Juniper Networks’ high-performing solutions to modernize and simplify the operations of its core networking and security infrastructure that supports approximately 500 locations and 34,000 users in Japan.

Ricoh Group has several partner companies and branches utilizing the same network. Coupled with the increase in cloud deployments, this led to more operational complexities and a lack of scalability over time. As such, a high-performance network was required to support the rising demand for increased bandwidth and to alleviate Ricoh’s existing network issues while simplifying  operations across three particular areas: 

Internet connectivity: Due to the increase in network usage, speed slowed significantly and cloud applications could not function at their optimal level. The network had to be managed and operated separately across various locations, leading to increased operational expenses.

Wide Area Network (WAN): As Ricoh’s WAN services were managed externally through multiple service providers, its customers’ requests were not processed quickly enough, leading to delays in response rates. Due to this, streamlining and maintaining consistency of network functions across the entire organization remained a challenge.

Local Area Network (LAN): With the growing demand for access to data centers and the internet, there was a drop in overall speed and connection. To mitigate, Ricoh’s service providers had to troubleshoot issues individually, resulting in management inefficiencies and added costs in coordinating multiple investigations across different locations.

To resolve these challenges, Ricoh set out to reconfigure its entire network infrastructure based on a carefully developed framework that involved the simplicity of network configuration across multiple locations, automation capabilities to reduce operational complexities and operability that aligned with industry standards. After a stringent selection process, Ricoh selected Juniper Networks to undertake the modernization of its network infrastructure.

Juniper’s MX480 5G Universal Routing Platform, SRX5800 Services Gateway, EX9214 Ethernet Switch and the data center fabric switch QFX5100 were deployed to address the various network issues while significantly improving operability, stability and security across the Ricoh Group’s network.

At the core, the MX480 provides the agile infrastructure, pervasive security components and adaptive disaggregated software that offers the strong programmability required by the solution. Investment protection is also secured with the newly-released Juniper Penta silicon-powered MPC-10E line cards, which provides high-interface density at 1/10/100GbE, enabling 1.5 Tbps throughput per slot and inline data-plane security, eliminating complexity without any performance penalties.

Alongside the implementation of the SRX5800 firewall, Ricoh was able to streamline its network connectivity and secure its network infrastructure through advanced threat detection and prevention. The organization also deployed Junos OS to further automate and simplify its network operations.

To optimize LAN connectivity in approximately 500 locations, Ricoh centralized the group’s network operations across its large-scale branches by utilizing the QFX and EX series switches leveraging Virtual Chassis technology, cutting its infrastructure footprint by 50 percent and energy consumption by 33 percent.

Additionally, with Junos OS being a common operating system, Ricoh was able to reduce its operational workloads through the unified configuration of network devices. 

In the next phase of deployment, Ricoh aims to further implement the SRX series to unify, enhance and automate its security strategy through Juniper’s Software-Defined Secure Network (SDSN) framework.

“New threats continue to emerge as technology advances. With Juniper Networks, we receive guidance and detailed advice on how best to mitigate and prevent these threats, while ensuring that our network operates seamlessly. Juniper has also been very flexible in handling issues around our network modernization. We are pleased to have Juniper Networks’ continuous support, along with their high-quality technology and solutions,” says Tomotake Wakuri, Digital Transformation Division, Ricoh Company, Ltd.

“Juniper Networks is pleased to play such a crucial role in significantly transforming Ricoh Group’s large-scale network into a simplified, secure and automated infrastructure. We look forward to a continued strong partnership as we create innovative solutions that can solve Ricoh’s networking complexities so that they can focus on driving business growth,”  Tomohiro Furuya, Japan Country Manager, Juniper Networks. 

Hinduja Global Solutions Announces Results for Q1 FY2019

Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) (listed in BSE & NSE) has announced its unaudited First Quarter results for FY2019.

Speaking on the results, Partha DeSarkar, CEO of HGS said: “HGS continued its business momentum in the first quarter of FY2019. For the second quarter in a row, overall revenues crossed the Rs. 10,000 million mark to register Rs. 11,008 million, an increase of 18.7 % YoY. Of this, 5% was organic, 4.7% from forex gains and the rest 9% came from the acquisitions of AxisPoint Health and Element Solutions.

During the quarter, we signed nine new logos, expanded our relationships with eight existing clients and won five DigiCX deals, reflecting how our offerings are resonating with the evolving needs of clients. Looking at the sales pipeline, we see big opportunities for our technology-led services including DigiCX, analytics, cloud services, RPA and machine learning, and continue to invest in strengthening our capabilities. The healthcare vertical posted strong growth and accounted for over 50% of the revenues for the third quarter in a row. The two recent acquisitions helped increase share of healthcare vertical revenues from 51% to 54%.

From a margin perspective, the performance of legacy business was as per our expectations. EBITDA margins stood at 9.5%, excluding the acquired businesses. While most of our businesses showed good growth, the India CRM business continues to see twin pressures of drop in volumes from telecom clients and increase in minimum wages.

Element Solutions has done well and we expect this business to play a key role in driving our digital offerings in the social media and cloud segments. AxisPoint Health’s performance was below expectations, with costs higher than anticipated. We have initiated the necessary cost management measures and these are expected to be in place in Q3.”

Konica Minolta India Makes its First Roll-to-Roll Label Printing Installation in Noida

The innovative digital label printing solution provides superior productivity, colour stability, and profitability, along with easy operability and cost-efficient operations

Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a leading global provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies, has recently installed AccurioLabel 190, its state-of-the-art digital label printing solution, at Hora Art in India. The Hora Art installation marks the first roll-to-roll label printing installation made by Konica Minolta India and further strengthens the company’s domain leadership position in the country.

Pradeep Hora, Managing Director and Sanjay Hora, Director of the company, Hora Arts, said, “We wanted a digital label printing solution which could seamlessly cater to our various small-lot printing requirements. The AccurioLabel from Konica Minolta is perfectly suited to our business needs and allows us to deliver superior quality prints at fast speed, with better overall productivity and profitability.”

Speaking at the latest equipment installation, Ashok Sethi, EGM PP & IP Sales, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt ltd, said, “The growing demand for differentiated labels and packaging options has made it necessary for print and printing businesses to look beyond the conventional and towards more advanced, future-ready solutions. The installation of AccurioLabel 190, our first roll-to-roll label printing installation in India, follows close on heels of its India launch and is proof that the print and printing market is ripe for disruption through technological innovation.”

A compact, high-performance digital label printer, the AccurioLabel 190 from Konica Minolta operates at the optimal intersection of performance, quality, and cost. It uses dry toner electrophotography to deliver outstanding high-quality images. The AccurioLabel 190 ensures extremely accurate image processing and formation for industrial printing requirements; the print quality is as high as the most high-end digital label printers and is comparable to offset printing.

The AccurioLabel 190 also boasts of the highest speed and most stable printing performance in its class with per-minute speeds of 18.9m, 13.5m, and 9.45m, depending on the paper type. It can handle a wide range of media such as ordinary/matte paper, glossy paper, tack paper, synthetic paper, and film with paper thickness of 60-250 micron and maximum input width of 330 mm. All of this makes the AccurioLabel 190 perfect for new-age label printing operations such as small-lot printing, VDP, and barcode printing.

The AccurioLabel 190 is equipped with advanced colour adjustment software, allowing it to deliver consistent, stable, and superior quality output from sample production to actual production. This enables the AccurioLabel 190 to ensure higher productivity and better profitability, even for small-lot printing.

“Through our range of offerings, Konica Minolta aims to deliver best-in-class productivity, profitability, ease-of-usage, and cost efficiency to its customers, while enabling them to cater to the ever-evolving print requirements of the digital age.

The installation was followed by a grand inauguration event at the venue on August 9, 2018. At the event, Vijay Kamat, Product Manager IP and Shayak Mukherjee, Business Consultant R2R interacted with the media to discuss the differentiation that the innovative solution delivered for print and printing businesses.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

IKEA Opens First Mega Store in Hyderabad More to Follow in Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, and Bengaluru


Spread across 13 acres, Ikea first store at ech hub HITEC City under Cyberabad. Nestled between tall office buildings and under-construction sites, the 400,000-square-foot outlet is the culmination of years of research and an investment of Rs1,000 crore ($146 million).

IKEA expects this store to attract 7 million visitors annually. Towards this, the company has localised and tweaked its offerings.

For instance, the in-house 1,000-seater restaurant (its biggest yet) will sell samosas starting at Rs10, besides its signature cinnamon buns, coffee, and meatballs. Such pricing is attractive in price-sensitive India.

It will offer 7,500 affordable, good quality, value-for-money home furnishing products, all under one roof.

The store will remain open 365 days from between 10.00 am and 11.00 pm.

The logo of IKEA is seen outside its under construction store in Hyderabad on July 18, 2018 

Local and affordable

Understanding Indian shoppers’ price sensitivity, the store offers around 1,000 products priced under Rs200. For instance, among the 7,500 items on offer are chopping boards for Rs100, mugs at Rs59, door-mats priced at Rs99 and monotone sofa throws that cost Rs180.

There are armchairs for Rs4,990 (onwards) and tables such as the India-made Lack table starting at Rs599.

At the restaurant, too, the dishes are modestly priced. For example, a portion of Hyderabad’s famed biryani (a steamed rice, meat, and, spice preparation) costs just Rs99, while IKEA’s signature chicken balls are available for Rs149.

Besides ensuring affordability, IKEA has also tweaked the product categories that it will push more in India.

While textiles is a major focus area for it globally, in India, it is betting on kitchenware and dining products. The company estimates that kitchenware can generate upwards of 10% of its turnover in the country.

So a large section at the two-storied store is dedicated to all things kitchen: pots and pans, spice boxes, idli-makers, cutlery, bowls, plates, containers, and tiffin boxes.

“We anticipate this is the very area where we can see huge volumes going forward,” John Achillea, the Hyderabad store manager, told media.see huge potential in this (kitchenware), even more than textile because India is already a big textile market. While we will have some work to do in textiles, the reality will be that cooking and eating products will be required right from the beginning.”

Even in this, there have been some adjustments made for India based on research—IKEA visited over 1,000 homes to understand how Indian families live. So, for instance, the cutlery sets will only include spoons and forks since Indians hardly use knives to eat.

And it doesn’t stop there.


The IKEA store in Hyderabad will exhibit two full homes that reflect 'Life at Home in Hyderabad', besides different room sets based on different parts of the home like bedroom, kitchen, children's room and living room.

It will also have a market hall where you will find home kitchen utensils and accessories, textiles, rugs, lighting, decoration, stationary and even live plants.

The store will house a 1,000-seater restaurant, IKEA's largest and possibly India's largest restaurant, a cafe which will offer coffee, bakes, frozen yogurt and many more for purchase.

It also offers a kids' play area named Smaland where customers can leave their children as they shop for things.


The IKEA restaurant will offer 50 per cent Swedish specialties like salmon and chicken and vegetarian meatballs and 50 per cent local delicacies like Hyderabadi biryani and samosas, apart from other Indian delicacies, at affordable prices.


IKEA got Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) approval in 2013 which allowed 100 per cent FDI for single brand retailers in India.

With that, IKEA became the first major single retailer to get the FDI approval and plans to open several stores and multiple touch points across the main cities in India.


While the first IKEA India store open in Hyderabad, the global retailers has a plan to open another store in Navi Mumbai in 2019.

IKEA has also acquired land sites in the states of Karnataka and Delhi/NCR and continues to look for more in other major cities.

IKEA has been sourcing from India for its global stores for more than 30 years.

Its plan to open retail stores in 40+ cities across the country reinforces its long-term commitment and deep connection with India.

Speaking to India Today, Peter Betzel, CEO, IKEA India said that the company thanked the Telangana government for its tremendous support. He added that he hoped that the people of the fast growing city will enjoy the shopping experience.

The IKEA store employs 950 co-workers with 50 per cent women employee in Hyderabad directly and 1,500 indirectly in services and expects to host close to 7 million visitors each year.

There are currently 403 IKEA stores in 49 countries with a sales volume of 38.3 billion euros. As many as 936 million customers visited IKEA stores in FY17 and more than 2.3 billion people visited IKEA online.

PayPal Expands Bank Partnerships; Partners with HDFC Bank to Offer Seamless Payments Experience for Consumers

Global technology platform and digital payments leader, PayPal, and HDFC Bank, the largest credit card issuer in India, today announced a strategic partnership that will result in a safer, faster and more convenient payment experience for HDFC card holders and help drive incremental digital spend. HDFC cards will be presented as a payment option during enrollment and subsequent payments, with the ability for consumers to easily open PayPal accounts and set it as their preferred payment method.

HDFC Bank has more than 35 million credit and debit cards issued in India, while PayPal is available in more than 200 markets globally with a network of 19 million merchants. This partnership will create a number of joint growth opportunities that will advance PayPal and HDFC Bank’s shared vision of offering consumers greater choice and flexibility in managing their money.

This agreement will take effect immediately, with new experiences available to customers that are designed to drive incremental digital spend.

Speaking about the partnership, Anupam Pahuja, Managing Director, PayPal India, said, “Offering choice to our customers has been at the core of our strategy, and the partnership with HDFC Bank is another step in this direction. Through this partnership, we’re enabling HDFC Bank to provide its customers with the ability to shop how, where and when they choose, by leveraging the power, safety and convenience of PayPal.”

Parag Rao, Country Head of Card Payment Products, Merchant Acquiring Services and Marketing at HDFC Bank Ltd., said, “We are delighted to partner with PayPal. This agreement is about offering choice and partnering with companies in the payments ecosystem that we feel can help us create meaningful products that benefit both consumers and merchants. This partnership allows us to reach millions of existing and potential new PayPal customers across India.”

Bentley Systems Announces Finalists in the Year in Infrastructure 2018 Awards Program

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the finalists in the Year in Infrastructure 2018 Awards program. The annual awards program honors the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world. Twelve independent jury panels of distinguished industry experts selected the 57 finalists from 420 nominations submitted by more than 340 user organizations around the world.

The finalists for Year in Infrastructure 2018 awards for going digital advancements in infrastructure are:


GS E&C Corporation – Jungkun~Jinjeong Bypass Road (Sueo-chon Bridge) – 
Gwangyang, Jeolla-Namdo, South Korea
Indian Railways – Reality modeling facilitates efficient planning, construction and monitoring of Chenab Bridge – Reasi District, Jammu & Kashmir, India
PT. WIJAYA KARYA (Persero) Tbk – Design and Build of Road Bridge at Teluk Lamong Port Project – Gresik-Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

Buildings and Campuses

Anil Verma Associates, Inc. – Regional Connector Transit Corridor (RCTC) – Los Angeles, California, United States
Shalom Baranes Associates – Cannon House Office Building Renewal – Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Voyants Solutions Private Limited – Station Development plan for Gwalior Railway Station – Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
Communications Networks

iForte Solusi Infotek – iForte Fiber Management System – Jakarta, Indonesia
PT. Linknet – Linknet Operation Center – Jakarta, Indonesia
SiteSee – Advancing Telecommunications – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


AAEngineering Group, LLP – Phase II of Pustynnoe Gold Plant: modernization and capacity increase – Balkhash, Karaganda region, Kazakhstan
Lendlease Engineering – New bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater – Ballina, New South Wales, Australia
Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. and China State Construction Bridge Co., Ltd. – Main Channel Road Project of Ningbo-Zhoushan Port (Zhoudai Bridge) – Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China

Digital Cities

Avineon India Pvt. Ltd. – Digital 3D Building Model of Rotterdam – Rotterdam, Netherlands
CCCC Water Transportation Consultants Co., Ltd. – BIM Technology Application in the Municipal Infrastructure Phase I Project of Zhong-Guan-Cun Science and Technology Town – Baodi District, Tianjin City, China
Yunnan Yunling Engineering Cost Consultation Co., Ltd. – New Municipal Road Construction PPP Project of the Municipal Public Facility Construction Project of Guandu Culture New City – Kunming, Yunnan, China

Environmental Engineering

China Water Resources Pearl River Planning Surveying & Designing Co., Ltd. – Jiangxi Xinjiang Bazizui Navigation-Power Junction Project – Shangrao, Jiangxi, China
PT. WIJAYA KARYA (Persero) Tbk – Landslide Disaster Protection Project on the National Road Network – Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia
Setec-Terrasol – Extension L11 – Adaptation of the Mairie des Lilas Station – Paris, France


Brownfield Engineering Sdn. Bhd. –  Propose 48MW Large Scale Solar (LSS) Project –  Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia
Digital Engineering (BIM) Center of Shenyang Aluminum & Magnesium Engineering & Research Institute Co., Ltd. – Alumina Refinery Project Cooperated between CHALCO and Indonesia – Bukit Batu, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Toshiba Transmission and Distribution Systems Asia Sdn. Bhd. – Integration of SCADA System with Electrical Panels for Brunei National Control Center – Brunei Darussalam

Mining and Offshore Engineering

CADDS Group Pty Ltd – Rio Tinto Iron Ore Sentry Guarding Project – Dampier, Western Australia, Australia
Northern Engineering & Technology Incorporation, MCC – SINO Iron Ore Mine – Perth, Western Australia, Australia
POWERCHINA Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited – Jiangsu Offshore Wind Farm – Jiangsu Province, China

Power Generation

JSC ATOMPROEKT – Hanhikivi 1 Nuclear Power Plant – Northern Ostrobothnia Region, Finland
Northwest Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd. of China Power Engineering Consulting Group – Huaneng Ningxia Dam Power Plant Stage Ⅳ project – Qingtongxia, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, China
Sacyr Somague РHydroelectric use of the Foz Tua Dam РFoz Tua, Alijó- Vila Real, Portugal

Project Delivery

AECOM – Gaining New Perspective through ProjectWise Insights – United Kingdom
Arup – Arup Australasia Project Systems Team – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Dragados SA & Transport for London – Bank Station Capacity Upgrade – London, United Kingdom

Rail and Transit

China Railway Engineering Consulting Group Co., Ltd. – BIM Project for the Beijing-Zhangjiakou High-speed Railway – Beijing, China
Italferr S.p.A. – Naples-Bari Route, Apice-Orsara Double Railway Line, Hirpinia-Orsara Operational Lot – Provinces of Avellino and Foggia, Italy
Skanska Costain Strabag Joint Venture (SCS) – Hs2 Main Works Lots S1 and S2 – London, United Kingdom

Reality Modeling

Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation & Chain Technology Development Co. Limited – Smart Campus of the Hong Kong Science Park – Hong Kong, China
Skand Pty Ltd – Building Envelope Inspection Powered by Machine Learning and Reality Modeling for RMIT University Brunswick Campus – Victoria, Australia
Transport for London - Major Projects Directorate – Deep Tube Upgrade Programme - Piccadilly Line Upgrade – London, United Kingdom

Road and Rail Asset Performance

CSX Transportation – Annual Patch Rail Capital Planning – Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Illinois Department of Transportation – Oversize-Overweight Truck Permitting System – Springfield, Illinois, United States
Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. – Nagpur Metro Asset Information Management System – Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Roads and Highways

Alabama Department of Transportation – Birmingham, AL I-59/I-20 Corridor Project – Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Henan Provincial Communications Planning & Design Institute Co., Ltd. – BIM-based Further Design and Digital Construction of the Yaoshan-Luanchuan Section Project in the Zhengzhou-Xixia Expressway – Luoyang, Henan, China
Lebuhraya Borneo Utara – Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak – Sarawak, Malaysia

Structural Engineering

Arab Engineering Bureau – Burj Alfardan – Lusail, Qatar
Shilp Consulting Engineers – Alambagh Bus Terminal – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
VYOM Consultants – K10 Grand Commercial High Rise – Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance

Oman Gas Company S.A.O.C – Asset Performance Solution for Reliability Management – Al-Khuwair, Muscat, Oman
Vedanta Limited - Cairn Oil and Gas – Well Integrity and Flow Assurance Management – States of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat, India
Volgogradnefteproekt LLC – Object Modeling and Life Cycle Management: Project Implementation and Commissioning – Volgograd region, Russia

Utilities Transmission and Distribution

Northeast Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd. of China Power Engineering Consulting Group – New project of a 750 kV substation in the Bortala Mongol Autonomous Prefecture – Bortala Mongol, Xinjiang Uyghur, China
Pestech International Berhad – Substation Design & Automation for Olak Lempit Substation Project – Banting, Selangor, Malaysia
POWERCHINA Hubei Electric Engineering Corporation Limited – Cha'anling-Xiaojiazhou 220 kV Electric Transmission Line Project – Xianning, Hubei, China

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants

MCC Capital Engineering & Research Incorporation Limited – 400,000 ton/day Water Supply Project of Wenjiang District, Chengdu City – Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Shanghai Civil Engineering Co., Ltd of CREC – Civil engineering of the Beihu sewage treatment plant and auxiliary project – Wuhan, Hubei, China
Suez Water Technologies & Solutions – Ultra Pure Water Project 1 GW Manufacturing Solar Silicon PV Cells & Modules – Kutch, Gujarat, India

Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Networks

Beijing Institute of Water – Beijing South-to-North Water Diversion Auxiliary Project: Hexi Branch Project – Beijing, China
DTK Hydronet Solutions – Conceptioneering and Master Planning of Bankura Multi Village Bulk Water Supply Scheme – Bankura, West Bengal, India
NJS Engineers India P Limited – JICA Assisted Agra Water Supply Project – Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

The finalists will present their innovative projects to their peers, the jurors, industry thought leaders, and more than 130 members of the media as part of related infrastructure forums at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference, to be held later this year, October 15 through 18, in London at the Hilton London Metropole.

Chris Barron, Bentley Systems’ chief communications officer, said, “The Year in Infrastructure Conference is an ideal opportunity for infrastructure leaders from around the world to network with their peers, and learn about technologies and best practices to accelerate their organizations’ digital advancement. As part of the conference, we are pleased to congratulate and acknowledge the awards program finalists for their excellent work, and to provide conference attendees with the chance to meet the finalists and watch their project presentations, which represent this year’s most outstanding going digital advancements in infrastructure.”

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