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  • “Global standards are woven into every fabric of our lives, yet we tend to take it for granted”: TV Ramachandran, HonFIET, President, BIF at the IET Future Tech Congress 

    Published on December 6, 2022

     The Institution of Engineering and Technology successfully concluded stimulating discussions on the current realities of technology standards in India 

    Bengaluru : Industry leaders discussed the application of the Internet of Things in multiple sectors, the need for standards in policy-making, and the role of technology standards in achieving a resilient economy at the IET Future Tech Congress 2022. 

    The discussion was part of a special spotlight on Tech Standards at the IET Future Tech Congress 2022, organised by The Institution of Engineering and Technology. The segment is one of six special spotlights that are in focus for the event – Manufacturing, Mobility, Sustainability, Technology Standards, Fintech and Healthcare.

    The Tech standards theme focus began with an opening address by TV Ramachandran,  HonFIET, President, BIF.  This was followed by a special guest address by V Ponnuraj, Secretary to Government, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (e-Governance), Government of Karnataka. Speaking on the role of uniform standards in improving transport management for public transportation systems, he said “When bus manufacturers have their own standards, it becomes impossible for us to procure sensors that are common for an entire fleet. If the industry can work on low-cost devices that can gather data from each moving part and make it available for the IT system, then maintenance will be better. This in turn will improve reliability and increase throughput, thereby reducing costs, ultimately leading to the tariffs for citizens substantially coming down.”

    Further, the spotlight featured a leadership panel on the theme “oneM2M: Impact of Global Standards in India”. The Session was chaired by Dinesh Chand Sharma, Chair – Standards, Regulatory and Legal Working Group, IET Future Tech Panel. Speaking at the panel, he said “There are strong predictions that any future technology will ride on M2M and IoT, and it is likely to grow at a strong CAGR of 21.1%. From smart grids and smart meters to smart cities, the digital transformation journey in India is dependent on M2M and IoT. oneM2M is a global partnership project, with people and organisations from all over the world coming together to develop this interoperable standard.” 

    The panel discussion featured expert insights and perspectives from industry leaders. The speakers were: 

    • Manikandan K, Joint Director at Bureau of Indian Standards
    • Xavier Piedno, Head of External Relations at ETSI
    • Sushil Kumar, Dy. Director General (IoT) – Telecommunication Engineering Centre 
    • Sharad Arora, Founding Partner, Mashmari

    The 2-day national technology conference was centered on the theme ‘Decoding tomorrow’s customer demands”, and focused on the opportunities and challenges that the customer demands of the future will reveal. It discussed future-focused technology innovation in the form of stimulating panel discussions, insightful keynotes, use case demonstrations and high-octane tech debates, with industry leaders and experts unveiling technology 5 years from now. 

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