May 7th, 2015
Team @ Kerala IT

Chief Minister Dedicates Infopark’s Phase II Campus to the State

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On May 6, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Oommen Chandy dedicated Infopark’s Phase II campus to the state, saying that the government was committed to bringing in more investments for creating job opportunities for the youth.

“The government will give more thrust to projects which are capable of utilizing the full potential of the state’s resources both in terms of infrastructure and manpower,” Shri Oommen Chandy said.

Hon’ble Minister for IT and Industries Shri P. K. Kunhalikutty said that Infopark and the private IT companies here have emerged as one of the biggest employment generators of the state. “The government is ready to provide all support to the development of IT parks,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Ports, and Excise Shri K. Babu noted that the Infopark has undertaken a number of mini-projects for the benefit of the local community, including the 1 Km road along Kunnathunad and Puthencruz villages, 1.1 Km panchayat road, land for Anganwadi, and foot-over bridge to the banks of Kadambrayar river.

Addressing the audience on the occasion, Hon’ble Minister for Public Works Shri V. K. Ebrahim Kunju said that the PWD has finished the tendering process for the renovation of roads leading to Infopark and will soon start work on it.

Principal Secretary for IT and Industries Shri P. H. Kurian, IAS,  said that the Phase II project will be completed by 2020 and around 80,000 employment opportunities will be created by then.

Over one million IT work space with futuristic amenities will be opened for business by the end of 2015 with the completion of Infopark’s own 4 lakh sq ft IT building and Cognizant’s Phase I building of 1.3million sq ft. Once fully operational, the project is expected create 8 million sq ft world-class IT space.

For the development of the Rs. 2,500-crore Phase II project, Infopark has joined hands with several global IT companies and infrastructure developers like Cognizant Technologies, UST Global, Trans Asia, Muthoot Group, Media Systems, Claysys Technologies, Caspian Techparks, and Padiyath Innovation.

Around 60 percent of the land in the second phase has been leased out successfully to IT/ITeS companies and co-developers. Phase II is spread across 160 acres of land, of which Infopark has leased out 125 acres till now.  Out of this, 102 acres is notified as IT Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

The Phase II campus is designed as a walk-to-work township with several facilities to complement the mainstream business. Apart from the IT/ITES infrastructure, the campus will house an international school, shopping mall, hotel, convention centres, and healthcare facilities.

Basic infrastructure like power, internal roads, waterline, and communication facilities are in place. The work on a 220 KV Gas-insulated substation at Phase II has been completed and is ready for a trial-run. A three-kilometre-long four-lane internal road is built as per the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) specifications. The construction of a four-kilometre-long compound wall for the Phase II campus is also nearing completion.

Shri V. P. Sajeendran, MLA; Shri Benny Behanan, MLA; Ernakulam District Collector Shri M. G. Rajamanickam, IAS; Infopark CEO Shri Hrishikesh Nair; and other dignitaries were present.

May 7th, 2015
Team @ Kerala IT

Kerala Robotics Startup Makes It to the Finals of International Robotic Challenge

‘Zephyr,’ a team from Qbotics Labs, a robotics start-up company, has made it to the final round of ‘HRATC 2015,’ an international robotic challenge organised by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society as part of ICRA 2015, the biggest conference in the world for robotics and automation. The event is slated to be held on May 26 in Portugal.

Qbotics Labs is headed by Lentin Joseph and Kamil Kafoor.

 “The aim of the challenge was to detect landmines from a random area using a robot named Husky. The robot should perform autonomous navigation, detection of mines, and report it to the judges. There were five finalists for this challenge, including the National University of Singapore, the University of Texas, the University of Nebraska, and Zephyr is in the second position among these teams;” said Lenin Joseph.

“Kamil had registered for the challenge and he successfully completed the Algorithm phase, the primary stage. In this phase, we needed to submit an algorithm about what we were going to do in this challenge. He was selected in this phase and the next two levels were simulation phase and testing phase,” Lentin says.

“In both these stages, we had to use the Robot Operating System (ROS) and a simulator called Gazebo. The assistance of Qbotics Labs is vital for implementing the next stages. After forming the team, we completed the simulation phase in ROS and also updated the algorithm for navigation. Though it was challenging for us, we cleared this stage. The next stage was the testing phase, where we had to remove the simulator section and deploy our code in real hardware. We completed it and reached the finals;” said Kamil.

 “As Qbotics Labs focuses mainly on autonomous navigation in mobile robots, this challenge will be an important milestone in our career too;” added Lentin.

Source: The New Indian Express

May 6th, 2015
Team @ Kerala IT

Kerala Police Seeks Assistance from Technopark-Based IT Firms on the Cyberdome Project

Kerala Police has requested assistance from Trivandrum Technopark-based companies for setting up the proposed Cyberdome project. The department would want technical support from ethical hackers and techies for the project.

Trivandrum Range Inspector General Manoj Abraham said that an online office would be established soon so that ethical hackers or cyber experts would give assistance to the police officials in the area of cyber crime investigation.

“This online office with a specially selected Cyberdome Officer will give assistance and suggestions to police to tackle issues in the cyber world. They will be given ID cards and ranks based on their contribution to the project;” he said.

‘The Inspector-General also said that the cyber experts would not be entitled to any monetary benefits as the project itself is a contributory one.

Source: The New Indian Express

May 5th, 2015
Team @ Kerala IT

Kerala Management Association to Conduct One-Day Seminar on May 8

The Kerala Management Association (KMA) will conduct a one-day seminar on the opportunities and challenges in the micro, small, and medium (MSME) industry. The session will be hosted on May 8, 2015, at the Management House in Panampilly Nagar.

Coconut Development Board Chairman T. K. Jose will be the chief guest at the inaugural session. Sterling Group Managing Director Shivadas B. Menon will deliver the keynote address.

Registration will be free but on first-come-first-serve basis. Only 100 delegates will be registered.

Those interested in attending the seminar may register by dialling 0484 2317917/2317966 or by sending an e-mail with relevant details to info@kma.org.in.

Source: The New Indian Express

May 4th, 2015
Team @ Kerala IT

Chief Minister to Inaugurate Infopark Phase II on May 6

Kerala Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate Infopark Kochi’s Phase II campus at 05:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

The ambitious 2,500-crore-rupee project aims at creating 8 million sq ft of futuristic work space for IT/ITeS companies and generating about 80,000 job opportunities.

The chief minister will dedicate the campus to the state in the presence of Minister for IT and Industries Shri P. K. Kunhalikutty and Leader of the Opposition V. S. Achuthanandan.

“In the first stage, over a million sq ft IT space will be ready by the end of 2015, which includes Infopark’s own IT building and Cognizant’s first phase building, the construction of which is in final stages,” Infopark CEO Shri Hrishikesh Nair said.

The Phase II project, spread across 160 acres, is envisioned as a walk-to-work township project, which includes facilities like hotels, shopping malls, international school, multiplexes, convention centres, etc. It will also have an eco-friendly green park, water treatment plant, and sewage treatment plant.

Infopark has joined hands with several global IT companies and infrastructure developers like Cognizant Technologies, UST Global, Trans Asia, Muthoot Group, Media Systems, Claysys Technologies, Caspian Techparks, and Padiyath Innovation for the development of the second phase. Around 60 percent of the land in the second phase has been leased out successfully to IT/ITeS companies and co-developers.

 Minister for Fisheries, Ports, and Excise Shri K. Babu; Minister for Public Works Shri V. K. Ebrahim Kunju; Chalakudy MP Shri Innocent; MLAs Shri V. P. Sajeendran and Shri Benny Behanan; Industries and IT Principal Secretary Shri P. H. Kurian; Ernakulam District Collector Shri M. G. Rajamanickam; and other dignitaries will be present.