C-DOT and NDMA organise All India Workshop on CAP based Integrated Alert System- SACHET to train state Governments to mitigate effects of disasters

Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), the premier R&D centre of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications, Government of India and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Government of India jointly conducted an All-India Workshop centered on Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) based Integrated Alert System today here today.

The workshop aimed to provide a platform to all the stake holders including Alert Generating Agencies, Alert Authorising Agencies and Alert Disseminating Agencies across India to discuss their underlying concerns and challenges and evolve the technology-based solutions to address these in an effective manner amid insightful discussions by a galaxy of experts and technologists.

The Inaugural Session was chaired by Shri K Rajaraman, Chairman, Digital Communications Commission (DCC) and Secretary (Telecom), DOT. He exhorted that all forms of technology should be used collaboratively and appreciated the indigenous initiatives of C-DOT and NDMA in operationalising the Integrated Alert System. He said that saving lives is the fundamental responsibility of the Government and the country has marched very well in this direction. Substantial investment has been done in the recent years in telecom sector and all corners are connected now, so there should not be any remote area without alert mechanism. He emphasised the need of cell broadcast in the current network as well as the upcoming 5G NSA solutions.

Smt. B. V. Umadevi, Additional Secretary (DM), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India said that bringing all stakeholders in one platform will be very important in bringing synergy of efforts. She congratulated C-DOT on successfully completing the Phase-I of the CAP project.  

Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, Executive Director, C-DOT said that CAP based Integrated Alert System has been implemented as per ITU Standards and it is in sync with Hon’ble Prime Ministers 10-point agenda. Dr. Upadhyay said that with the implementation, India has become 6th such country to have nation-wide alert system. He emphasised the myriad capabilities of the indigenous Integrated System driven by synergy amongst relevant stakeholders and discussed the future roadmap.

Sh. Kamal Kishore, Member Secretary, NDMA said that disasters give no lead time and events are highly localized so warning should be location specific, timely, efficient, actionable, and people-centric.

States like AP, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka appreciated CAP and said that they have been using this to disseminate alerts at the time of crises and it has helped us save lives and take timely action .

 Various eminent dignitaries and speakers from various Government departments including NDMA, DoT, Indian Railways, Indian Metrological Department (IMD), Central Water Commission (CWC), Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Defence Geoinformatics Research Establishment (DGRE), Forest Survey of India (FSI), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) of 36 States and Union Territories attended the workshop and deliberated on various contemporary issues related to Disaster Management and Preparedness.

NDMA’s Integrated Public Alert System has been developed by C-DOT and provides a converged platform for dissemination of targeted alerts and advisories to people living in disaster-prone areas in vernacular languages over all available communication media including SMS, Cell Broadcast, Radio, TV, Siren, Social Media, Web Portals and Mobile Applications. This one-stop solution is a concrete step towards realizing Hon’ble Prime Minister’s 10 point Agenda for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The system is already operational in 34 States and UTs. More than 75 Crores SMSes have already been sent by the system for various disasters like Cyclones (Asani,Yass, Nivar, Amphan), Floods (Assam, Gujarat), Lightning (Bihar), etc. The system has also been used to facilitate the pilgrims during Amarnath Ji Yatra. 



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C-DOT organizes webinar on “Centre of Innovation (COI) for IoT/M2M” to mark the observance of World Telecommunication & Information Society Day (WTISD) 2022

Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), the premier Telecom R&D centre of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India, organized a webinar on “Centre of Innovation (COI) for IoT/M2M” on 17 May 2022 to mark the observance of “World Telecommunication & Information Society Day (WTISD)”.


The WTISD-2022 is centered on the theme, “Digital technologies for Older Persons and Healthy Ageing”. Telecommunication and Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) are playing a key role in supporting people to stay healthy, connected and independent – physically, emotionally and financially and ensuring the overall sustainability of economic and health systems.

Machine to Machine Communications (M2M)/Internet of Things (IoT) are exclusively targeted at making our lives easier, comfortable and secure with novel technological innovations. The WTISD-2022 webinar is focused on the role of “Centre of Innovation for IoT/M2M” in evolving an indigenous M2M/IoT ecosystem with contribution from relevant stakeholders and aims to invite industry, startups, academia and broader Telecom fraternity to come forward, collaborate and contribute towards the digital transformation with technological innovations.

The webinar further underscores the critical role of IoT/M2M in creating a digital technology landscape for smart cities, smart living and a healthy & sustainable environment for all including the older and specially-abled persons.

The webinar was graced by the esteemed presence of Shri A.K. Tiwari, Member (Technology), Digital Communications Commission, Government of India and Shri Nizamul Haq, Member (Services), Digital Communications Commission, Government of India.

Shri A.K. Tiwari in his keynote address emphasized upon the importance of synergy across relevant stakeholders including R&D, Government, academia, industry, and startups in strengthening the technology innovation and deployment ecosystem. He remarked that “Centre of innovation” will prove to be an effective platform for indigenous development of standards based IoT/M2M solutions for diverse applications.

Shri Nizamul Haq delivered the special address and highlighted the critical need of collaborative framework as envisaged under the initiative of “Centre of Innovation” to address the underlying issues and challenges in an expeditious and efficacious manner.

Eminent domain experts offered deep insights into the recent advancements and existing challenges in the emerging field of IoT/M2M during the panel discussion on the role of Centre of Innovation in accelerating the growth of indigenous IoT/M2M ecosystem. The panelists deliberated upon various contemporary themes related to IoT/M2M landscape.

The panel discussion comprised of a galaxy of field veterans including Sh. Sushil Kumar, DDG (IoT), TEC, Dr. Inder Gopal, Professor, IISc, Bangalore, Ms. Pamela Kumar, DG, TSDSI, Sh. Umakant Soni, Co-founder & CEO, ARTPARK, Sh. Prasad Parusaraman, CEO, Pyrox, iCity, Sh Bhushan Sethi, IoT products and solutions, Vodafone Idea, Dr. Manjunath Iyer, Principal Consultant, Wipro and        Dr. Subrat Kar, Professor, IIT Delhi.

Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, Executive Director, C-DOT extended his greetings to the Telecom fraternity on WTISD 2022. He reiterated that C-DOT is committed to supporting the growth of indigenous innovation ecosystem in collaboration with all stakeholders including R&D, academia, industry and startups. He accentuated the pivotal role of Centre of Innovation in enabling a synergistic framework for the indigenous development of standardized, secure and cost-effective solutions.

Ms. Shikha Srivastava, Director, C-DOT gave a detailed talk on C-DOTs lead role in M2M standards, C-DOT standard based M2M platform and introduced the upcoming Centre of Innovation (COI) for IoT/M2M to the industry . The key focus of COI is on industry engagement for standards based M2M solution deployments in the country.                

Shri Daniel Jebaraj, Director, C-DOT, gave the concluding remarks and thanked the guests and speakers for their informative talks.


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