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Real-time provides some exciting possibilities. From

much-talked about real-time music and video streaming and live video news, to

movies and train/plane tickets, restaurant and menu options, grocery shopping

carts for mobile shopping lists and m-wallet, providing easy and cheap credit to

farmers-all these and much more are soon to be made available in India by a low

cost wireless and mobile technology solution, with a sprinkling of location

based services


RML and other providers have already ventured into the

rural space with crop information, expert market advice and weather alerts for


BSNL has recently launched new

telemedicine services in rural areas

which work with a wireless screening setup with means of motion sensors and a

camera connected over a BSNL wireless line which can in turn connect to rural

towns. So that patients in villages can get connected with city doctors and

converse with them via built-in technology.

In the field of tele-education,

TTSL is looking at

introducing video kiosks in remote villages to help teach rural kids from the

comfort of their homes. This would save time, infrastructure and resources to

set up a separate teaching facility.

Thus, through touch screens, children can learn and play.

Options include drawing, academics, music, etc, which are also projection based,

and can be simulated for sound effects for musical instruments learning, etc.

High-end camera sensors connected to projectors and fitted with mirrors can help

children have visual aids and simultaneously connect on an eye-to-eye level with

teachers in other areas for a complete classroom environment.


Other new motion-sensor technology also includes landslide

motion sensors, which basically make use of low-cost sensors and wireless signal

processing technologies which can help in detection of storms, tsunamis and

other natural disasters by using GPS technology linked to dial-up or any other

available network, which can then flash advisory warnings and sirens across

kiosks along the coast making it a low cost safety solution.

This combination of motion sensor wireless and cellular

technology has also been adopted by Sula Wines to help in processing and

temperature control. For homes, multi house cellular technology can help in

pollution control, gas leakage, etc, which is picked up by motion sensors in

cellphones. Smart meters also make use of motion sensors to control devices and

conserve energy.


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Another concept picking up today is m-commerce and m-banking. Bank of India

is working on financial inclusion through smart cards, hand-held devices and all

other local network options in rural areas-be it GPRS, landline connectivity,

etc, to provide services in remote areas, so that people need not travel to a

town and can bank from the comfort of their homes, thus saving time and

resources. Core banking and financial inclusion using mobile technology and GPRS

for transactions through mobile, and hand-held devices are some of the options

soon to be implemented.

Location based services with real-time options are also

the latest to be introduced in portable navigation devices. Companies like



MapMyIndia are looking at new mobile technology options besides

traffic updates, which have been found to be the most popular services. There

are other services like providing directions as well as alerts on sales in

favorite stores, vouchers and discount coupons and more, customized to

individual customer needs.

In association with Google Maps, Tele Atlas is also

looking at introducing maps at the click of a button, whereby by clicking the

name of a location or clicking a photograph of it, users will immediately be

provided with directions for the destination as well as trivia about the

location, and also possible directions to other interesting locations in the


Cost-effective, extremely informative and useful, thus,

real-time and location based options are the new technology trends to watch out

for, and telcos are increasingly looking to introduce them in all

handsets-low-cost to high-end; making wireless technology available to a wider

range of cellular customers in rural and urban areas.

Beryl M