Ericsson And Volvo Cars Sign 5-year Connected Vehicle Cloud Worldwide Deal

This deal with Volvo Cars is the largest to date for Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud View Photos

This deal with Volvo Cars is the largest to date for Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud

Ericsson has been selected by Volvo Car Group to provide the industrialized Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud platform to further enable its digital vehicle services in more than 120 markets worldwide for the next five years. Volvo is increasing its focus on securing high-quality connected-vehicle services as digitalization increases the importance of software services. The services will also benefit from the increased speed, low-latency and capacity for mission critical applications, such as autonomous driving, that commercial 5G networks will enable.

The deal – which will enable Volvo Cars to provide car owners and drivers with its latest developments in connected car digital services such as automation, fleet management, telematics, navigation, and infotainment – is the largest to date for Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud.


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The platform takes full account of legal, security, and privacy obligations on a global scale – such as compliance with the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

With digital services increasingly becoming a differentiation factor for automotive consumers, the need for a secure and dependable service provision infrastructure is critical to provide quality of service at scale.


Asa Tamsons, Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses, Ericsson, said, “Ericsson is providing a highly scalable and global platform for connected services to Volvo Cars. By removing complexity in areas such as data legislation and storage management, and improving services latency, our platform enhances the overall user experience of Volvo Cars’ connected services. Our Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud platform will result in rapid innovation and the faster launch of new services to the benefit of Volvo Cars’ partners and customers. The new platform enables the latest development in telematics, infotainment, navigation, automation, and fleet management.”


IIT Delhi Establishes Artificial Intelligence Chair In Name Of Distinguished Alumnus

IIT Delhi Establishes Artificial Intelligence Chair In Name Of Distinguished Alumnus

The two academicians have pledged a support of Rs. 1 crore for the purpose in IIT Delhi.

New Delhi: 

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here signed an MoU with professors Soumitra Dutta and Lourdes Casanova for the constitution of “The Soumitra Dutta Chair in Artificial Intelligence”. The two academicians have pledged a support of Rs. 1 crore for the purpose. The Chair has been named after Soumitra Dutta, who is a distinguished alumnus of IIT Delhi, and it is envisaged to promote excellence and leadership in teaching, research and development in the field of artificial intelligence and to facilitate wider and deeper interaction between the industry and IIT Delhi faculty and students.

“I am very grateful to faculty of IIT Delhi for the valuable education they provided to me and I am glad to contribute to the future academic excellence of IIT Delhi,” Prof Dutta said.

Lourdes Casanova, a renowned academician working at Cornell University, said, “The chair recognises the important role of artificial intelligence in shaping the future of India and supports the aspirations of IIT Delhi for leadership in this important domain.”

Prof Dutta received a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985 from IIT Delhi and earned a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of California in Berkeley.

He is an authority on the impact of new technology on the business world with a special focus on strategies for driving growth and innovation in the digital economy.

Prof Dutta is best known for being the architect of the Global Innovation Index, which now has become the global standard among innovation indices.


IIT Hyderabad Scientists Develop Smartphone-Based Sensors To Detect Milk Adulteration

IIT Hyderabad Scientists Develop Smartphone-Based Sensors To Detect Milk Adulteration

Prof Shiv Govind Singh of IIT Hyderabad and his team


Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad researchers are developing a Smart Phone-based sensoring system to detect adulteration in milk. As a first step, the IIT Hyderabad team has developed a detector system to measure the acidity of milk through design of an indicator paper that changes color according to the acidity of the milk. They have also developed algorithms that can be incorporated on to a mobile phone to accurately detect the color change.

The study results have been published in the November 2018 issue of Food Analytical Methods journal.

The research was undertaken by a team led by Prof Shiv Govind Singh, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad.

The team is also comprised of Dr Soumya Jana and Dr Siva Rama Krishna Vanjari, Associate Professors in the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad and others.

“While techniques such as chromatography and spectroscopy can be used to detect adulteration, such techniques generally require expensive setup and are not amenable to miniaturization into low-cost easy-to-use devices. Hence, they do not appeal to the vast majority of milk consumers in the developing world,” Prof Singh talked about the study.

Further, Prof Singh added, “We need to develop simple devices that the consumer can use to detect milk contamination. It should be possible to make milk adulteration detection failsafe by monitoring all of these parameters at the same time, without the need for expensive equipment.”

The researchers have used a process called ‘electrospinning’ to produce paper-like material made of nanosized fibres of nylon, loaded with a combination of three dyes, said a statement from the Institute.

The paper is “halochromic”, that is, it changes color in response to changes in acidity, the statement added.

The Researchers have developed a prototype smart phone-based algorithm, in which, the colours of the sensor strips after dipping in milk are captured using the camera of the phone, and the data is transformed into pH (acidity) ranges.

They have used three machine-learning algorithms and compared their detection efficiencies in classifying the colour of the indicator strips.  On testing with milk spiked with various combinations of contaminants, they found near-perfect classification with accuracy of 99.71%.

A recent report by the Animal Welfare Board shows that 68.7 % of milk and milk by-products in the country are adulterated with products such as detergent, glucose, urea, caustic soda, white paint and oil. Chemicals such as formalin, hydrogen peroxide, boric acid and antibiotics could also be added to milk to increase shelf life.


UPTET Answer Key 2018: How To Download Using Your Mobiles From @

UPTET Answer Key 2018: How To Download Using Your Mobiles From @

UPTET answer key 2018 expected on

UPTET answer key: As per the updates available, Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Board or Upbasiceduboard as it famously known, is expected to release the UPTET answer key 2018 soon on the official website hosted by National Informatics Centre (NIC). The Board had conducted the UPTET teacher eligibility test on November 18 for around 23 lakh registered candidates, out which 17 lakh appeared in the exam. The next process in the examination exercise is the release of UPTET answer key for analyzing the answers keyed in by the candidates. The candidates will be provided an option to scrutinize the provisional UPTET answer key 2018 to be released by the Board.

A dedicated link will be available on the official website for raising objections, if any, towards the provisional UPTET answer keys to be released by the Board.


Supreme Court Quashes Madras High Court’s 196 Grace Marks Order For Erroneous Questions In NEET

Supreme Court Quashes Madras High Court's 196 Grace Marks Order For Erroneous Questions In NEET

The Supreme Court today quashed the Madras High Court directive to CBSE

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India today quashed the Madras High Court directive to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to grant 196 grace marks to students who suffered from the erroneous Tamil translation of 49 questions in the NEET for undergraduate medical admissions. While setting aside the the judgment of the Madurai bench Madras High Court, the apex court said the former’s method “is manifestly arbitrary and unjustified and cannot be sustained”.

A bench of justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao said, “for these reasons, we set aside the impugned judgment of the High Court of Madras dated July 10, 2018”.

In June this year, the apex court had stayed the order and issued notice on a plea of the CBSE challenging the high court direction.

The court has also directed that from the year 2019-20 onwards the NEET-UG Examination will be conducted by the National Testing Agency or NTA and the bilingual examination will be conducted after the question paper is translated.

NEET 2019 under the supervision of NTA is already underway and the registration for its next edition, which has been scheduled for May next year, is set to close by November 30, 2018.

The court while delivering its judgement noted that the list of students who opted to give the NEET-UG, 2018 Examination in Tamil after the addition of 196 marks is “startling”.

Referring to the list, the bench said that a student who got 260 marks has been awarded a total of 456 marks and a student with 137 marks becomes entitled to 333 marks and the student who got 92 marks becomes entitled to 288 marks.

“Even students who have 21 marks been entitled to 217 marks. It is clear that the High Court lost sight of the primary duty of Court in such matter that is to avoid arbitrary results,” the bench said.

The bench further said that the High Court has made no attempt to see whether the students have in fact attempted answers to the questions, which were claimed to be imperfectly translated and has proceeded to award the full marks for 49 questions to all candidates who had opted to write the examination in Tamil.

Earlier, while staying the Madras High Court’s order, the top court had said that it appears that after the judgment of the Madurai bench, the students who had opted for the Tamil language are in an advantageous position over others.

The matter pertains to a petition filed in Madras High Court where the petitioner alleged that 49 questions in the NEET question paper in Tamil had errors thus confusing students who had opted for Tamil as the medium of the examination. In response, Madras High Court had asked CBSE to award 196 marks, 4 each for the 49 erroneous questions, and release revised merit list.

The public interest litigation was filed by senior CPI-M leader T K Rangarajan sought full marks for the 49 questions, saying key words in the Tamil questions were wrongly translated from English and this caused confusion for the students. “We found both the questions as well their answers wrong,” Shaji Chellam, counsel for petitioner told NDTV, citing an instance where “Cheetah was translated as Seetha in Tamil”.

NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, the national level entrance examination for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses, was conducted by CBSE last year.