Hyderabad: Telangana has been at the forefront of using technology and digital infrastructure to do social good. The State has been deploying various technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and drones in the areas of health, education, women safety, agriculture, mining and governance besides several other key areas, said Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Government of Telangana.
Speaking at a workshop on digital transformation organised by Indian School of Business, Ranjan said, the State government is working with industry- both large size enterprises such as Microsoft and startups to find solutions.
The government has worked out a mechanism to report heat wave to people by roping in telecom companies which sent alerts to their respective customers bringing down the fatality rate from 400 in 2014 back to 180 in 2017.
There was no heat wave this year, so there was no impact.
Telangana has collaborated with Microsoft which had partnered by LV Prasad Eye Institute in the eye care space. With the database that Microsoft had access too, the State has adopted the model ‘MINE’ for eye health checkup for school students. By applying artificial intelligence based applications, children who have propensity of developing an eye condition could be predicted. Several thousands of cases of preventable blindness had been identified.
“After it has been piloted in Telangana, several other States are adopting this model in the healthcare space,” he informed.
The government is using blockchain to streamline land records, help provide subsidies to farmers, bring transparency in the chit funds space, and maintain health and education records.
Ranjan added, “Through blockchain we could purify land records. As fake documents circulate questioning the title of land, blockchain has emerged as a good option. We are using blockchain to identify who is eligible for the subsidy for farmers so that there is no tampering in future. The government is making efforts to bring in trust and transparency in the chit funds sector. We are also tracking the life cycle of automotive in terms of its ownership. We are also applying this technology in health and education records.”
Drones are being piloted in a variety of sectors that include agriculture, mining and ensuring women safety. Several IT companies are working with the government to develop suitable applications to enable this.
“With drone regulations being liberalised by the Centre, Telangana is seeing interesting use cases of drones in combination with internet of things and machine learning. With the help of drones, pest control has become possible in the agriculture. Precision agriculture is the future. On the mining front, drones are being used in volumetric analysis, contingent planning and reducing mining irregularities of the licenses awarded. Drones are also being used to ensure women’s safety,” he said.
Ranjan told Telangana Today, “Hyderabad-based Cyient has helped and mentored a student group which took part in a hackathon, to come out with an application that will send distress signals to a drone, which will act as a first responder, which will locate the victim and blow siren and throw light to scare the offender, before Police or physical help comes.”
On the governance front, Telangana is using Big Data by digitising records/data bases under Citizen 360 initiative. Close to 30 crore records have been integrated with algorithms making search easy enabling law enforcement, providing subsidies and governance.