FICCI HEAL 2017 to Unveil Patients’ Expectations

The two-day conference to showcase exclusively curated sessions that will catalyse Indian healthcare

New Delhi, August 14, 2017: Amidst rising debates on cost, access and quality of healthcare services in the country, FICCI, the largest & oldest apex business organization in India announced the 11th edition of its annual healthcare conference- FICCI HEAL dedicated to bring the perspective of the core stakeholder of health – the patient, to the forefront. The two-day conference scheduled on August 17-18, 2017, will attract the biggest names in healthcare, offering key networking and partnering opportunities and also provide insights on major trends affecting the healthcare industry.

The conference will bring together over 350 national and international stakeholders of the health sector, including healthcare providers, government officials, policy makers, representatives of different embassies, medical technology and pharmaceutical companies, healthcare education providers, health insurance companies, financial institutions etc.

Speaking on this announcement of 11th edition of FICCI HEAL, Mr. Rahul Khosla, Chair-FICCI Health Services Committee; President, Max Group & Chairman, Max Healthcare said, “With a population reaching 1.3 billion, providing affordable and quality healthcare to all its citizens is not an easy task for any country. India is home to 21% of the global disease burden. With increasing incidence of lifestyle and infectious diseases and lack of primary health care infrastructure, we have a long way to go. However, rapid technological advancements, increased public and private investments and seamless collaboration between the government and the industry can help us create a patient-centric affordable healthcare ecosystem. As the largest healthcare leadership conference in the industry, FICCI HEAL will strive to address some of these issues this year.”

FICCI HEAL 2017 will convene high-impact sessions on the best practices, quality assurance mechanisms and policies for achieving global standards of healthcare across the country. The deliberations will help in paving the way for transformation required in the Indian healthcare ecosystem and facilitate the stakeholders in adapting to the growing trend of patient centricity. The conference sessions will examine matters concerning the patient who will be the pivotal point of deliberations on Government Policies, including the National Health Policy 2017, role of media in bridging the trust deficit in healthcare, transparency in pricing in healthcare, building an ethical healthcare system, financing innovations to promote investments in healthcare, reaching beyond the traditional mindsets of delivering care through integrated healthcare models and empowering patients with technology driven care.

Dr Narottam Puri, Advisor, FICCI Health Services; Board Member & Former Chairman, NABH said, “While the industry members and policy makers often come together and engage with each other to voice their concerns, the patients remain largely unheard. Therefore, as change agents, we decided to address the conference from the patients’ perspective this year. We are looking forward to this edition with great enthusiasm and hope to pave a path for a patient–centric healthcare ecosystem.”

Another unique addition to FICCI HEAL 2017 is the exclusive session on MiTalks “Health and Humanity”. A curated session that will feature the best creative minds and past TED fellows and speakers who through their fascinating ideas on health and technology will inspire the FICCI HEAL attendees.

To enhance the patient focus, FICCI has also collaborated with KANTAR IMRB for a nationwide survey of 5000 healthcare consumers to evaluate their experiences and expectations from their healthcare providers. A knowledge paper capturing the findings of this survey will be released in FICCI HEAL 2017.

Ms Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI said “India is already witnessing the emergence of an informed, engaged and empowered healthcare consumer. Today, the industry is faced with greater challenges than we have seen in years. Through the exclusive new formats at the 11th edition of FICCI HEAL, the conference promises to catalyse the Indian healthcare ecosystem in becoming more patient-centric.”

FICCI will also host the 9th edition of its annual Healthcare Excellence Awards supported by Quality Council of India to celebrate the excellence in healthcare delivery and innovation, on the evening of August 17, 2017.

Harit Jal Vaayu : Addressing Advancements in Green Engineering

Mumbai, August 4, 2017: The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) is an association of 12000 members of HVAC&R engineers across India with presence in 41 cities. It also has 10,000 student members. The main goal of ISHRAE is disseminating the knowledge of HVAC & R through trainings and courses.

The Mumbai Chapter of ISHRAE in association with Mumbai chapter of Indian Plumbing Association and Mumbai chapter of IGBC organized a stimulating seminar on Advancements in Green Engineering on August 4, 2017 at The Leela, Andheri (East), Mumbai, which brought together nationally renowned industry players, consultants and industry experts on a single platform from the Indian Construction and Infrastructure Industries.

Key dignitaries present for the inaugural were Mr. V.Suresh, President, Good Governance India Foundation, and Chairman, IGBC Policy and Advocacy, Mr. Ajaj Kazi, President ISHRAE Mumbai Chapter, HH Mr. Gauranga Das, Life Coach, & Mentor – ISKCON, Mr. Vishal Kapur, National President, ISHRAE, Mr. Ashish Rakheja, Regional Managing Director, AEON Consultants & Presidential member ISHRAE, Mr. Jagdeep Singh, Managing Director, Rosemex Ecotech Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, Mr. Deepak Gadhia, Social Entrepreneur, Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd., , Mr. Gurmit Singh, National President, IPA, Co – Chairman, IGBC Mumbai Chapter & Executive Board Member, IGBC, Mr. Sharat Rao, Chairman, Indian Plumbing Association among other industry players.

Harit Jal Vaayu brought together over 350 delegates and business experts from the Construction, Infrastructure, Cement, Architecture, Realty and Electronic industries to congregate, interact, network, discuss the latest innovations, source business solutions and gather invaluable expert support, under one roof.

The conference also provided a platform for addressing contemporary topics like Breaking new Barriers in Green Engineering, Net Zero Building – giving back to the environment with Carbon-neutral structures, Smart and efficient buildings powered by Hybrid Geothermal Technologies and Sustainable Community living in a ‘Green Ashram’.

Mr. Vishal Kapur, National President, ISHRAE said, “30% (400 million) of the Indian population lives in urban areas and this figure is increasing every year and could well touch 50% ( 900 million ) by 2050. Thus, the requirement for building stock will increase multiple times and we need to ensure that the growth is responsible and sustainable. Affordable & efficient thermal comfort, water conservation and green buildings are the way forward. A conference like Harit- Jal – Vayu is a good platform to build awareness and bring forward the solutions and technologies of the future. We are expecting an exceptional turnout of participants and eminent speakers handpicked from various industries to address new developments in the infrastructure industry.”

Gurmit Singh, National President, IPA and Co-Chairman and Board Member CII – IGBC said, “We at IPA and IGBC are delighted to be part of the Harit Jal Vaayu seminar. Convergence of building services is very important for the proper functioning of a building.”

Sharat Rao , Chairman IPA Mumbai Chapter said, “Indian Plumbing Association ( IPA) is honored to be a part of this wonderful event “Harit, Jal,Vayu. We collectively believe that plumbing has an immense role to play in shaping the Environment awareness especially on the conservation front.”

Ajaj Kazi, President – ISHRAE Mumbai Chapter said, “ISHRAE is honored and delighted to be part of the Great Initiative of “Hari Jal Vayu” Seminar. This is a great gathering of building systems and services for smooth operation and sustainability of buildings.”
This seminar also included a talk on a never-before spoken topic: how Spirituality and Sustainability go hand in hand, by HH Gauranga Das, Life Coach and Mentor – ISCKON.

LibreOffice 5.3.5 available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.3.5, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at enterprises and individual users in production environments.

TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organisations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at:

LibreOffice 5.3.5 includes a number of bug fixes along with improvements to the help content. Technical details about the release can be found in the change logs here: (fixed in RC1) and (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.3.5 is immediately available for download from the following link:

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organise events such as the LibreOffice Conference, with the next one taking place in October in Rome (

Several companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board ( provide either value-added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice 5.4 released with new features for Writer, Calc and Impress

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4, the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family, immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. LibreOffice 5.4 adds significant new features in every module, including the usual large number of incremental improvements to Microsoft Office file compatibility.

Shorter, sweeter documents make interoperability easier

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, LibreOffice developers have focused on file simplicity as the ultimate document interoperability sophistication. This makes ODF and OOXML files written by the free office suite more robust and easier to exchange with other users than the same documents generated by other office suites.

Thanks to the efforts of developers, the XML description of a new document written by LibreOffice is 50% smaller in the case of ODF (ODT), and around 90% smaller in the case of OOXML (DOCX), in comparison with the same document generated by the leading proprietary office suite. Additional details in the file simplicity backgrounder:

LibreOffice 5.4 highlights

A new standard colour palette has been included, based on the RYB colour model.
File format compatibility has been improved, with better support for EMF vector images. This helps when you’re importing detailed diagrams from other office software.
Imported PDF files are rendered with much better quality, also when inserted into a document, while exported PDF files – from Writer and Impress – support embedded videos (and linked videos if opened with Acrobat Reader).
LibreOffice 5.4 supports OpenPGP keys for signing ODF documents on Linux. If you already use GPG/PGP for signing emails, it ensures the authenticity of your ODF documents regardless of the mode of transport or storage.


In Writer, you can now import AutoText from Microsoft Word DOTM templates.
When you’re exporting or pasting numbered and bulleted lists as plain text, their full structure is preserved.
In the Format menu, you can now create custom watermarks for your documents.
New context menu items have been added for working with sections, footnotes, endnotes and styles.


Calc now includes support for pivot charts, which use data from pivot tables. When the table is updated, the chart is automatically updated as well.
Comments are now easier to manage, with menu commands to show, hide and delete all comments.
When applying conditional formatting to cells, you can now easily change the priority of rules with up and down buttons.
Extra sheet protection options have been added, to optionally allow insertion or deletion of rows and columns.
Lastly, when you’re exporting in CSV format, your settings are remembered for the next export operation.


In Impress, when you’re duplicating an object, you can now specify fractional angles. In addition, your settings are saved for the next duplication operation.


Finally, LibreOffice Online has been improved as well. Performance is better, while the layout adapts responsively to mobile devices. In addition, a read-only mode has been added.
A list of the most significant new features is presented in a short video ( A page with a description of new features – and links to relevant resources – is available on the wiki at

LibreOffice 5.4 has also been improved “under the hood,” thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers. This translates into an open source office suite which is easier to develop, maintain and debug. Although this is not visible to users, it is extremely important for enterprise deployments.

LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service and should be installed and configured by adding a cloud storage and an SSL certificate. It might be considered an enabling technology for the cloud of ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations. Builds of the latest LibreOffice Online source code are available as Docker images: Background document providing the positioning of LibreOffice Online:

Enterprise deployments

LibreOffice 5.4 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. For enterprise class deployments, TDF maintains the more mature 5.3 family – to be updated very soon with the announcement of the 5.3.5 release – which should always be supported by certified professionals (

Several companies sitting in TDF Advisory Board ( are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation. LibreOffice is deployed by large organizations in every continent. A list of the most significant migrations announced in the media is available on TDF wiki:

Availability of LibreOffice 5.4

LibreOffice 5.4 is immediately available from the following link: LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at

LibreOffice 5.4 is built with document conversion libraries from the Document Liberation Project:

Infosys Wins Three Catalyst Awards at TM Forum Live

Awards for innovative prototype products & services for communication service providers

Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services, today announced it participated in six of the 32 Catalysts at TM Forum Live – winning three of the seven Catalyst Awards at the annual flagship communications industry event, held in Nice, France. The Awards recognized Infosys’ open innovation to co-create commercially viable prototypes of new digital services and business models.

The three winning Catalysts:

A platform for IoT and Anything as a Service: This Catalyst focused on how operators can attract ecosystem partners to co-create new digital services beyond connectivity through the platform business model. Infosys worked with Vodafone and was recognized for its outstanding performance. The focus was on delivering agility, experience and efficiency to communication service providers and exposing TM Forum Open APIs to third party developers to create new revenue streams enabled by network slicing, edge computing and a service marketplace.

“This Catalyst has brought several leading industry players together to show how platform business models together with orchestration and closed-loop assurance can deliver innovative new services and new revenue streams to our industry,” said Dr. Lester Thomas, Chief Systems Architect, Vodafone Group. “Infosys played an invaluable role in the overall architecture, and in particular, defining the Open APIs and contributing enhancements to the Open API programme.”

Joint Agile Delivery – Phase II: In this Catalyst, Infosys was recognized for ‘Outstanding Use’ of TM Forum Assets and worked with AT&T, Orange, Telecom Italia. This Catalyst has been recognized for continuing efforts towards contributing APIs and processes to TM Forum and has a vision for a ‘standardized and platform-based’ approach to developing and delivering world-class software that capitalizes on cross-organizational synergies to dramatically improve time to market, quality and cost.

“Seamless Joint Agile Delivery across complex partner ecosystem is going to be key for rapid service innovation, delivery and operations. Infosys, along with other major industry partners, collaborated on this catalyst to provide a standardized and platform based approach for service validation and service assurance for Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and associated Network Services from different suppliers,” said Michel Valette, Tests and Diagnostics Domain Manager, Orange & Stream Leader, Operations Centre of the Future, TM Forum. “Infosys leveraged their rich capabilities on machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide closed loop adaptive service assurance for dynamic network services coming from different partners.”

Logical Factory: Virtualizing Manufacturing for Agility: This Catalyst, developed with BT, Telecom Italia and TWI, built on a prior award-winning Catalyst – the Smart Industrial Manufacturing: Robots as a Service, which demonstrated the use of TMF’s Open-APIs in the Industrial Internet-of-Things domain to order and configure Robots-as-a-Service. In this enhanced version, the scope was expanded to the entire manufacturing and maintenance process lifecycle. TM Forum recognized this Catalyst project in the category for ‘Outstanding Ecosystem Design’ using CurateFx – TM Forum’s digital ecosystem design and management SaaS solution.

“We thank Infosys for being a key participant in our recent ‘Logical Factory – Virtualizing Manufacturing for Agility’ catalyst project which was demonstrated at the TM Forum Live! 2017. Infosys’ contribution in this project enabled us to evolve in our approach to utilize innovative thinking around Industry 4.0, IoT, and connectivity to overcome current challenges in various manufacturing industries. Infosys’ commendable effort and focus in developing the concept played a key part in the team winning the ‘Outstanding Ecosystem Design Using CurateFx’,” said Darren Williams, Welding Systems Lead, TWI.
TMF Catalysts are quick, member-driven, proof-of-concept projects which leverage TM Forum’s best practices and standards, connect service providers, technology suppliers, and global enterprises to create innovative solutions that address industry challenges. More than 100 member companies participated in the 2017 Catalyst projects which spanned across Open APIs, SDN & NFV, digital health, data monetization, customer experience management, smart cities, the Internet of Everything among others.

Nik Willets, Chief Executive Officer, TM Forum said, “Infosys has made significant investments to enhance its knowledge base in new and emerging technologies. Winning three awards for Catalyst projects proves that Infosys is a knowledge partner capable of defining next-generation products and services for communication service providers. The company is also an early adopter of TM Forum’s Open API initiative.”

Mr. Rajesh Krishnamurthy, President and Head of Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications and Services, Infosys said, “We are focusing on developing new technologies and opening new revenue streams for CSPs. We embarked on this journey by being the first systems integrator to sign up for TM Forum’s Open API initiative. Our technology focus and collaboration with like-minded partners is accelerating innovation and delivering results. The three awards for catalyst projects at TM Forum Live! demonstrate our commitment to delivering innovative products and services to our clients.”

NTT Communications Expands Presence in India to Meet Growing Digital Demand

Company launches international data network services and plans to invest more than 160 million USD for data center expansion in India.

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO: 9432), today announced the launch of international data network services in India through its affiliate NTT Communications India Network Services (NTTCINS). The acquisition of this licence in India follows the initiation of construction of the Company’s two new data centers in Mumbai and Bangalore, through Netmagic, a subsidiary of NTT Com and one of the leading managed hosting and cloud service providers in India.

This reinforces the Company’s commitment to enable customers with high-quality infrastructure services as well as the management and security services to meet their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) outsourcing needs.

NTT Com acquired Virtual Network Operator – International Long Distance (VNO-ILD) network licence in March this year. NTT Com has been providing Arcstar Universal One services as its international network services, by partnering with local carriers. The Company implements its own value-added services such as Network Virtualization Functions (NVF), while utilizing the infrastructure of its partner carriers in India.

NTT Com is the first Japanese ICT provider of VNO-ILD network licence in India.

On top of this move, NTT Com has decided to invest more than 160 million USD on the two data centers, which will become operational by April 2018. These data centers will add nearly 500,000 square feet of gross floor space at full build. This brings NTT Com’s total gross footprint to 1,100,000 square feet in India.

“India has been a key strategic market for us with the accelerating shift of IT services from traditional enterprise data centres into the cloud-based services,”said NTT Com President and CEO Tetsuya Shoji. “For the past few years, our business in India has consistently grown over 35 percent annually. With further expansion of data center foot print and addition of international data network services to our service portfolio, we aim to meet the growing market needs for Mobility, e-Commerce, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud and Big Data.”

“There is a continuous demand for a resilient and scalable IT Infrastructure backbone in this digital era. And, our Company has a rich history of evolving itself ahead of the curve to meet the dynamic requirements of our clients’ businesses,” said Sharad Sanghi MD & CEO of Netmagic (An NTT Communications Company). “Our strategy is to accommodate this demand and ensure that our network service offering and data centres enable our ICT clients with rich IT infrastructure for maximum connectivity and enhanced productivity. With this two new data centers, Netmagic becomes one of the largest data center service providers in India.”

Built to the exacting global design standards of NTT Com, the new data centers in Mumbai and Bangalore will be accommodating 2,750 racks / 22MW power and 1,500 racks / 15 MW power respectively. With NTT Com’s high-speed, high-volume Internet backbone and network services, customers can accelerate their business development to meet the increasing demand of Cloud services.
Netmagic provides Colocation service with a global network of data centers operated by NTT Com under the Nexcenter™ brand, as well as Managed Hosting, Cloud, Network, Managed Security, Disaster Recovery and Software-Defined Storage services to more than 2,000 customers globally, across banking and financial services, insurance, e-commerce, healthcare, manufacturing, media & entertainment, IT & ITeS, logistics, hospitality, and education. The Company was the first in India to launch services – Cloud Computing, Managed Security, Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) and Software-Defined Storage.

LANXESS at the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry

Safe dosing equipment and effective cold sterilization technology “made in Germany” for filling soft drinks and wine
Exhibiting at two stands for the first time at drinktec in Munich
Velcorin also being introduced simultaneously at the international wine technology fair SIMEI@drinktec

LANXESS’s Material Protection Products (MPP) business unit will be exhibiting at two stands for the first time at drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, being held in Munich from September 11 to 15, 2017. The company will showcase its effective cold sterilization technology for soft drinks in Hall B1, Stand 502. At the SIMEI@drinktec wine technology trade fair, taking place simultaneously during drinktec, LANXESS will be in Hall C3, Stand 225, to present Velcorin as an oenological method for stabilizing wine.

“Velcorin can be used in many beverage categories, from carbonated soft drinks, iced tea and juice-based drinks, to sport and energy drinks, mixed beer drinks, cider and wine,” says Ingo Broda, head of the Beverage Technology business line in MPP. “We therefore are optimistic that we will continue to participate in the global growth of the beverage market.”

A growing global population and changed consumer behavior in emerging economies are among the reasons behind rising volume sales in the beverage industry. According to the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), experts at the British Euromonitor International market research institute predict that the volume of global trade in the soft drink segment will grow by 18 percent by 2020. An increase as high as 29 percent is even expected in Asia, the largest regional market. Global sales by volume for 2020 are estimated at 790 billion liters.

Wine consumption rising worldwide – Velcorin growing with it

Global volume trade in wine increased by five percent to just under 28 billion liters between 2009 and 2014. According to Euromonitor, global sales of wine will rise by another nine percent by 2019, with growth primarily being observed in regions currently displaying low per capita consumption. For example, sales will rise by 21 percent by 2019 above all in the Asian region, which already is the second-largest. More available income and changed consumer behavior are spurring the popularity of wine there.

“We want to grow with the market in this beverage category, too, particularly in the trend segments of sweet and non-alcoholic wines and wine mixed drinks. With our premium products and global services, we have the ideal prerequisites for reaching this goal,” remarks Broda. “With Velcorin we not only offer an effective solution for the cold sterilization of beverages, but also an all-around service inclusive of our dosing equipment. The package includes system maintenance as well,” adds Broda. LANXESS further offers laboratory testing, practical trials, plant inspections, and advice for the registration process. Detailed information can be found on the internet at

Safe filling

Microorganisms, such as yeasts, molds and bacteria, are present throughout the beverage filling process – in the air, in the production equipment, in the closures and even in the beverages themselves. Microorganisms not only impair the sensory properties of beverages, they can also pose a health risk for consumers. Even at low concentrations, Velcorin is highly effective against typical harmful microorganisms and protects a product from spoiling.

As one of the top technologies for beverage stabilization, cold sterilization with Velcorin is already successfully established worldwide. The product is added immediately prior to the beverage filling step. The LANXESS product penetrates the cells of microorganisms, deactivating their key enzymes. Following its addition to a beverage, Velcorin quickly breaks down into minimum amounts of methanol and carbon dioxide, natural components found in many drinks, such as fruit and vegetable juices and wine. The stabilizing agent influences neither the taste, bouquet or color of a beverage. “These important product advantages have impressed oenologists the world over, who must achieve high standards in wine production year for year,” adds Broda.

Precision addition to a beverage is ensured by the Velcorin DT Touch dosing systems. These premium quality dosing machines, manufactured in Germany, fulfill the high purity requirements of the beverage industry. “They are easy and safe to handle. At drinktec, we will be showcasing our systems at both LANXESS stands,” announces Broda. The state-of-the-art dosing units can be easily integrated into new or existing beverage production lines and only require a small initial outlay.

“World Economic Summit” of the beverage industry

Held regularly since 1951, drinktec is considered the “World Economic Summit” of the industry. Manufacturers present the latest technologies for manufacturing, filling and packaging beverages of all kinds, including raw materials and logistics solutions. Suppliers from all over the world meet here with producers and service providers of all sizes in the beverage and liquid food segments. Some 1,600 exhibitors and 70,000 visitors are expected this year.

The drinktec fair will be integrating the SIMEI@drinktec event for the first time in 2017, increasing the area of occupied exhibition space to over 150,000 square meters. SIMEI (“Salone Internationale Macchine per Enologia e Imbottigliamento”) is an international exhibition for wine-making and filling, and is viewed as the world’s leading trade fair for wine technology. In the future, it will be held every four years in Munich in conjunction with drinktec. SIMEI will continue to be a biennial event and from now on will alternate between Munich and Italy, where it was held for the first time in 1963 in Milan.

UBM India’s Security and Fire Expo 2017 echoes industry’s potential in South India

Witnessed over 15% footfalls than last year

Chennai, 11th July, 2017: ‘Security and Fire Expo (SAFE) – South India’ 2017, the three day trade show by UBM India, that also organises of the signature IFSEC India expo, successfully concluded its third edition last week at the Chennai Trade Centre. Chief Guest, Mr. Abhay Kumar Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Chennai, Tamil Nadu; and Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India, inaugurated the show amidst an august industry gathering. The show was supported by the Electronic Security Association of India (ESAI) and Asian Professional Security Association (APSA).

The show held between 29 June – 1st July 2017 this year, is the largest security and fire safety event in the region, bringing together Indian and global suppliers and manufacturers of renowned surveillance, entrance and home automation industry brands along with consultants, business experts and key government officials to congregate, interact, network, see the latest innovations from world’s leading companies, source business solutions and gather invaluable expert support, all under one roof.

SAFE – South India 2017 offered market-entry and business opportunities to industry professionals in the region who view security as a well-planned, prioritized and strategic investment, rather than a knee jerk reaction. In its third year, SAFE India grew in size and depth, attracting industry leaders and key exhibitors including its Premier Plus Partners — eSSL, Hikvision, Mark Electronics GPS, Unicam Systems and TVT; its Premier Partners — In4 Solutions & Zkteco, Road Point India, Starex & Orbit. Other key participants at the expo included Vamosys, Hash Control, Swipe Technologies, Spectra, Main Hardware, Vitaran, Matrix Comsec, Micro & Super Micro, Biomax and Realtime. Over 70 renowned Indian and international security brands were showcased with close to 15 new brands & profitable business modules being introduced in the emerging market. The expo created an optimal environment for establishing professional relationships with industry influencers. Security and Safety managers from Hospitality, IT/BPO & Service Industry, Real Estate, Port Authorities, Power Plants, Logistics, Construction, Architecture, Automobile, Manufacturing, Retail, Jewellery, Health, Education, IT, Networking, Telecoms, Automation and BFSI were also present.

The SAFE South India expo came to security professionals at a time when the government showed its commitment to enhance its security budget by as much as 35 per cent, which included creating a dedicated homeland security department, developing co-ordinated intelligence gathering, protecting critical infrastructure and upgrading maritime security.

Speaking on the successful completion of ‘Security and Fire Expo (SAFE) – South India’ 2017, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “Today, security and surveillance requires rapid growth amidst the constantly changing/upgrading technology and increasing industrial and residential establishments. There is an ever-growing threat to the economy, financial sector, key government departments and infrastructure set-ups, which in turn leaves internal security at risk. Implementing and highlighting the significance of this sector has become essential which in turn gives vast opportunity to manufacturers, suppliers and service providers from across the world to showcase their product and solution offerings. In just its 3rd edition, SAFE South India brought out to the forefront this need and in response by offering a wealth of innovative products and IT solutions to the south market which is an important business hub for commercial and homeland security in India.”

Mr. Lakshman Sundar,PR Consultant, Pharma Hikvision (India) Pvt. Ltd.
“The Indian market is becoming increasingly receptive to integrated security solutions. Mobile based applications, Biometric Solutions, Cloud Storage in CCTV, Multisite Monitoring are on the rise. Bodily wearable surveillance devices had also started slowly. Deep Learning Technology, Machine Vision, UAVs, H.265+ video compression technology which improves the compression ratio , Portable SSD for faster, safer and stronger mobile data storage, Multi-touch Interactive Screen are some of the latest technology developments. We showcased our cutting-edge security solutions like Command Control Center, Mobile &Intelligent Traffic System, Video Door Phone, Energy and Thermal Cameras, Turbo HD 4.0, Smart IP and Easy IP, Ezviz and Intrusion Alarm Systems (Pyronix and Hikvision). Hikvision has been participating since the inception of the exhibition in 2015.”

Ms. Mary Thomas, Matrix Security Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
“The latest technological developments include Deep Learning, Machine Vision, UAVs and H.265+ video compression technology which improves the compression ratio, All- In-One Panovu Series exclusively designed for wide area security monitoring applications, Portable SSD for faster, safer and stronger mobile data storage and Multi-touch Interactive Screen. The Indian market is becoming increasingly receptive to integrated security solutions. Mobile based applications, Video Analytics, Biometric Solutions, Wireless IP Monitoring System, Cloud Storage in CCTV, Multisite Monitoring are on the rise. Bodily wearable surveillance devices have also been introduced to the market. We will be showcasing our cutting-edge security solutions like Command Control Center, Mobile & Intelligent Traffic System, Video Door Phones, Access Control, Energy and Thermal Cameras, Panovu, Turbo HD 4.0, Smart IP and Easy IP, Ezviz and Intrusion Alarm Systems (Pyronix and Hikvision).Well, Hikvision has been participating since the inception of this exhibition in 2015.This will be our third year and we are eagerly looking forward to it.”

Making SAFE, a truly South Indian show UBM India is proud to announce the 4th edition of SAFE South India at HITEX, Hyderabad slated for 28th – 30th June, 2018. This move will provide unique opportunities to SAFE stakeholders to network with industries based out of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. The shift of venue has also been welcomed by large brands and key exhibitors, who acknowledge it as an opportunity to build business, new geographies & environments.

India’s First Integrated IT Service Platform to Wreck Dominance of Handfuls in the Sector

An opportunity for mid-sized talented, high-quality and certified IT suppliers (SMEs) in India to enhance their visibility and reach in the international market

For the first time in the country, Otivr launched an integrated platform to digitise the B2B partner search within the IT sector through its open marketplace. The idea is to bridge the gap between global buyers and quality IT suppliers in India.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr Ricky Dhillon, CEO of Otivr, says, “Today there is no structured way to search for high-quality suppliers of IT consultancy services in India, this not only reduces trust in this segment but also the business opportunities for mid-sized and talented IT suppliers. Otivr addresses this challenge through its open marketplace which helps buyers take informed decisions while gives the suppliers a global reach. With this platform, we aim at safeguarding trust, quality and transparency between the parties in the global IT outsourcing market”.

Experts in the industry see this platform not just as a growth opportunity for the B2B marketplace but also as an excellent approach to harnessing the unleashed potential of SMEs. In future, the set-up may also prove to be a key in impeding or even reversing the brain drain from the country as the talents will get a fair chance and visibility in the international market within a domestic framework.

As per latest Government data, there are only top five IT firms that contribute to over 25 per cent to the total industry revenue in overseas market1. This clearly shows a huge gap and potential for SMEs. Experts are hopeful that such initiative will help in beating the slump in Indian IT industry and breaking the monopoly of IT giants by offering a window of opportunity to mid-sized players by giving them an exposure in the international market.

According to Nasscom, Aranca Research2, with 52 per cent market share, at present India is a leader in the global sourcing IT industry. The Indian IT market is fairly mature and developed by international standards with exports making the bulk of the turnover accounting for about 60-70 percent of the Indian market. However, as stated above, this data is majorly a business reflection of the big shots of the IT industry, the share of medium and small scale industry is still marginal. Considering the immense potential of mid-sized players, their exposure in the international market will ensure a faster and more balanced growth in this sector.

Mr. Vineet Garg, Business Unit Head for ICT & CleanTech at Business Sweden, says “Small and medium sized Indian IT suppliers and their brands don’t get a high level of visibility outside India, through Otivr high-quality suppliers get a chance to white label their own services and broaden their customer base.”

About Otivr: Otivr’s platform enables global companies to find high-quality IT service firms in India at competitive rates by matching the buyer’s requirements with the best-fitted supplier profiles. Otivr has a stringent screening process to identify the best IT consultancy firms in India which save the buyer’s time, money and nuisance in their IT-partner search.


LibreOffice 5.3.4 immediately available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.3.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.4 integrates over 100 patches, with a significant number of fixes for interoperability with Microsoft Office RTF and OOXML documents.

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: (fixed in RC1).

For all other users and enterprise deployments, TDF suggests LibreOffice 5.2.7, with the backing of professional support by certified professionals (updated list available at

Technology enthusiasts and early adopters looking for bleeding edge features can start evaluating the next major release by installing LibreOffice 5.4 RC1, which is available here:

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LibreOffice 5.3.4 is immediately available for download from the following link: Flatpak and Snap versions are also available from the same link.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at

Several companies sitting in TDF Advisory Board ( are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.