Article (CMSWire.com) – The IoT is Revolutionizing Your Workplace

Originally published on CMSWire.comhttp://www.cmswire.com/internet-of-things/the-iot-is-revolutionizing-your-workplace/ by Krish Kupathil on 1 April, 2016

digital graphicsWhat if your office could talk to you?

Imagine an office that could help you remember all the things that you needed to do during the day or week, highlighted the important client meetings happening mid-week or even notified you of an important conference call.

Picture an office that could even connect with your alarm so that you wake up earlier than normal and then sync up to your car, which tells you which route to take to avoid the morning traffic to reach your meeting in time.

While this may seem a bit far-fetched today, this is exactly how offices will be in less than five years, all thanks to the Internet of Things. Offices are rapidly evolving to more than just a few connected coffee machines or office desks.

AI-Based Decisioning

Decision making in an enterprise setting is poised to drastically change by 2020. Big data and everything moving to the cloud provides consolidated data points that can be correlated with each other within the cloud to make wise decisions.

Artificial Intelligence will play an important role and will improve each new decision taken. Think of managing traffic automatically based on the volumes of traffic on the road or managing oil and gas flows in pipeline based on an incident in the pipe ahead.

More and more complex systems like metros, trains and air flights will be managed by artificial intelligence. Everyone knows about the amazing ‘J.A.R.V.I.S.’ and the things it can do in the Iron Man series. Imagine if all employees had their own personal J.A.R.V.I.S. that could help them with their work and daily lives.

1 Connected Device

With almost every device connected to each other, workspaces are rapidly moving towards having a single device to manage everything.

For example, future workspaces would see employees using mobile devices to work, video call, connect with their car or even manage machines located at a factory warehouse located miles away.

This device will essentially become your “Personal Assistant” that “knows” which work apps you use daily, so it automatically logs you in as soon as it detects that you are about to go to the office or syncs with your calendar and knows your next meeting and adjusts your car settings accordingly, so that you take the nearest route to reach the meeting on time.

It even integrates with more advanced industrial systems to track if a machine is experiencing any downtime at a remote site, so that you get an alert that prompts you to then immediately direct the ground staff to check and fix the machine.

Augmented Reality

Today, companies offer desks for each employee. Some companies allow employees to work extensively from home.

By 2020, employees will most likely be sitting in the comfort of their homes and being projected into the office through an augmented reality (AR) system. Immersive meeting rooms backed with augmented reality would help employees to have remote conferencing with ‘live’ participants from across geographies ‘sitting’ around a table, projected through an AR system.

Virtual Reality for Training

Imagine instead of making trainees and new employees watch cliched company promotional videos showcasing the global company offices, they are given wearable glasses that will allow them to “visit” all of the offices around the world right from their desk.

Drone-Based Delivery

We are already seeing the first glimpse of drone-powered delivery systems with a network of drones being used for emergency services or providing medical aid to areas that have no or very limited accessibility. Future retailers, e-commerce companies or restaurants could utilize drones to deliver your daily sandwich, monthly groceries or bag of fresh fruits and veggies.

The Internet of Things is the most exciting new concept since smartphones and tablets.

By 2020, the typical workplace will be completely different from what it is now. While it may still “look” pretty much the same, the functionally of the workplace of tomorrow will be an amazing oasis of pervasive and meshed connectivity driven by IoT technology.

Title image “Digital Graphics” (CC BY 2.0) by Steve A Johnson

About the Author

Krish Kupathil
Krish Kupathil is the founder and CEO of Mobiliya, a global products and solutions company with expertise in enterprise mobility, security, IoT, automotive and augmented reality. Kupathil has led the company to build innovative solutions and products across the complete spectrum of secure devices, apps and cloud services, redefining mobility along the way.

Feature (MEF) – MEF Meets the Members @MWC 2016

Originally published on MobileEcosystemForum.com – http://www.mobileecosystemforum.com/2016/03/14/mef-meets-the-members-mwc-2016/, by MEF – on 6 February, 2016

Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we visit as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. This week meet three companies from across our diverse global membership, AVG Technologies, Mobiliya and VUMobile.

MOBILIYA – KRISH KUPATHIL, CEO


AVG TECHNOLOGIES – JASON FINKELSTEIN, CMO


 VUMOBILE – KAYMUN AMIN, FOUNDER & CEO

Stay tuned for more MEFTV interviews from members at MWC in the coming weeks, and be sure to check out more member videos on our MEFTV Youtube Channel.

Press Release (Yahoo Finance): Sharp Middle East Partners With Mobiliya to Offer a Comprehensive End-to-End Solution to Educational Institutions

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Originally published on Yahoo Finance via Marketwiredhttp://finance.yahoo.com/news/sharp-middle-east-partners-mobiliya-210613959.html | 9 March 2016

DUBLIN, IRELAND–(Marketwired – Mar 8, 2016) – At GESS 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Sharp Middle East and U.S.-based Mobiliya. The MOU will enable both companies the means to offer world class solutions to teachers, students and parents in schools and universities.

Educational institutions who install Sharp’s intelligent touch boards or digital display monitors, can benefit from Mobiliya’s Edvelop — a comprehensive digital classroom learning platform, available for educators, learners and parents. Institutes using this premium end-to-end solution will have the ability to offer an enhanced learning experience for their students, and an improved platform for educators and parents to connect.

Mobiliya Edvelop works across multiple platforms and devices, and allows teachers and students to connect and collaborate in digital classrooms, regardless of their location, with pre-packaged and customizable workflows. Mobiliya Edvelop also has a multitude of tools for efficient classroom management, making it the only digital classroom platform that caters to students, parents, teachers, publishers, IT administrators and management in schools and universities.

The MOU was signed by Ravinder Kumar, general manager, business solutions at Sharp Middle East and Shashank Shwet, director of marketing at Mobiliya.

About Sharp Middle East: Sharp Middle East FZE was established in 1998 in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, UAE as a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp Corporation. The office is the regional hub for the Middle East and Africa regions, covering 70+ countries. Sharp’s primary business activities include audio-visual and communication equipment, health and environment equipment, information equipment, and crystalline and thin-film solar cells.

About Mobiliya: Mobiliya crafts solutions for a secure connected ecosystem for consumer & enterprise. From connected device software to IoT and enterprise solutions, Mobiliya delivers technologies across the complete spectrum of specialized devices, apps and cloud services. Our integrated, software-rich products powered by the Mobiliya IP have consistently delivered enhanced connected experiences across homes and enterprise. For more information, visitwww.mobiliya.com.

Article (eLearningIndustry): Taking Your School Online? The Top 3 Things That Chief Information Officers Should Consider

Taking Your School Online? The Top 3 Things That Chief Information Officers Should Consider

3 Top Things Chief Information Officers Should Consider When Taking Their School Online 

And, well, taking your school online IS truly one of the greatest challenges that schools face the world over: From shoring the school campus with wireless networks, to choosing the most robust Learning Management System, and from stacking up device applications to delivering educational content – this is one heck of a job. While creating a digital infrastructure for a school or K12 network, it is critical to ensure that technology does not cause major disruptions, but truly enhances the learning experience. Here are 3 things you should consider when taking your school online:

  1. Customize learning for each level.
    Going for a blanket strategy while adopting a digital platform across all levels of schooling is perhaps the biggest mistake that CIOs or school principals can make. Students have changing needs as they graduate from elementary to middle and high school, and it is imperative that their learning needs are met accordingly. Thus, customization is key and schools must be smart enough to use the right technologies in the most effective manner. For example, for elementary level kids, schools can go heavy on the gamification of content. This is when kids are at their most curious and eager age. Engaging them with fun word games, crosswords and math puzzles, along with gamified content, can be the way to go. For middle school kids, schools can opt for more sophisticated learning technologies like virtual reality. Incorporating virtual reality apps in their Learning Management System would enable kids to not just learn about different continents and countries, but actually “experience” them. This is the perfect stimulus for kids who are in the process of learning basic concepts, theories and foundational skills. And finally, for higher education, the focus must certainly be on self-paced and collaborative learning. This is when students need maximum flexibility, and providing them with tools like digital classrooms, the ability to take notes and share in real-time, conference and connect with teachers and fellow students from anywhere anytime, become vital components.
  2. Choose the right edTech platform/solution.
    Once the student needs are identified, selecting the right edTech solution is key. Everyone knows the pain of dealing with complex architectures, millions of links and screens, and of course months of training sessions. Your best bet is to move from legacy systems to the cloud to ensure deployments are faster and simpler. Also, choose an edTech platform that not only allows you to customize the learning experience for different levels but also unifies everyday tools to deliver an integrated experience. The last thing schools want is to log in and out of multiple systems for simple tasks. Every user –student or teacher– must have just one username for logging into all learning modules and tools. With just one login, students must be able to access all content, eBooks, tests, assignments, and live lectures, while teachers must be able to assign tasks, create customized courses and grade student assignments, all in one go. Also, edTech platforms must be complemented with powerful analytics and performance tracking systems that track user behavior, learning patterns, student attendance, and help manage other student data.
  3. Devices over smart classrooms.
    This is one of the most raging ongoing debates among the educational fraternity. Most K12 schools still prefer to equip their classes with special computer programs and software, compliant local area networks, and of course the smartboards that truly contribute to collaborative learning. However, smart classrooms made most sense in the pre-mobile era. With the world moving essentially to a mobile-only place, smart classrooms are rapidly becoming outdated. Especially the extraordinary proliferation of devices does make the ground stronger for device-focused or 1:1 digital education. A simple cost-benefit analysis also shows that smart classrooms require huge investments (about $4,000 per classroom) as compared to the much cheaper tablets. Also, since students can get to keep their devices, there is a great sense of ownership. While 1:1 education too has had its fair share of failures and backlash, schools can also explore BYOD or device sharing models. Sharing devices among small student groups not only makes digital education cheaper for schools, but also unleashes the essence of collaborative learning, which is rapidly taking center stage. Smart classrooms –despite all the technology– do not break the traditional mold of teacher-led learning.

With these basic features taken care of, schools, colleges, and universities can move forward with their digital programs with greater confidence and less chances of messing things up when taking their school online.

Article (eLearning Industry): Collaborative Learning: Why Transforming Classrooms Into Collaboration Rooms Can Make A Big Difference

Originally published on eLearning Industry – http://elearningindustry.com/mobiliya-collaborative-learning-transforming-classrooms-into-collaboration-rooms-can-make-big-difference by Krish Kupathil, CEO – Mobiliya Technologies, on 6 February, 2016

To make learning truly futuristic in India and prepare a future ready workforce, we need to give students a collaborative learning environment.

Collaborative Learning: Why Transforming Classrooms Into Collaboration Rooms Can Make A Big Difference

With 315 million students, India has the largest student body in the world. In perspective, all Indian students combined would form the fourth largest nation in the world. Riding on these stupendous figures, the Indian education sector is also witnessing a boom of sorts. The education sector is currently valued at a whopping $70 billion, of which K12 forms the biggest segment valued at $40 billion. In the last 8-10 years, education in India has been undergoing the most radical transformation, thanks to some key factors such as the advent of digital technologies, rise of investments from the government, as well as private investor communities and innovative learning experiments carried out by start-ups, NGOs, researchers, and experts.

However, with so much happening on the educational landscape, it is surprising that almost everyone is missing out on something very basic, something very simple, but with a far-reaching impact: Our classrooms. Even as schools and colleges scramble to tap on to the most modern learning techniques and technologies, our classroom structure remains archaic. Rows of desks aligned in a single file facing the blackboard, led by the teacher. An arrangement that only allows for student-teacher communication, with little or no room for collaborative learning.

3 Benefits Of Collaborative Learning

Educators and school administrators have traditionally believed in keeping student interactions minimal ensuring that there is little chaos and teachers are able to control the class easily. This argument holds true in scenarios when the education model has teachers read to the class from a single textbook and assign the same task to every student. Digital education is turning this on its head. Textbooks have now been replaced by devices and content is customized for each student. From a model that promoted a blanket approach to education, to a device-driven personalized learning norm, this transformation is fundamental. And this calls us to move away from the old theatre-style seating to a more cohesive cluster-style seating. Dividing each class into multiple smaller groups benefits everyone involved – students, teachers, and schools:

  1. Students can learn more from their peers and develop the habit of working in teams.
    This is a crucial factor in students’ professional course for the future. Also, big computer screens in each group promote reading adult-level text.
  2. Teachers can assign different tasks to each group, depending upon their abilities.
    They can also deliver customized content for each group to ensure personalized learning.
  3. Shared devices can lower the cost considerably and accelerate the process of getting the school online.
    1:1 computing is still a distant reality for a country like India, where schools have low purchasing power and can struggle to provide a device to each child.

Pioneering education researcher Sugata Mitra’s concept of setting up SOLEs (Self Organized Learning Environments) drives home the idea of encouraging and embracing child-driven learning. Classrooms need to turn into spaces that encourage self-organized learning and learning from and teaching each other, which is the most valuable way to learn.

A simple change to the classroom can make a big difference to the way children think about schools. If classrooms allowed students to learn the way they want from their own friends, they would be much more excited about schools and learning.

For more information about collaborative learning and communication for the fast growing BYOD model in enterprises and enterprise device management, visit Mobiliya Edvelop.

Feature (YourStory.com): [Techie Tuesdays] Your favourite Indian techies of 2015, voted by you

Originally published on YourStory.com – http://yourstory.com/2015/12/favourite-indian-techie-tuesdays-2015/ by Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi on 29 December, 2015

Last week, we asked you to vote for your favourite techies. The voting process is over and the response has been amazing. We had profiled techies from various fields and demographics who went on to achieve different things in life. It was very difficult for us to choose one techie from the list of over 40 we had profiled this year. But, based on the votes received, we bring you the top three techies who were close to the hearts of our readers and also three stories handpicked by our editors.

Ankush Tiwari, SVP Engineering and MD, Mobiliya
Ankush Tiwari, SVP Engineering and MD, Mobiliya

Ankush Tiwari: Ankush Tiwari comes from an army background, which helped him survive the corporate rut. Ankush started his career working on a web browser for MOTO RAZR and then moved on to Linux and CDMA technologies at Motorola. He later worked on LiMo, the first open-source operating system for mobiles. Android came into the picture later and LiMo became Tizen. Ankush co-founded Mobiliya. Click here to read more about Ankush Tiwari.

Article (YourStory.com) – Teachers, tablets and technology: what India’s education truly needs

Originally published on YourStory.com – http://yourstory.com/2015/11/india-education-needs/ by Krish Kupathil on 11 November 2015

A startling revelation by the Unified District Information System for Education once again showed the shambles in which the Indian education is. Maharashtra, as an example, has a whopping one lakh teachers with the highest qualification of just Class X. If this is the condition in what is regarded by some as the most developed State in the country, one shudders to think how it is in the less developed and remote areas of the country.

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A super-power aspiring India is staring at a future generation of employment-unfit workers lacking in basic communication, arithmetic and cognitive skills. India lacks quality teachers and Narendra Modi’s Digital India programme, which currently is more inclined to disbursing tablets and technology in public schools, will fail if it ignores the most critical cog in the wheel – teachers. A campaign which has been hailed as one of the pillars of governance has failed to create a roadmap, not just for connecting students with the best teachers, but also to provide an environment to create better teachers.

There is almost no debate now that digital education is the norm for the future. However, we also know that tablets cannot replace teachers, but only complement them. What we need today is digital technologies tailored around teachers to enhance pedagogies and ensure uniform quality of teaching across the country. So the key lies in using digital platforms and solutions to deliver secure and quality content and, more importantly, provide access to quality teachers. Online learning platforms have, till date, failed to make an impact on India’s educational conditions, primarily because they are mostly just digitised textbooks and course content. What we need today is all-inclusive edtech platforms that can connect all the dots – deliver good quality content in a secure environment, channelise communication and collaboration between students and teachers and more importantly provide tools for teachers to improve teaching methods.

Edtech platforms like Mobiliya Edvelop are pioneering a new form of value-based digital education that goes beyond making course content available online. In a recent pilot programme, Mobiliya Edvelop helped the Chinese government to drive rural education initiatives by connecting poor and remote rural schools in western China to urban learning centres. These rural schools lacked in basic educational resources and quality teachers. Using the Mobiliya Edvelop platform, teachers from the urban schools delivered lectures, tests and assignments to two classes simultaneously – one to the city school and the other to the remote rural school. Audio and video sessions were recorded in the city school using camera and wireless headsets and transmitted to the rural class in real time. In the rural schools, the lectures were delivered over a projector and speakers. Students could participate and ask questions to the teacher over a wireless mic. This proved to be simple yet powerful way to bridge educational gaps using easy-to-use digital technologies.

Lack of quality teachers is not a problem restricted to rural India. Even city schools and colleges have failed to provide quality teachers who can personalise learning, a scenario that has led to the rise of numerous coaching classes and private tuitions. To counter this, we need digital platforms that allow school and college teachers to conduct micro-tuitions for every student. Teachers need tools that help them create personalised assignments and tests or customise the curriculum to get the best out of every student. This would not only make learning more engaging for every student, but also help teachers do a better job consistently.

Also, using digital technologies would mean that teachers would need to develop key skills themselves, like acquiring technical expertise, ability to create quality course materials and develop skills to make learning more engaging. Education boards can push specific teacher training programmes through online platforms that teachers can take up from anywhere, any time, thus enhancing quality of teachers across regions and centres.

The solution is clear. The government needs to adopt a three-pronged approach of connecting teachers, tablets and technology to shape a future-ready generation. The question remains: will the government deliver?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Krish Kupathil, CEO, Mobiliya, brings to the table a vast experience of more than 25 years spanning technology, strategy and business. Within a very short span, he has led Mobiliya to become a pioneer in the enterprise mobility and disruptive mobile technology space