Government departments look at startups for solutions

Kozhikode, February 7:Opening up a wide array of opportunities before the startups, Kerala Government has offered to collaborate with them for a range of e-services of various departments, a concept which received instant pat from the Google India chiefpresent at the event.

The proposal was madeon the ‘Demand Day’, the first such initiative  in the country, held as part of the ongoing conclave of the Kerala Strtup Mission at UL Cyber Park,here.

Lauding the concept, MrRajanAnandan, Vice President, Google India, tweeted that he was amazed to see Kerala’s focus on “Building for India".

Nine government departments- Excise,Fire and Rescue, Forest, Housing Board, KTDC, KSITM, Labour, MVDand Social Justice—came up with their demands before the startup community.

Taking up the challenge, 40 startup ventures came forward to crack the challenge posed by these departments.

Under the initiative, authorized government departments and agencies can now directly place work orders with startups under KSUM for developing applications at a costnot exceeding Rs five lakh.

Thestartups that are keen to seize the opportunity should be certified by the KSUM and the departments cannot buy more than two apps from the same venture, the cost of each order not exceeding Rs five lakh.

The apps should have multi- lingual support and should work smoothly in an entry level smartphone with 3G connectivity besides ensuring  safe and secure mechanismfor the data in the app.

Out of the nine departments, Excise came up with the highest number of demands, including an app where the citizenscan register complaints and their monitoring and resolution by the officials. It also wants emergency messagingand GPS facilities to be included in the same app.

The second app should help the consumers to ensure the quality of the product and the third app should help them to spot the nearest  IMFL outlet,  decide the brand and the quantity required, pay the amount and the get e-receipt for the purchase. By showing the receipt at the outlet, they can take their product home.

Fire and Rescue department raised the need for an emergency App for 101 services such as spotting the user on GIS to rush the team to the site of the incident and track the rescue team by guiding the location.

It also should give tips to citizens on prevention ofincidents and management including reporting, recording and responding toemergencies like fire, earthquake, flood, typhoon, storm , road accidents, on sea mishaps andhomicide,as a single- point  contact for all emergencyservices.

The need of the Forest and wildlife department is an integrated mobile app forticketing and booking facility for ecotourism sites and trekking locations, which also should have Information facility.

Kerala Tourism Development Corporation is looking for a mobile app which can provide hotel information, hotel amenities, way to hotel, promotions and offers, online booking engine and Gallery.

Motor Vehicle department needs a ' Third Eye' - Traffic enforcement app which can register offence and send alerts, ability to capture photos, videos and upload.

Social Justice Departmentwants  an app that can store and search details of welfare schemes under it, with  e-filing facility forapplicants.

Kerala Startup Mission CEO DrSajiGopinath pointed out that ' the Demand Day' will be a complimentary platform for bot the government departments and and startups.



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