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CoE Gurugram and IBM enabling a community of developers with skills in Machine Learning

Most websites selling products online show you a list of items that you might be interested in. The better the recommendations, the more likely that you will buy any of these, which will increase their sales. But how are these recommendations created?

Center of Excellence – IoT, Gurugram along with IBM organised a hands-on Session to build a Machine Learning-based interactive recommendation engine using IBM Watson Studio, Watson Machine Learning, Apache Spark & PixieDust.

There were more than 130 registrations and the session was attended by more than 60 advanced developers some of whom were from organisations like Nagarro, United Airlines, TCS, Sanyog Pharma & TV Today Network.

The session enabled the attendees to develop & deploy an IBM Watson based Recommendation Engine for their business use cases.


  • Introduction to Machine Learning concepts
  • Basics of Recommender Systems
  • Understanding types of recommender systems:
  • Content based recommender systems
  • Collaborative filtering
  • User-User collaborative filtering
  • Item-Item Collaborative filtering
  • Hybrid Methods
  • Case Study
  • Hands-On (Building a pixie dust based app for recommending shopping cart products)

 Key Takeaways for Attendees:

By the end of the session, attendees were able to understand how to build a model to provide product recommendations for customers based on their purchase history.  They had created their own Jupyter notebook, which included:

  • Loading historical shopping data
  • Structuring and viewing that data in a table that displays customer information, product categories, and shopping history details
  • Using the k-means algorithm, which is useful for cluster analysis in data mining, to segment customers into clusters for the purpose of making an in-store purchase recommendation based on shopping history
  • Deploying the model to the IBM Watson Machine Learning service in IBM Cloud to create your recommendation application

If you are a developer who wants to learn new skills, or an enterprise that is at the forefront of innovation hoping to evangelize the nation’s growing community of software/ hardware developers, contact Shantanu Gaur at

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Transforming Sports Gear into Smart Devices to Deliver Real-Time Analytics

The Success Story of SeeHow, a NASSCOM CoE Incubatee

Sports analytics, which has been fairly unchartered territory in India, is now rising in popularity. While the global market is pegged at reaching $4.5bn by 2024, the Indian market is playing catch up. Specifically, the data analytics and AI bug seems to have caught cricket aficionados who are now capitalising on advanced technology to understand finer nuances of the sport.

Bangalore-based technology startup SeeHow is transforming traditional sports gear into smart devices using high-end sensors and employ proprietary algorithms to deliver real-time analytics, feedback and coaching advice that enable players to track and improve their game. read more

NASSCOM CoE fostering Innovation and Thought Leadership on Technology for better home healthcare

Healthcare Begins at Home

Owing to lower doctor-to-patient ratios, poor healthcare infrastructure, spiralling costs and long-distance travel for patients, especially in the context of rural India, availing timely healthcare is a challenge today. But fret not. Having a hospital at your doorstep is now a reality, thanks to technology.

The home healthcare market is still in its nascent stages in India but can grow to more than $6.2bn by 2021 (1). Currently, the industry is serviced by a multitude of healthcare start-ups, healthcare aggregators, diagnostic centres, radiology centres and even some of the major hospitals. Advancements in information technology and medical electronics are bringing high quality healthcare at the door step and at affordable price.

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ICANN Principal Technologist Alain Durand discusses scope of research on Draft Durand Object Exchange

Durand talks about challenges and benefits of IPv6 adoption at NASSCOM CoE

Alain Durand, principal technologist of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) paid a visit to the NASSCOM Center of Excellence Gurugram, where there was a vibrant and informative exchange on the potential benefits of establishing standards to the current proprietary systems of firmware download for IOT devices, and the benefits of adopting IPv6 over IPv4.

Alain Durand, principal technologist of ICANN, at NASSCOM CoE Gurugram
The roundtable was attended by representatives from ARICENT, DLINK, CDOT, CDAC and IIT Delhi apart from representation from ERNET, ICANN and CoE. Shri Rahul Gosain, director at the Ministry of Electronics and IT also attended.

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Data-driven insights for an improved game on the cricket field

The Success Story of str8bat, a NASSCOM CoE Incubated Deeptech Startup

Deep tech, IoT-enabled analytics platform to aid player performance in Cricket and other sports

Data has become the new currency for businesses today, as technologies are harnessing huge amounts of data, extracting meaningful and strategic insights to improve productivity, enhance efficiency or simply solve a challenge.

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India is a thriving hub for AI; Skilled talent key to its growth

How NASSCOM is addressing this issue ground up

The digital progression of every company today is heavily reliant on technology, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the current wave that enterprises are riding on. Companies world over have recognized that AI is changing the way business is being done and the very nature of every business enterprise is becoming “DIGITAL FIRST”, making AI crucial not only to their growth but in some cases to their metamorphosis as a digital enterprise, and subsequently, their survival. This is driving them to adopt, adapt and strengthen their AI applicability and fortify their businesses. This inevitably means ensuring AI competence is built and updated continuously.

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Japanese delegation visits CoE’s Innovation Lab in Bangalore

NASSCOM hosted a Japanese delegation in Bangalore on 5th February to discuss collaborative efforts between Japan and India to boost the startup ecosystem.

Kenji Hiramatsu, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan; Tetsuya Uetake, first secretary, Food & Agriculture, Embassy of Japan; and Takayuki Kitagawa, consul general, Consulate General of Japan interacted with NASSCOM’s senior leaders including KS Viswanathan, vice-president, Industry Initiatives, Sanjeev Malhotra, CEO of Center of Excellence and Gagan Sabharwal, senior director for Global Trade Development over digital integration for corporates, supporting the technology and startup ecosystem.

The delegates paid a visit to the CoE's Innovation Lab as well where they witnessed firsthand the work of incubated startups and their products.

NASSCOM Chairman Rishad Premji interacts with startups in Bangalore

Rishad Premji, chairman of NASSCOM paid a visit to NASSCOM Bangalore where he interacted with startups associated with NASSCOM10K Warehouse and CoE IoT-DSAI, and extensively discussed the deep tech ecosystem in India.

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LHIF 4 workshop in Mumbai on 20th December


“Re-Calibrating the Care-Continuum with Technology Innovation”

Event Report

85+ Select Audience | 40+ Start-ups | First Time in Mumbai


Pronounced as LIFE, the Lifesciences and Healthcare Innovation Forum (LHIF) is an initiative by NASSCOM Center of Excellence for AI/IoT to provide a collaborative platform for the healthcare delivery eco-system to explore and adopt innovation in their organizations. The 4th edition of the LHIF was hosted in Mumbai on 20th Dec 2018.


Introductory note on the Collaborative initiatives by NASSCOM Center of Excellence for AI/IoT










Mr. Raghuram Janapareddy
 Director- Open Innovation
NASSCOM Center of Excellence


The conclave was very innovative and inclusive. The introductory session set the context and shared insights about the key players of the Lifesciences and Healthcare industry involving medical device companies, pharma, government, and the start-ups. The main agenda of the workshop was to catalyze the transformation of the Lifesciences and the Healthcare Industry leveraging the innovative ecosystem. With the millennium development goals posing a challenge on the healthcare delivery eco-system, it is time to look at various initiatives from the Government and the social impact projects taken up by the private players. We need to take a cue from these initiatives to replicate them at a larger scale. For the first time, the event also recognized the innovative success stories from the startups and the enterprises. The event also created a healthy networking platform for the audience to interact with each other.


Power Key Note: Changing the face of Healthcare Delivery through Technology Driven Initiatives from the Government by Dr.B.K. Murthy


The power key note addressed the IT initiatives by the government of India. The government of India has taken the initiative of digitization of hospitals through Hospital Information System. The objective of this is to optimize the available resources, reduction in patient waiting time and reduction in clinical errors. Government has taken an initiative of deploying this Information system through CDAC’s e-Sushrut and NIC’s e-hospital system, which at present is being used by 400 government hospitals across India. He also addressed the gathering about the standardization of Electronic Health Record for better data exchange. This is initiative focuses on creating central health repository.

                     Dr. B.K. Murthy
                Senior Director, MeitY
             Group Coordinator C-DAC
                Government of India


The digitization of blood bank is to bring transparency by providing availability of stock position online. e-Raktkosh is one platform to bring all blood banks under one roof. Supply chain of free drug distribution scheme to make drugs available for free of cost for each patient to bring down cost of purchase of medicine. e-Aushadhi is a platform developed by CDAC for drugs and vaccine distribution system. With an objective to provide. Health services to last mile, government has promoted Tele Health using telemedicine with PHRMS.



Dr. B.K. Murthy concluded by saying that the start-ups have the potential and are reliable in providing various indigenous solutions for personal healthcare. Regulatory, medico-legal and policy issues are needed to be addressed. Various government efforts need a coordinated support from the industry as well.


Healthcare workforce-Redefining the skill needs : Key note address on Skill development for Healthcare Delivery Professionals – by Dr. Rakesh Waghmore

                 Dr. Rakesh Waghmore
            OSD – Govt. of Maharashtra


The special key note addressed by the officer on special duty, Dr. Rakesh Waghmore is driven on the two factors that is the current status of healthcare in India. The status to be achieved in the next 5 years and the skills of the medical staff. He talks about the steady increase in the life expectancy in India, adding further shortfall of doctors and medical staff. Mr.Waghmore also mentioned about the various type of skills required by the medical staff and the associated manpower to address the medical needs of such a large population. They key skill gap identified by their study is “the lack of IT skills for the medical and paramedical staff.


Artificial intelligence carries a diverse importance in the healthcare industry and the intrusion of the technology can augment and enhance the capacity of the doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medical staff. AI can also automate the office process. He also talked about the prevalence of therobotic surgeries in the western countries and the infant stage adoption in India. These AI assisted techniques can improve pathologist’s productivity. Despite the demand supply gap in the healthcare industry, India serves 250,000 international patients annually.


Mr.Wagmore concluded by stating that, a systematic structured approach of competency training that should be embedded and is directed towards specific outcomes. He also opined that, innovative technologies should be adopted to impart new skills.


Panel Discussion 1 – Addressing the unmet medical needs of population- Initiatives from Healthcare delivery organizations- Focus on Lifestyle diseases, NCD, IMR/MMR, Eye care mental health and Aging.

Mr.Avaduth Parabh                Mr.Purshottam Solanki        Mr.Ashish Gupta                   Mr.Nilesh Jian

CIO – Workhardt Ltd.        CIO – Vexxa Lifesciences      CTO Policybazaar &    CEO – Clini Vantage

                                                                                            CEO Docprime


Panel 1 included esteemed delegates that discussed about addressing the unmet medical needs of the Indian population. One of the salient features included the reduction in the cost of healthcare services catering to the financial needs of the people. The cost of consulting should be minimal and there should be transparency at all levels of the healthcare lifecycle of a patient. The delegates further discussed about the NCDs becoming a threat to the country and the problem should be of utmost importance. There should be wide spread efforts in awareness of these diseases and the solutions to recover from this problem. Also, diagnosis should happen at the point of place of the patient to avoid excess transportation charges and decrease the cost of diagnosis.


Panel Discussion 2 – Re-Calibrating the Care Continuum with Technology Innovation and how the healthcare delivery organizations are using technology as a game changer.

Raghuram Janapareddy    Dr. Anoop Amarnath            Mr.Harish Rijhwani            Mr.Suresh Nadar

Director- Open Innovation Chief of Clinical Services,   DGM Architecture and     Head IT Dr. Batra’s

NASSCOM Center of           Manipal Hospitals              Technology, HCG            



The 21st century has already witnessed additional new and profound changes in all areas of medical science and research, including innovations and discoveries in biology, cellular biology, genomics and proteomics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and information technology. The panel discussion went on to be a successful discussion where the speakers redefined the care continuum to be patient centric and being accessible to the patient 24×7. The Panelists shared personal examples of how it is difficult to move a patient from one hospital to another and not having the data. The data should be easily portable and accessible to the doctor. There should be a central repository of the data which should be stored with specific guidelines. The devices in the hospitals should follow the norms and guidelines. All the devices should be FDA certified and should be accurate in producing the results.


Best Digital Transformation Success Stories


(Industry Category)



Wipro GE Healthcare


Problem statement: Pneumothorax is a critical condition wherein a gap is developed between the lung and the chest of a patient and therefore its early detection is of crucial importance to be addressed in the hospitals.

                                                                Mr.Manu Ramesh
                                                         Senior Software Architect
                                                             Wipro GE Healthcare


Solution : The Critical Care Artificial Intelligence suite is designed for andruns in conjunction with point of care device – XR 240AMX. It is built on top of the Edision AI platform and hosts a variety of algorithms, trained using a large and rich training datasets to ensure high accuracy. It is optimized for the mobile x-ray devices and also easily scalable to larger radiological systems. GE worked with the University of California, San Francisco for this use case.


Business benefits :

1. Critical Care Suite is one of the firsts, if not the only such one, on a point of care x-ray device
2. High accuracy rate of the algorithm.(AUC>0.95) and more efficiency.
3. Radiologist can communicate emergent findings to the appropriate doctor in a minimal amount of time.


Manipal Health Enterprise


Problem Statement : Lack of mobility, multiple medical issues and lack of social support make access to healthcare a big problem for the elderly section of our society. Bringing the elderly residents to the hospital for their healthcare needs posed a big challenge.

                                                                Dr. Anoop Amarnath
                                                            Chief of Clinical Services
                                                                   Manipal Hospitals


Solution : Manipal tied up with VIOS, a Bangalore based company, to provide medical grade IoT enabled wireless devices that could transmit vital parameters such as heart rate, oxygen levels, temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate and ECG from old age home to the hospital in real time. A bespoke software platform was created which captured these parameters and also had an audio visual link to help the doctors communicate with the patients.


Business Benefits :
1. 75 consultations have taken place using our devices over the last 6 months.
2. 83% reduction in the need for routine outpatient department (OPD)
3. 45.83% reduction in the cost of care for the elderly patients.




Problem statement : Bed crunch in ICU is a known issue. Delays in effective vitals monitoring can deprive the patients of effective treatment planning at bedside. Time saved in this critical care can ease pressure on the ICU bed crunch.

                                                               Dr. Arti Thapliyal
                                                       Industry Innovation Lead for
                                                       Health and Public Services &
                                                          Mr. Sreyas Subramaniam
                                                               Associate Manager



Solution : Accenture vitals monitoring solutions (AVMS) is an IoT based end to end cloud-based platform that captures vitals and transmits them over a wireless a network in real time. AVMS can also integrate with any patient monitoring device making it scalable, sustainable and future ready. This solution has been implemented for a  larger hospital in the NCR region of India


Business Benefits :
1. Agnostic, continuous, wireless and flexible platform.
2. Cost effective care at affordable price point
3. Proactive care management as preventive treatment can be provided based on any alarm raised on fluctuating vitals.




Problem statement: On consuming new drugs patients might experience side effects called as Adverse events which can be unfavorable. Managing these events involves requires humungous manual efforts.

                                                                       Mr.Jim James
                                                                     Senior Manager


Solution: To efficiently handle these adverse events reporting, a tool was developed namely PMAEFUR using Robotic Process Automation (RPA). The steps involved in handling adverse event cases manually are
1. Review the circumstances of the case by AstraZeneca Specialists and entering it into the database
2. Case assessment based on medical review and coding to standard attributes and a systematic approach to follow up
3. Initial follow up by the team by reaching out to the patient with questionnaires and standardized messages
4. Reminders being sent to the doctor in an event of non-response to the initial follow up


Business Benefits :
1. Better Compliance
2. Enhanced Productivity
3. Fast Response to Adverse Event notifications
4. Better Employee Satisfaction


Best Innovation Success Story




Bioscan research


Problem statement : In India, nearly 1.5 to 2 million people are injured and 1 million people die annually due to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Timely detection of intracranial bleeding can significantly reduce the burden of TBIs.

                                                     Jaimin Bhavsar & Prateek Srivastava
                                                                 Core team members


Solution : Cerebro developed by Bioscan research a handy, noninvasive computerized system for detecting intraccranial hemorrhage in 2min. It is easily portable and can be deployed onsite. It can be used by a layman with 20 min training. It can be deployed in trauma centres to save millions of lives.




Problem statement : Vitor Health empowers individuals to become aware of one’s health, assess for silent chronic health risks in the quickest manner and act on those risks. Health seeking behavior in India and the world is predominantly responsive and not preventive.


             Vikram Rai, Co-Founder


Solution : Vitor’s Health Risk assessment solution includes a portable screening kit, which included FDA/CE certified IoT clinical grade devices, which can be operated by a manually skilled health assistant and can be accessed anywhere, and anytime.




Problem Statement : In our country 70% of the population resides in the rural and remote areas and lack access to quality healthcare. Most of the rural areas don’t have access to proper health services, sanitation, health awareness and emergency care.

                   Milan Hoogan
            VP Sales & Marketing


Solution : Erfolg LifeSciences began its journey to facilitate quality and affordable healthcare. The aim of the technology platform is to increase the outreach of doctors with patients, and also with nearest diagnostics facilities and pharmacies.


Pitching sessions by Innovators


The workshop session concluded with other start-ups making a pitch to the healthcare industry professionals present in the room, explaining the business usecases in detail. The solution seekers and solutions providers had an interactive networking opportunity to explore the possibilities of engaging with each other.


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Success Story – Cradlewise

A smart solution for mothers to track the breathing of the babies in the cradle and alert them with unsafe sleeping positions

The first year of parenting revolves around the baby’s sleeping schedule as babies on average sleep 16 hours a day, but only an hour or two at a time. This quickly gets exhausting and affects the quality of life of the entire family.
Cradle is the first piece of furniture the baby acquires and spends considerable amount time in it. The sleeping positions keep changing and the babies accidentally keep pulling the sheet covers over them obstructing their breathing, posing a threat. This is a safety challenge to be managed continuously by the exhausted parents.

“ This is the best gift you can ever give to your child. It is an experience not just for the baby, but for the parent as well.”

– Ms.Gail Fernandez, Teacher

“ My baby is now very active because she sleeps well. This has also given me enough sleep and I also feel good after being well rested.”

– Ms.Prajwala Mohit, Dy. Commissioner, IRS

Smart Cradle a novel invention from CradleWise

Now parents, especially the mothers can breathe easy and no longer worry about their baby’s safety. The Smart Cradle has an integrated contactless baby monitor. The AI enabled sensor network looks for baby discomfort and early wake-up signals and puts the baby back to sleep by automatically rocking the cradle. The integrated monitor looks for unsafe sleep positions, tracks breathing and alerts the parents in case of irregularities. There is also an in-built video and audio monitor. All of these are customizable though a smartphone app.

Incubated at NASSCOM Centre of Excellence for IoT, CradleWise has won several accolades around the country. Some of the achievements : Winner of Economic Times Power of Ideas 2017, Winner of Govvt. of Karnataka Startup Award 2017, in Top 15 at Qualcomm Design India Challenge 2018 and Winner of Yourstory Tech30 2018.

“ Incubation at CoE-IoT helped us leapfrog our product readiness. The thriving eco-system and the opportunities for industry-connect helped us validate our product quickly.

–Ms. Radhika Patil, Co-Founder and CEO

About LHIF
LHIF – Lifesciences & Healthcare Innovation Forum is an initiative of NASSCOM Centre of Excellence for AI and IoT, for engaging the Hospitals, Diagnostic Labs, Doctors, Pharma Companies, Medical Devices Manufacturers, Insurance players, Academicians, Government Bodies, Innovators, Technology Companies, Research Institutions, Industry Associations, Investors and Mentors, on a common platform, to promote innovation and accelerate the technology adoption by the industry. For more details please write to us at

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