Hyderabad: Telangana State will soon release a space technology framework. This will describe the stages of ecosystem construction and the roles of each player in space technology. Telangana will be the second state after Kerala to adopt a space policy.
IT and Industry Minister KT Rama Rao has advocated vehemently for an Indian Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe) in Hyderabad. State Minister (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh announced on Friday that Hyderabad would be one of the proposed sites for the new center given the type of infrastructure startup culture present in Hyderabad.
âTelangana has identified space technology as one of the key areas. Many players and startups work in this vertical. We will soon come up with a space technology framework, âsaid Rama Devi Lanka, director of emerging technologies and special duty officer.
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She was speaking at a âBuilding a Technological Innovation Ecosystemâ session, organized as part of the 24th National Conference on Electronic Governance here in Hyderabad. The two-day event ended on Saturday.
Space technology has the potential for global commercialization and a huge multiplier effect on the economy. From launchers and satellites allowing indigenization to downstream applications allowing an impact on agricultural sectors, space is the new frontier. In addition, there is a national impetus to increase private participation with the publication of the Spacecom policy, Space RS policy, National geospatial policy, etc.
Meanwhile, Chief IT and Industries Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, who chaired the session, said Telangana has been the forerunner in adopting technology to deliver government services to citizens. âWe are becoming the first client of startups developing a proof of concept in Telangana. This is a bilateral agreement and not a call for tenders. Getting the first customer is a difficult part of the entrepreneurial journey, âhe said.
Venkateshwara Rao, Commissioner E-Gov, said Telangana widely uses real-time digital identity verification to provide services to citizens. Using three-factor authentication makes it a secure system, he said, adding that around a lakh of retirees authenticated their identities for life certificates through digital channels in 2021, up from 30,000. in 2019 when it was introduced.
Rajendra Nimje, managing director of the Center for Good Governance, the think tank for fostering growth-oriented and people-centered governance, said Telangana has made rapid progress in e-governance with around 250 applications. Electronic governance is an offshoot of good governance, he said.
Sujai Karampuri, director of electronics, said T-Fiber, the Telangana government’s flagship program to provide high-speed internet access across the state, is creating an infrastructure that will last 25 to 30 years. It will have the capacity to offer Internet from 20 Mbps to 1 Gb with an average speed of 100 Mbps. The system will be scalable to deliver higher speeds with minimal changes in infrastructure. It will target government, households, businesses, cell phone towers and other use cases.