India Mobile Congress. Photo: Twitter/@exploreIMC
India Mobile Congress. Photo: Twitter/@exploreIMC

Spotlight on 5G apps, connected cars at India Mobile Congress today

  • Huawei will showcase a tiny glimpse of a 5G connected airport at Mobile Congress
  • Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio will demonstrate solutions from their internet of things ecosystem and some industrial 5G applications

New Delhi: From a connected car that keeps tabs on your driver through voice command to a miniature version of an airport that runs on next generation 5G technology, telecom equipment manufacturers and service providers are set to showcase a range of 5G applications at the third edition of the India Mobile Congress in New Delhi on Monday.

Top executives of telecom operators will attend the inaugural session of the three-day flagship event, to be also attended by Telecom Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal will also be present.

Huawei, which is under scrutiny worldwide over 5G network security concerns, will showcase a tiny glimpse of a 5G connected airport, apart from other smart transport solutions.

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio will demonstrate solutions from their internet of things ecosystem and some industrial 5G applications.

India’s largest operator by subscriber base Vodafone Idea will demonstrate consumer IoT solutions apart from connected car Kia Seltos which has 37 smart features under five separate sections -- navigation, safety and security, vehicle management, remote control and convenience.

The smart features include, AI voice command, stolen vehicle tracking and immobilization, auto collision notification, SOS-emergency assistance, remote engine start and stop, remotely operated air purifier and in-car air quality monitor.

It will also come equipped with safety alerts for geo fence, time fence, speed and valet.

Simply put, a connected car has seamless connectivity to the internet which enables a host of features which can make driving an easier and safer experience. A user can also get notifications on fuel usage, over-speeding and prevent accidents through smart emergency brakes.

Bharti Airtel, on the other hand, will demonstrate industrial applications for smart factories and solutions for smart cities such as such as adaptive traffic control system, pollution check, traffic enforcement system, street lighting and smart signages, etc. It will also showcase connected car MG Hector.Through India Mobile Congress, the government aims to promote India as a vibrant telecom market.

The event is being held against the backdrop of a bitter war of words that erupted last week after Jio said it will start charging for calls made to rival networks at 6 paise a minute, reneging on a promise to keep voice calls free for its customers.

The operator said it “has been compelled most reluctantly and unavoidably" to do this following the decision of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to review the date for scrapping interconnect usage charge (IUC) from 1 January 2020, which has led to regulatory uncertainty.

Jio’s rival Airtel said the move is to force IUC to be brought down despite the heavy burden it puts in the receiving network. Vodafone Idea said that this seemed like the consultative process by Trai is being challenged and is potentially drawing attention away from the real issue that the industry is in deep financial stress.

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