Thursday, October 29, 2015

Digital Kumbh-Good Bye, Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015 - Welcome Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016-WiFi enabled

          ‘Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015’, which concluded recently, was the first Kumbh Mela where technology dominated for a flawless execution.

          The Nasik edition of Kumbh kicked off on 14th July 2015 (Tuesday) and the curtain came down on 25th September 2015 (Friday). Technically, the ‘Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015’,  is in progress and will come to an end by 11th August 2016

          In the coming months, there will be numerous articles on the various facets of  ‘Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015’.

b)    No missing case reported at world’s largest religious gathering
c)     Police Arrangements At Glance
d)    MIT Media Lab, Camera Culture Group

          A number of teams came together, put aside their egos and worked towards the success of ‘NASHIK KUMBH MELA 2015’.

          New Digital innovations played a major role in the smooth conduct of ‘NASHIK KUMBH MELA 2015’.

Smart Citizens for a smart city

          These innovations were conceptualized over the last couple of years.

          The most remarkable achievement of ‘Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015’ was ensuring  that not a single visitor was MISSING or LOST during the ‘Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015’ period.

Nashik : Bharat Bharti Started Help Line In 16 Indian Languages At Kumbha Mela
          The only digital innovation which could not be deployed in mass scale at ‘Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015’ was the Digital Wallet or ePayments.

          References to my earlier posts on the scope of ePayments in ‘Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015’ can be read here.

          Additional readings on the preparations for ‘Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016’ are as under:

Modi government could nominate 'Kumbh Mela' for Unesco's cultural heritage list
Coin seekers Kumbh from Feb 5 2016
Tech touch to Simhasth-2016 in Ujjain; to be Wi-Fi enabled
Madhya Pradesh holds Travel Mart 2015

          In the last 15 months,
01)  Innovative approaches to Safe ePayments have been deployed by Banks and eWallet companies.
02) Awareness levels amongst Indian public has zoomed
03) eCommerce companies are widening the catchment area for eTransactions through exciting deals and new products
04) Major eWallets can now be used in the offline mode. Eg:

  • Citrus pay to tie up with Woohoo for offline wallet payments
  • Pay the Smart Way with Oxigen Wallet
  • Axis Bank Launches LIME
  • ZipCash is a Digital Currency
  • MobiKwik Partners with WHSmith India to Enable Digital Wallet Users to Shop Offline
  • These offline usages reflects the changing mindset of physical stores to transact in Digital Money
          The ‘Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016’ is 6 months away and there is hectic activity at the ground level for a flawless ‘Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016’ experience for the pilgrims.
Infosys has already taken the lead to digitize ‘Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016’

Infosys will develop software to manage Ujjain Kumbh mela next year: Sikka
Elaborating on the discussion around Kumbh mela, Sikka said post the meeting, the teams have already started brain storming on the solutions.
“Ujjain is very close to where I was born. I was born in Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh and we will be very happy to do that. We have been thinking  about how we will do this, to make software for the kumbh mela, clean toilets. It was a very very productive meeting,” he said.
The CEO added that the company will look at offering software for participants and organisers.
“Clean toilets is (also) one of them (initiatives) as lakhs of people will be using them, things like self cleaning toilet, water free urinals, etc,” he said.   

However, there is no mention of Digital Transactions.

So, which eWallet company will lead the race for Safe eTransactions at ‘Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016’?

          Disclaimer: I am not associated with any eWallet organization. My only mission is to spread the Joy of Safe eTransactions. Nothing more, Nothing less.