Guwahati: The emerging tech hub of North East

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Guwahati which is also known as the gateway of North East India, has been a significant commercial hub and rated as being among the swiftly developing cities.

The largest tech park of Northeast India has been set up in Bongara which is about 30 kilometers from Guwahati. The facility will house global companies and will be an innovation center for technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Solar PV, Photonics, Quantum Dot Nanocrystals, Smart Meter, and Internet of Things.

Subrajit Baruah, Director, Projects & Business Operation, SIQES (consulting and services firm) said, “IT parks are coming up in the region and technology adoption is accelerating. Although the scale is not as large as in metropolitan and tier-I cities but there is a good traction. We look forward to the government to build a sturdy technology infrastructure. This will enable enhanced technology deployments.”

Several government projects like the State Data Center, SSDC and state portal, SWF by e-Prastuti, Assam Wide Area Network, Common Service Centre, e-Assam and the all Assam encompassing colossal project National Register of Citizens of India (NRC) have leveraged technology in a big way in the state.

Abhijit Bhuyan, CEO, Bohniman Infosystems, said, “Several e-government projects have sprung up especially under the present ruling state government. NRC is a giant project where we digitized data for crores of people with our software solutions and also enabled phonetic based search. There is immense opportunity in the state.”

There are many solution developers in the state who build solutions, applications and technologies like JAVA, OpenSource, Hybernate, Blockchain etc and have a substantial demand in the global market as well.

“There is a big demand for our solutions in other countries. Germany is huge market for us. The vertical demands are for healthcare, finance and hospitality,” informed Bhuyan.

‘Digital North East 2022’ is a landmark technology initiative which is shaping up in the North East India. Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Guwahati; Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY); and Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (Ministry of DoNER) have joined hands to set-up CoEs (Center of Excellence) for each headquarter of different states for different technologies.

Prabir Kumar Das, Director, STPI- Guwahati said, “There is a spectrum of tech initiatives that we are working upon along with the government for the ‘Digital North East 2022’ project. These include, IoT for agriculture in Guwahati, IT in Healthcare in Gangtok, Data Analytics in Agartala, Gaming in Aiwzal, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Imphal, Graphic designing in Kohima, Drones applications in Itanagar and Animation in Meghalaya.”

Technology in Guwahati is an ask for every vertical today. Ranjan Kalita, CEO, Terabyte Solution, who deals with network, and surveillance offerings said that there is high demand in the city from all walks of establishments including banks, museums and education among others, one should only know and understand the channel to be leveraged.

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