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Aero India 2019 Introduces the ATL Drone Module ‘Get, Set, Go’

Atal Innovation Mission is the government’s flagship initiative to foster a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in India.



BENGALURU (Karnataka): NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Drona Aviation, an IIT Bombay start-up, launched the ‘ATL Drone Module: Get, Set, Go’ for Atal Tinkering Labs at the ongoing Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru.

The ATL Drone Module was launched by G Satish Reddy, Chairman, DRDO and Sanjay Jaju, Joint Secretary,  Department of Defence Production, along with. Apurva Godbole, CEO, Drona Aviation and representatives of AIM.

The idea of flying has always been a fascinating concept for all young as well as old. “With the ATL Drone Module, young students of India will learn how to create their own drones and use them for solving community problems in India”, said Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.

“In the age of the Fourth industrial revolution, drones are one of the most promising technologies integrating the concepts of physics, maths, chemistry, engineering and sensor technologies creating a tremendous range of innovative solutions that can be developed using them”, said R Ramanan, Mission Director, AIM.

Drona Aviation is India’s first developer drone company, with a focus on drone innovation. The ATL Drone Module aims at building this open source community of tinkerers who will learn and build on drone ideas to showcase their many possible application.

“Created with iterations and feedback from hundreds of students and teachers over the last three years, we hope that this module can be the spark and twig to start the fire of drone revolution in our country”, said Mr Godbole.

Through the ATL Drone module, sky indeed is the limit for their creativity and innovation. Students will be able to connect this module to their academic subjects, especially physics and mathematics, and enhance their spatial problem-solving skills.

Atal Innovation Mission, housed at NITI Aayog, is Government of India’s flagship initiative to foster a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship across India.

With the vision to empower our young generation with the 21st century skills of design thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking and so on, AIM has selected more than 5000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) where young innovators get access to the latest technologies of microelectronics, Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, robotics, drone technology, artificial intelligence and so on.

Previously, an ATL Space Module was also launched to inspire young innovators to reach for the stars. The drone module is set to give further impetus to their ambitions in an imaginative way.

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Aarogya Setu Android App Is Now Open Source

The App has over 114 million users, which is more than any other Contact Tracing App in the world.



NEW DELHI: On April 2, 2020, India launched Aarogya Setu mobile App for helping augment the efforts of limiting the spread of COVID19, with an objective of enabling Bluetooth based contact tracing, mapping of likely hotspots and dissemination of relevant information about COVID19.

The App has over 114 million users as on May 26, which is more than any other Contact Tracing App in the world.

The App is available in 12 languages and on Android, iOS and KaiOS platforms. Citizens across the country are using Aarogya Setu to protect themselves, their loved ones and the nation.

Setu has been transparency, privacy and security and in line with India’s policy on Open Source Software, the source code of Aarogya Setu has now been made open source.

The source code for the Android version of the application is available for review and collaboration at:

The iOS version of the application will be released as open-source within the next two weeks and the server code will be released subsequently. Almost 98% of Aarogya Setu Users are on the Android platform.

Aarogya Setu’s development has been a remarkable example of collaboration between Government, Industry and Academia and citizens.

With the release of the source code in the public domain, the government is looking to expanding collaboration and to leverage the expertise of top technical brains amongst the talented youth and citizens of our nation and to collectively build a robust and secure technology solution to help support the work of frontline health workers in fighting this pandemic together.

The App offers a comprehensive suite of interventions against COVID-19 and has registered several firsts in the eight weeks since its launch.

The App possibly has the most reach and impact when compared to all other COVID-19 contact tracing and self-assessment tools combined globally, while pioneering new data driven epidemiological flattening of the curve through syndromic mapping.

Of the more than 114 million registered users, two-thirds have taken the self-assessment test to evaluate their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The App has helped identify about 500,000 Bluetooth contacts. Those who are identified as Bluetooth contacts of COVID19 positive cases or are classified as needing assistance based on their self-assessment are contacted by National Health Authority.

So far, the platform has reached out to more than 900,000 users and helped advise them for Quarantine, caution or testing.

Amongst those who were recommended for testing for COVID19, it has been found that almost 24% of them have been found COVID19 positive. Compare this to the overall COVID19 positive rate of around 4.65% – 145380 COVID19 positives from a total of 3126119 tests done as on 26th May 26, 2020.

This clearly illustrates that Contact tracing is helping focus efforts on those who need testing and this will greatly augment the efforts of the Government in containing the pandemic. Analytics of Bluetooth contacts and location data has also helped identify potential hotspots with a higher probability of COVID cases allowing State Governments and District Administration and Health authorities to take necessary steps for containment of the pandemic, early, which is critical for controlling the spread of the pandemic.

This approach of syndromic mapping, a novel approach of combining principles of path tracing and movement patterns of COVID-19 positive people, population-level epidemiology modelling and the prevalence of COVID-19 in different regions of the country, the Aarogya Setu team has identified more than 3,500 hotspots across the country at the sub-post office level.

The Aarogya Setu data fused with historic data has shown enormous potential in predicting emerging hotspots at the sub-post office level and today around 1264 emerging hotspots have been identified across India that might otherwise have been missed.

Several of these predicted hotspots have been subsequently verified as actual hotspots in the next 17 to 25 days.

As an example, a district with 3 cases on a particular date when Aarogya Setu engine predicted it as a hotspot registered 82 cases in the next 15 days. The precision achieved by this unique combination of Bluetooth-based contact tracing and identification of hotspots may hold the key to effectively breaking the chain of infection, flattening the curve and saving lives.

Releasing the source code of a rapidly evolving product that is being regularly used by more than 114 million users, is challenging. Developing and maintaining the source code is a huge responsibility, both for Team Aarogya Setu and the developer community.

The repository now being shared is the actual production environment. All subsequent product updates will also be made available through this repository.

The process of supporting the open-source development will be managed by National Informatics Centre (NIC).

All code suggestions will be processed through pull request reviews. Aarogya Setu’s source code has been licensed under Apache License

Version 2.0, and is available on “As-Is” basis. Any reuse of the source code with changes to the code requires the developer to carry a notice of a change.

More details can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document available at:

While making the code Open Source, Government of India also seeks the developer community to help identify any vulnerabilities or code improvement in order to make Aarogya Setu more robust and secure.

Towards this objective, the government has also launched a Bug Bounty Programme with a goal to partner with security researchers and Indian developer community to test the security effectiveness of Aarogya Setu and also to improve or enhance its security and build user’s trust.

Details of the Bug Bounty Programme along with the rewards therein are being shared separately. Details of the Bug Bounty Program is available on the innovate portal of MyGov at:

The Government of India, by opening the product design and code, has also demonstrated its strong commitment to contributing to the global good. India is keen to share learnings from our approach to technology to fight COVID-19 and make the benefits of the solution available to the rest of the world and any government can use it for fighting the pandemic.

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‘Digital India’ Provides Hope For Poor And Developing Nations: Commonwealth S-G

“India is developing these things at scale and at a cost which looks accessible to so many. That brings hope.”



NEW DELHI: In a very encouraging endorsement of the success of Digital India programme initiated by the Government led by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland has expressed her appreciation for this initiative and has called it “new hope for other developing and aspiring countries of the Commonwealth“.

Scotland, in an interaction with a private news channel recently said that the way India has tried to address the aspirations of the people with innovation and opportunities by offering affordable digital services is commendable.

She further said, “if you look at our poorer countries, our smaller, our developing countries, many of them look to the developed nations and they fear that they cannot aspire to do or replicate what the developed countries have done because of the cost. But when they look at India and fact that India is developing these things at scale and at a cost which looks accessible to so many. That brings hope.”

She also mentioned about her visit to India during January 2020 where she interacted with the Ministers in Government of India and technology experts.

During these interactions, she got to understand that India was really focusing on helping the small, the vulnerable and the developing. “I very much welcome that”, she added further.

Conveying her appreciation for the contributions made by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and IT, in the success of Digital India, Scotland further added that the Minister has been in the forefront of these developments.

Talking about what Ravi Shankar Prasad has done she remarked, “he has electrified the other members of our Commonwealth family.”

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COVID-19: Telangana Student Builds Two Sensor-Based Wearable Gadgets To Fight The Virus

Sneha says she developed these gadgets by using minimum components.



KARIMNAGAR (Telangana): A few sections of people like Doctors and Police are fighting COVID-19 from the frontline, while some others are contributing to the fight against coronavirus through Science and Innovation. Budhavarapu Sneha, a BSC (Electronics) student from Karimnagar district in Telangana is one among them.

Sneha has developed a COVID-19 Smart Watch and Social Distance Identity Card, both will warn people about the spread of Coronavirus.

The smartwatch will give a beep sound to notify the person who is wearing it when there is a possible infection through hands by touching their mouth or eyes.

Another gadget developed by her, the Social Distancing Identity Card, will notify by ringing a beep sound when somebody comes close to the person who is wearing it.

When the person offers a shake hand, the device will buzz to warn that it must be avoided.

Whenever you move your hand to touch any part of your face, the device beeps to warn you. If your hands are sanitised, you can ignore the beep. Otherwise, you will realise that you need to wash your hands,” said Sneha.

The device comprises a three voltage battery, a sensor, a buzzer and a rubber band. It can be sold for Rs 350 apiece.

As we don’t have a vaccine or drug for Covid-19 yet, prevention is the only option available to us. Since avoiding a handshake and touching the face are identified common habits which could lead to infection, I have made this device,” added Sneha, who worked under the supervision of her father B. Mallesh, a researcher in electronics.

Sneha says she developed these gadgets by using minimum components.

Sneha is receiving appreciation from all quarters for her efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

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