Convergence India 2017 was all about connectivity. This year’s event is set to take that agenda forward by displaying the latest technologies and giving visitors networking opportunities galore
By Vinita Bhatia
The 26th edition of Convergence India 2018 is all set to roll from 7th to 9th March, 2018 at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. This international exhibition and conference, which operates under the ‘Digital Convergence India’ aegis, will be co-hosted with another event, the 2nd Internet of Things.
The trade show, organised by Exhibitions India Group, has become highly relevant to the country’s ICT industry. With the constant evolution of convergence, the lines between telecom, IT and broadcast sectors are getting blurred. Hence, it will have pavilions where players from all these domains can showcase their latest solutions and products and also participate in the conference where industry leaders will discuss and debate the challenges, opportunities and roadmap ahead.
Come One, Come All
This year, Convergence India 2018 will have three distinct Technology Zones. The first will be for Internet of Things India, which was launched and co-located within the main event. It will showcase IoT technologies from global and domestic exhibitors, including hardware, software, services and security solutions, covering development areas and future of IoT including smart cities, wearables, design applications, industrial IoT, data analysis. Last year, visitors showed great interest in technologies like cloud computing, connected cars, green energy solutions, home automation, mobility and logistics solutions.
The Mobile & Accessories Zone has been created to bring mobile ecosystem including mobile devices, wearables and accessories under a single roof. Here, manufacturers can showcase their latest products with demonstrations to distributors and large retailers. The SATCOM pavilion will see the participation of satellite operators, broadcasters, DTH service providers as well as user organisations such as banks, defense, government agencies, telecom service providers, oil and gas, etc.
Last year, the event witnessed the attendance of 635 exhibiting companies and 18000 square meters exhibit space. The three-day event witnessed a footfall of 19000 visitors, which was a 46% increase in exhibitor participation as compared to last year, according to the organisers.
Connectivity was a major focus throughout the three Convergence India conference tracks, which included 27 sessions, and the wider ecosystem of policy makers, business leaders, industry experts, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, innovators, and investors.
The event welcomed official government representatives from around the world. Indian government leaders in attendance included the Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice, PP Chaudhary, who inaugurated the trade show. Prof Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, Department of Science and Technology was the Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony.
Other top level Indian government attendees included representatives from the DoT, DeiTY, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Information & Broadcast Ministry, MTNL, C-DOT, TEC, TCIL, Prasar Bharati, BECIL, AIR, Doordarshan, etc.