On Independence Day, here are five projects that can change India

Free WiFi for people who dispose trash into dustbins, a smartphone app to take care of parking woes, an arterial pulse analyser to help diagnose cardiovascular diseases, an SMS vaccination reminder service, or even a platform to combat child trafficking. While citizens of all walks of life irrespective of age or education background are responding to Digital India in a big way, this is how technology giant Ericsson pitched in for ‘Networked India 2015’. Ericsson is not developing these on its own, but has invited nominations from innovators across the country in a bid to select top five projects related to subjects and sectors such as Healthcare, Environment, Transport and Human Rights. Here are the top five concepts:

1) Arterial Pulse Analyzer

Sushant Poojary of IIT Bombay and Maryland University PhD student Pradeep Gatkine with their low cost Arterial Pulse Analyzer aim to help clinicians diagnose CardioVascular Diseases (CVDs) cases. Given that cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death in the country, the duo’s innovation targets rural India. The non-invasive diagnostic instrument with onboard analysis being performed on a mobile phone or tablet promises to make diagnosis more effective by automating the process. This highly portable instrument doesn’t require trained healthcare professionals to run it and costs around Rs 4,000. It will include features like wireless data acquisition and cloud storage of reports. Poojary also mentioned the possibility of delivering this analyser in the form of a fitness band. As the technology is clinically approved, the reports from the wearable could be used by doctors, unlike other commercially available devices.

2) ImmunizeIndia

The simple concept delivered by The Better India aims at reminding parents to vaccinate their child on time. Claiming to be the world’s largest free SMS service to get vaccination reminders, founder Dhimant Parekh and co-founder Anuradha have partnered with Vodafone for providing free SMS reminders. To register for the timely alerts, the parent needs to SMS “Immunize {space} Name of child {space} Date of birth (DD-MM-YYYY)” to 566778. The registered mobile number will receive three reminders for a particular vaccine – two before the ideal date and one after it.

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Camilla Wood

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