In AI Applications, Telangana is Way Ahead of the Rest of India: Top Use Cases

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AI ApplicationsTelangana became the first state in India to launch an actionable policy framework for AI in June 2020

The Telangana government has begun several initiatives on artificial intelligence and information technology, including signing memoranda of understanding with technology companies and launching pilot projects on AI. The state has identified eight emerging technologies, including AI, blockchain, cloud, Internet of Things, and robotics, in its push for the use of technology. Telangana, being the pioneer of the Indian IT Industry and with a vision to be a leader in emerging technologies has already declared 2020 as the “Year of AI”. 

T-Hub is arguably one of the biggest examples that embody Telangana’s commitment to positioning itself as a leading startup hub. Launched in 2015, the business incubator is a collaborative effort between the government, industry, and academia. Over the years, similar cross-sector collectives have emerged, now, with Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM) joining the ranks, the state is poised to build a comprehensive and rounded community of developers, innovators, adopters, mentors, and startups that embody the spirit of innovation aided by emerging technologies.

As their mission, Telangana will take AI to the next level, and aims to capitalize on the AI opportunity to become the leading AI innovation implementation hub. To achieve an ambitious opportunity, a conscious strategy backed by the right investments is critical to developing Hyderabad as a global AI innovation hub. 

India’s multi-billion technology industry has evolved and matured to become innovation-centric, with a keen focus on accelerating the development and deployment of solutions powered by emerging technologies like AI. There is a growing talent pool in India, and technology adoption is rising in non-tech sectors like agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, and governance. To top it off, the Union and several state governments are turning to industries to enhance digitization. Against the backdrop of an ambitious Digital India campaign and spurred by the success of citizen-centric initiatives such as Aadhaar, UPI, and the National Digital Health Mission, the Union government is hoping to bolster a culture of building solutions to native challenges by leveraging emerging technologies. The state of Telangana is among the foremost proponents of these tenets. 

Telangana government, which attracted criticism from privacy activists for allegedly using facial recognition software without legal sanction, has developed a method to authenticate its beneficiaries, using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, and Deep Learning solutions. The State government has implemented the RTDAI (Realtime Digital Authentication of Identity) in authenticating pensioners without any need for special hardware at the user end. It doesn’t require fingerprints or iris images to authenticate a person.