The Andhra Pradesh government’s cabinet has approved the Internet of Things (IoT) policy for the state for 2016- 2020, reports The Hindu. The IT, Electronics and Communication Department will issue the operational guidelines for implementing the IoT policy soon, according to the report. It adds that two entities: the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas and Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry have approached the state to open an IT incubation centre in Tirupati.
Palle Raghunatha Reddy, Minister for Information Technology said, “Our aim is to attract at least 100 IoT companies to set up their operations and development centres in AP. We want to create a world-class ecosystem through the proposed hubs for the growth of IoT entities.”
Some of the objectives of the policy include:
– Direct employment for at least 50,000 people in IoT verticals
– Promote 10 hubs with private participation
– Attract 100 IoT companies, units or entities to set up their facilities and development centres and develop physical and technical IoT infrastructure
– IoT and non hazardous electronic hardware manufacturing entities will be exempt from the purview of AP Pollution Control Act, except when it comes to power generation sets, which are subject to clearances by the AP Pollution Control Board.
– IoT companies have to file self certifications under labour laws.
– The state government will also set up IoT centres of excellence, create an innovation fund, and offer financial and non financial incentives from the Consultative Committee of IT Industry.
– The program aims to develop 1,000 companies and train over 6,000 scientists, innovators, engineers and entrepreneurs in AP, and create over 2,500 jobs over the next 5 years.
Segments of IoT: Research and development, lab/assembly/systems integration, device and hardware manufacturing, software applications and analytics, and IoT hubs/infrastructure.
Conditions to get land
Entities which are in existence for a year, filed income tax returns in India or abroad for the last 2 years and possess commitment letters of at least 10 IoT companies. Allotment of land will be conditional to construction, commission and creation of fresh employment of 250 people per acre (at least 50% for people with AP origin or domicile) within 3 years from the date of getting the land.
HyperCat accelerator: In December, Flexeye opened HyperCat, an accelerator and incubator centre for Internet of Things (IoT) startups in Hyderabad. The centre would provide startups with access to technology, skills and funding opportunities, to develop IoT and smart city services. It will also offer a Smart City course through a partnership with the University of Surrey, one of its founding members. (More IoT accelerators in the same article here.)
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