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India’s first video conferencing app developed by Techgentsia Software Technologies - Infopark Cherthala.

Date : 22/08/2020

Techgentsia Software Technologies (TST), a Kerala-based global IT service provider which won the Central government’s Grand Innovation Challenge for developing a home-grown video-conferencing solution in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, will hit the market with the innovative Vconsol product next month, with an initial target of securing one million users, Mr. Joy Sebastian, CEO of the company, said.

The multilingual, superior-quality video-conferencing app, hailed as the first of its kind in India with better audio-video than Zoom or Google Meet, will aim at the B2B market with focus on telemedicine and education. “These are the two segments that are in top demand amid a new post-COVID world order which has made health and learning increasingly e-centric,” he pointed out. “Vconsol, with its capacity to support as many as 80 active and 300 passive participants at a time, however, will not be free for the time being.

The cost involved in its making and marketing will make Vconsol chargeable after “a free trial of maybe a week,” said the team leader of the Kerala-based firm which won the tough competition conducted by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

“TST, which functions under Infopark Cherthala in Alappuzha district, famous for its backwaters. “By March 2021, the company hopes to get a million users across continents.” Winning the marathon and highly competitive Grand Challenge under the Digital India Initiative earned TST Rs one crore, making the company eligible to provide its Vconsol to Union government offices across the country. The software is capable of functioning in leading eight Indian languages.

TST’s contract with the government is for three years, during which the firm will get an additional Rs 10 lakh annually towards the maintenance of the project.

Congratulating TST that has a majority of its software clients in America and Europe, IT Parks Kerala CEO Mr. Sasi P M said the company’s achievement is a testimony to Kerala's strong and vibrant IT ecosystem backed by the government. This also proves that young minds in small towns can excel and come up with world-class products and solutions, he observed.

“TST will inspire all those youngsters in Kerala working tirelessly to come out with new global products. Our concerted efforts to promote and develop tier-II and III centres in the IT map of Kerala and the world are showing results," Mr. Sasi said. "This recognition coincides with the 30th anniversary of the IT revolution in Kerala, starting with Technopark. Our aim is to make cost-effective and state-of-the-art IT infrastructure available for firms and professionals in not just metros but across the state.”

Experts note that next-generation Vconsol can give Zoom and Google Meet a major challenge in video-conferencing. TST’s product can support all technologies in the domain, which is busy chasing a high demand in users since March owing to restrictions imposed following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

TST is located in Pallipuram village in Cherthala that houses state government-owned Infopark with 60 acres of land notified as a sector-specific Special Economic Zone by the Union Ministry of Commerce.

On Thursday, Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, who holds the portfolios of Electronics and Information Technology and Communications, announced the results of the Grand Challenge conducted in three stages: ideation, prototype, and product. The contest, as part of the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat call given by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, aims to “develop India’s software product and mobile app economy in a big way” and is also in tune with his clarion call for ‘Vocal for Local’. The jury comprised senior officers of the government, reputed academicians, and senior members from the IT industry.

It's a proud moment for everyone at Team Infopark. Techgentsia located at Infopark Cherthala, under the guidance of Joy Sebastian, has achieved a historic feat by topping the Innovation Challenge by MeitY for developing a disruptive video conferencing solution, as part of the Central Government's Aatma Nirbhar Bharat initiative.

Out of the 1900+ applicants in the ideation stage, 30 teams were nominated for further evaluation. Based on the next level of assessment, 12 were chosen for the prototype stage. In the Prototype stage, three solutions were selected for the final round. The startup will be provided financial support of Rs 1 crore with an additional Rs 10 Lakhs towards O&M for the next three years.

This accomplishment will undoubtedly fuel a new movement in Make in India initiatives across the nation. It is also a significant game-changer for the whole IT ecosystem in Kerala, and will also boost the confidence of the other satellite campuses of Infopark. Infopark congratulates Joy Sebastian and Team Techgentsia behind Vconsol for this proud achievement.