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Smaller cities trending to be the next hub of the smartphones: IDC

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The International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that tier 2 and 3 cities will lead the next trend of growth of Indian smartphone market, with the growing dispersion of smartphones.

According to the “Monthly City Level Smartphone Tracker” report issued on Thursday, the top 30 cities of India make around 51 percent of the smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2015. New Delhi topped the list while Mumbai followed it.

Around 60 percent of the online smartphone sales are created by top 5 cities of India, the report added.

According to the report, around 21.3 percent of Indian smartphone market are created by 25 major tier 2 and 3 cities. The demands in smaller cities is mostly for 3G models. However, the demand of 4G smartphones will be expected to increase with increasing 4G smartphone portfolio. The movement of the trend in smaller towns and cities make it the market of next evolution centre for the smartphone industry.

“The smartphone consumers in tier 2 and 3 cities are becoming more aware and demanding. The 4G revolution is promising to trigger the next wave of smartphone growth with 4G enabled devices already overtaking 3G devices as the largest smartphone category,” said Jaideep Mehta, managing director, IDC South Asia.

“With the first time mobile phone users coming on a smartphone, it will be their only connected device which meets all of their internet and entertainment needs” added Swapnil Bhatnagar, research director, IDC India.

Chinese retailers like Lenovo, Motorola and Xiaomi are due to its quality brand, superior features and value of money are receiving the big market portion in these cities,” Swapnil noted.(IANS)

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Panasonic Boosts Smart Factory Business in India

Panasonic also plans to open a technical centre for its smart factory solutions which will act as a strategic base that validates smart factories with customers and be used as a training centre

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Panasonic also launches mobile computing devices in India. Flickr

Targeting Rs.1,000 crore in revenue in India from its Smart Factory solutions in the next three years, Japanese electronics major Panasonic has announced it has integrated its welding business and SMT (Surface Mount Technology) equipment business into one Smart Manufacturing Solutions company.

The smart factory solutions proposition will enable Panasonic to deliver high value-added smart solutions and services along with world-class hardware to the manufacturing industry, the company said in a statement late on Wednesday.

The company targets to achieve Rs 1,000 crore in revenue from its smart factory business in the next three years in India, with solutions and digital manufacturing expected to contribute 15 per cent to the total smart factory business revenue.

“India is adopting new-age technologies such as 5G, IoT, AI and others at a rapid pace and we will only see more investment in these technologies as we move forward,” said Hiroyuki Aota, President and CEO, Global Panasonic Smart Factory Solutions.

“To be able to cater to these growing demands, having the right and smart capabilities in manufacturing will be key, and this is what we are addressing today,” he added.

The smart factory solutions mean integrated line management system (ILNB), automated process tracker, digital reporting system and more.

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Panasonic. IANS

Panasonic’s recently introduced solution ILNB can communicate with the entire line of machinery and can automate up to 70-80 per cent of manual processes.

The digital reporting system allows real-time access to information, helping build agility and overall transparency of systems.

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“The key technology to realise a Smart Factory is to connect various equipments through the Internet of Things (IoT), synchronize them and collect and control data in real time for entire production processes,” said Manish Sharma, President & CEO Panasonic India.

Panasonic also plans to open a technical centre for its smart factory solutions which will act as a strategic base that validates smart factories with customers and be used as a training centre. (IANS)