So what’s hot this week in Bengaluru? The latest updates suggest that local authorities are finally adopting the technological advancements that India’s Silicon Valley has to offer. Let’s have a look at the weekly round-up of the interesting developments from the tech city to know how.
Ola starts on-demand auto rickshaw pilot in Bangalore
After M Gaadi, the largely unorganized three wheeler market has another entrant. Ola is now piloting its on-demand auto rickshaw service in Bangalore, in a bid to tap into the unorganised three wheeler market. While the former has about 10,000 drivers on its fleet, Ola has about 300 autos in Bangalore for this experiment. ET reported that the drivers have been given a Huawei handset for booking and tracking and a bank account for the drivers has been opened as well. Both the market players charge a convenience fee of Rs. 10.
Now, file FIRs from Malls with remote FIR filing system by Bangalore Police
Instead of going to a police station to file a complaint about a crime, people in Bangalore can now go to a mall. In its efforts to become more accessible the Bangalore police has launched a remote FIR registration system in a collaboration with IT networking giants Cisco. The remote FIR filing system, located on a three month pilot basis at the popular Mantri Mall in west Bangalore, was inaugurated on Friday by Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah.
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Bangalore police release new software that tracks city’s criminals
Bangalore police have come out with a software which not only stores the photograph and personal details of the criminal, it will have his or her voice/video recording as well. This info will be available to all police stations with just one click. In case of a crime such as robbery, victims will be shown these recordings and it will make the job of identification easier. The details of more than 35,000 Modus operandi bureau (MOB) criminals, 4,000 rowdy sheeters, and more than 2,500 history sheeters will be stored in the software. Though this doesn’t come as a surprise in India’s IT capital, we aren’t complaining as better late than never.
Bengaluru’s oldest folk festival kicks off
Starting Monday, the two-day Kadalekai Parishe (groundnut fair) got underway on the iconic Bull Temple Road. Groundnut traders and farmers have occupied more than one kilometre stretch of the road and the bylanes around the Bull Temple in Basavanagudi. The festival which started out as a folk fair during the reign of the city’s founder Kempe Gowda in the early 16th Century is now organised by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the State’s Religious Endownment Department.
‘Healthizen’ mobile phone app launched
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launched the ‘Healthizen’ mobile phone app in Bengaluru on Monday. The app, which can be downloaded onto Android phones, can be used to bring to the notice of the Health department any shortcomings in government hospitals, including on the hygiene front, along with a photograph clicked using the phone. The app has a GPS link, making it possible to pinpoint the location from where the complaint has been sent. The app and its accompanying processes were designed by a team of students from NIT Surathkal,