Sabarmati Jail has become the first prison in India to own a satellite link for tele-medicine and tele-education centre at its campus (in collaboration with ISRO, Apollo Hospitals and Gujarat Vidyapith).

The SAC, ISRO has provided a satellite link to the prison department free of cost. The cost of the hardware is approximately Rs 5 lakh while usage charges are Rs 4,000 an hour. If the facility is used for two hours every day, the cost would roughly be at Rs 30,00,000 a year. For the Government as well as for the prison, the savings effected in terms of transportation of inmates for medical emergencies round the year to the hospitals would be significant – source

SMS in local language

Researchers at IIT M and CEWIT (Centre for Excellence in Wireless Technology) have developed a 7-bit encoding scheme for 22 Indian languages that will not just help people send SMSes in Tamil, Marathi or Assamese but also transliterate scripts keyed in one language into another.

The technology has been approved by 3GPP and operators as well as VAS providers have agreed to adopt the technology (source).

“A mobile phone’s SMS capacity is only 140 bytes (8 bits constitute a byte). For sending an SMS in English we need just 7 bits per character. Therefore, the maximum characters that you can send in one SMS is 160 characters (140 bytes x 8 bits / 7 bits per character). However, Unicode which supports all languages in the world requires 16 bits per character, which would have restricted one regional language SMS to just 70 characters. So we decided to develop a 7-bit encoding system which will allow users to send 160 characters in the regional language,”

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