JAPAN BOSAI PLATFORM (JBP) AND UNDRR ARISE INDIA JOINTLY ORGANISE SECOND WEBINAR ON,” INNOVATIONS, NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND AI – TOOLS FOR MANAGING COMPLEX FUTURE DISASTERS POST COVID19”,
IN COLLABORATION WITH
COALITION OF DISASTER RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE (CDRI) WITH SDGCHOUPAL AS KNOWLEDGE PARTNER & DAINIK BHASKAR AS MEDIA PARTNER
NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN FLOOD MANAGEMENT, QUICK RISK EVALUATION BY MSMEs, HOW TO MAKE VILLAGES SMART, RAPID COVID DETECTION SYSTEMS SHARED BY PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES
In continuation of the ongoing webinar on,”Innovations, New Technologies and Artificial Intelligence – Tools for Managing Complex Future Disasters post COVID19” ,its second edition was organized by JBP and UNDRR ARISE INDIA (FICCI) in collaboration with CDRI, knowledge partner SDG CHOUPAL and DAINIK BHASKAR as Media Partner, on 16 September 2020.
During the webinar, four companies each from Japan and India shared their innovations. From Japan, the companies who gave presentations included CTI Engineering Co Ltd (CTII). Mr Kudo while giving inputs on the company innvoations informed that it dealt in integrated water resource management for floods from rivers, urban flooding and how to meet water shortages. They develop flood management simulations, master plans for flood control and technical assistance for DM administration. Mr Masaaki Ito of Ishiyaki Co Ltd that they have developed FLOOD BUSTER, a new pump gate system for anti inundation measure. Dr Shanthanu Rajasekharan from Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc informed that they have developed innovation in determination of water inundation due to storm surge from cyclones and tsunamis. They also create hazard maps for evacuation planning and design of shorelines. The last Japanese company, Totetsu Mfg Co Ltd through Seiichiroh Takai informed that have developed water storage tanks of capacity upto 50,000 tons for disaster preven tion and mitigation against inundation of areas next to water bodies. Tanks can be underground , semi-subterranean or ground mounted, with large and small size as per requirements .
The four Indian Companies who shared their innovations included RIKA INDIA, Sure Safety, Integrated Institute of Rural Development and Huwel Lifesciences. RIKA means science in Japanese. Dr Ranit Chatterjee, Co Founder informed that the aim of the company was to bring science close to people. They were a recent but fast growing start-up, started from India in 2016 and now had footprints in 13 countries. They daal with disaster risk management and climate change issues, business continuity planning, insurance, urban and peri resilience eco-system, disaster education – technology transfer, architecture – heritage risk management, psycho-social care and in governance and conflict evidence based policy making. They provide services in planning, training and drills, technical studies and assessment, innovations and knowledge products.Very recently they developed QUICK RISK ESTIMATION tool for MSMEs to evaluate their prevailing risks which has been approved by UNDRR for adoption world-over. They also have ventured in social innovations, having promoted social hackathon for Japanese and Indian students of IITs, NIT, VNIT and Keio University. Dr LC Sharma of Integrated Institute of Rural Development, Shimla informed that they had over-reach in 22 Indian states. Its areas of work was multi-faceted to include research and studies, training and capacity development, project planning, designing and implementation , technical support, consultancies and monitoring and evaluation. Their major project Ruralizing India Empowering Villages (RIEV) which in short is to make villages SMART has already been pilot tested in Himachal Pradesh State. The projects aims to generate employment and business opportunities in rural areas, triggering reverse migration (cities to villages), improving standard of living of villagers, invoking 15 out of 17 SDGs and creating livelihood for women in making masks, home delivery of safe vegetables, fruits and groceries, spiru energy bite for developing rich immunity, oyster mushroom cultivation. M/s Sure Safety Ltd was represented by Nishith Dand, MD. He informed that his company was making variety of PPEs for fire-fighters, NBC suits and space suits. The company also provides consultancy on industrial hygiene , hazard management services, training on health and safety training and qualification. Company is also NEBOSH Accredited Centre. The company made the first space suit in the country with approval of ISRO and was awarded best MSME of the year award by FGI. Of late the company has come up with PPE kit for the first responders, for their safety while taking care of COVID19 patients, which has very popular. The last Indian company was Huwel Lifesciences Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad which was represented by Mr Ajai Pratap Singh.He informed that the company was making rapid COVID19 detection system, where the results are out within 20 minutes. The kit has become very popular and was being used by various States of the Indian Union.
Overall it was a very satisfying webinar, which was anchored by Brig (Dr) BK Khanna, CEO, ARISE INDIA from Mr Kochichi Hayashi from JBP. The webinar was attended by a large number of Indian and Japanese companies.