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Bringing Healthcare closer to the ‘aam aadmi’

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Scan is used to diagnose diseases. It is an important diagnostic procedure that enables the discovery of a disease, without exposure to harmful radiation. In India the scan usual costs about Rs. 2,500 – 5,000 and is often out of the reach of the poor and the lower-middle class. As a result, despite it being essential to detecting many life-threatening conditions, patients often avoid getting it done, thus posing a huge risk.

Surat Manav Seva Sangh popularly known as Chhanyado, is a pioneering charitable trust that has taken a huge step towards resolving this issue. This is facilitated by Siemens’ technology, MAGNETOM ESSENZA, that enables MRI scans at low cost, often at half the price or at times even fee, paving the way for an effective healthcare system for the common man.

Based in Surat, Gujarat, the trust attracts people from within and around the city. Yet another notable aspect of it is that the profits generated are used to facilitate the operation of a dialysis centre that provides service at a subsidized rate.

For more information visit: http://sie.ag/1dU2qHZ

Endowing students – The Siemens Scholarship

Technical education today is widely thought to be the building block of the nation; it is thought to help invent the future with its myriad, new innovations that enhance the quality of life.

And to give an impetus to technical education, Siemens has introduced a new Corporate Citizenship initiative – the Siemens Scholarship for engineering students.

The scholarship gives opportunities to eligible students who can’t afford the high tuition fees to pursue an engineering degree. It covers a complete program that comprises training and projects. This helps instill students with a deep understanding of the discipline. In addition to tuition fees, the scholarship also covers allowances for books and stationary.

In the 1st year of the launch, the scholarship program covers a gamut of 40 government engineering colleges spread across Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

To view details of this scheme, visit this link: www.siemens.co.in/scholarship

A Litre of Dreams

The seeds of cooperative farming in India were sown in 1904 when the 1st Cooperative Societies Act was passed. Since then the cooperative movement has made significant progress in all realms. Operation Flood has been at the epicenter of these movements and has been instrumental in making farmers self-sufficient.

This superb success story of Operation Flood has been brought to the fore by a supremely consistent automation process that dairies across India encompass. Powered by Siemens, this ensures quality and consistency of production.

Today, the Operation Flood can be attributed to making India the largest producer of milk that serves its urban and rural milieu alike. This cooperative movement has not only helped sustain the livelihoods of dairy farmers but also enriched the diets of Indians across demographic strata. It has also given a new lease to life, new opportunities to many and helped weave narratives of many heart-warming success stories.

We bring to you one such story of Poonam and her family. Dairy farming played a decisive role in sustaining the livelihood and enhancing the income of this family. Watch the video where Poonam tells us this story.

Project Asha wins Siemens an Award

For 28 years, Television for the Environment has been inspiring change for a greener, fairer world through short films. They enable best practice companies and regional and local governments from around the world to inspire change by providing a global platform for the films.

Siemens India participated in the Television for the Environment Global Sustainability Awards and won a Runners-Up Award in the Community Investment category. The Community Investment category has short films that inspire audiences by demonstrating how companies can deliver positive social change by bettering the community through health, education or employment initiatives.

The short film shows how Siemens in partnership with an NGO, Aroehan initiated a unique Corporate Citizenship initiative called, Project Asha (Hope).

Amla, a hamlet in Mokhada, Thane was plagued with problems such as illiteracy, malnutrition, poverty, etc. Siemens and Aroehan came into Amla for bringing about a change in the village. Through interventions towards clean drinking water, better health and hygiene, education and renewable energy, Siemens demonstrated how technology could transform rural India and make it sustainable.

Siemens also played a role in enabling farmers of Amla on modern agricultural techniques, facilitating them to connect with the market with their farm produce thus improving their livelihood opportunities. These changes have bettered the lives of over 380 Tribal villagers in and around the village of Amla.

This sustainable model can be applied to over 6,00,000 villages across India by adapting to renewable energy and redeveloped natural resources. This would not only resuscitate the depleting livelihoods of the people but would also develop a self-reliant Rural India.

Home-cooked meals…Across the city.

Mumbai’s prolific dabbawala industry has sustained itself through 125 years, attaining levels of proficiencies that find mention in curricula of business schools across the world.  A six sigma rating, a lineage of over a century of service, an annual growth rate to the tune of 10 percent, the story of the dabbawala is an exemplary one, one that deserves to be told, especially to the 200,000 customers who benefit from their service every day.

In an attempt to bring the story to the fore, Siemens conceptualized a first-of-its-kind activity in June 2013. We partnered with the 5000 odd workforce of the dabbawalas to bring specially tagged ‘dabbas’ with QR codes, to its customers.

 

Scanning the QR code led the customers to a webpage which narrated the story of the humble dabbawala through the eyes of Kiran Gawande, a dabbawala. The film, shot by Vikram Sinha, gave viewers an insight into a day in the life of the dabbawalas while highlighting how they accomplish the herculean task of delivering 200,000 dabbas in a single day with the help of seamless co-ordination and dedication.

Customers even got an opportunity to win a year’s service of free dabba delivery, by participating in the online quiz called ‘On-The-Dot’. The quiz was well received with over 55 entries received in a matter of 2 days. The winners of the quiz were announced on 20th September.

You can watch the video showcasing the remarkable partnership of Siemens and the dabbawalas – a partnership that ‘delivers’.

 

Empowering you to create sustainable cities – Siemens Power Matrix

Siemens Power matrix is an exciting, online game that helps understand the mechanisms that contribute to building sustainable energy reserves for a city. The game uses a fun format to inform its users of the deficit of non-renewable energy resources in cities brought about by rapid urbanization and development.

Research indicates that cities consume about three-quarters of the world’s fossil fuel reserves. Illumination of homes and commercial buildings, transportation and industry are some of the largest users of energy reserves.

The pattern of consumption for each need is found to vary with the average levels of wealth and degree of development. In the wealthier, industrialized cities of the world: Tokyo, Bologna, Greater London & Seoul, lighting residential & commercial buildings were found to expend the largest chunk of energy, followed by transportation & industry. In middle-income cities of the world like Mexico, Hong Kong and Cape Town, transportation followed by illumination of buildings made the maximum demand on energy reserves. In cities of the developing world, industries made for the most demanding consumers.

Another New-Age development that has been fast tapping into energy reserves are the internet & other wireless communication systems – these rely largely on hardware that draw power from non-renewable sources of energy.

Siemens Power Matrix is created to help you understand the functioning of modern energy systems by creating a digital city whose energy reserves you, as the user or participant in the game, regulate. As a user, you are asked to create an energy mix that sustains your digital city; if you generate the maximum amount of energy at the lowest level of utilization of the city’s resources, you stand a chance to win the game.

So gear up and try your hand at this exciting, new game – do your bit to build sustainable cities. Visit: http://www.powermatrixgame.com/en/index.html

Help us in turning the Earth a little greener – World Environment Day.

Reducing emissions and energy consumption to promote sustainable development has always been a part of Siemens’ 160-year-old tradition of innovation.  On World Environment Day, this year, Siemens upped the ante on innovation and created , unique narrative for finding solutions to the challenges of world sustenance by introducing the seed paper.

This unique initiative was introduced in partnership with Mint, a leading English business. Through its Mumbai and New Delhi editions, seeds of marigold plant were embedded into the newspaper, which could be sowed in a flower pot. 

Siemens also extended this initiative at its headquarters in Worli, Mumbai. Employees were provided with seeds and a special pot to plant the same in, to help create a greener future.

Siemens asks you to be a part of the initiative, to do your bit to contribute to the sustainable development of the world. Be part of Siemens’ vision of creating sustainable lives, careful use of energy resources and a cleaner environment. Join hands to create a greener tomorrow – sow the seed paper, today.  

Railway communications get a smart make-over.

The most widely used and relied mode of transportation, trains, play an integral part in taking thousands of people to their desired destination daily. Disruption in this service can be quite a challenge. In the current scenario, with individual departments of rail operators responding to disruptions independently it becomes difficult to coordinate and tackle the situation.

To address this gap, Siemens developed a system through which there is better communication between trains. The technology makes it easy for Rail Traffic Controllers to take decisions on specific problems. With access to location of trains across the city, they can plan rerouting of trains in case of emergencies. And due to its better networking, maintenance personnel in the railways can take quicker decisions on whether a replacement train is required to fix a situation or to send technicians with necessary equipment’s at the site. Through this system, people from different departments can work simultaneously and provide effective solutions in shorter time. This technology can even be converted into a “Train delay app” for smartphones that would provide rail travelers with information on train schedules and delays.

Working like a live GPS Map that provides real-time information about trains across a city this large multi-touch table device is a giant replica of a smartphone. The advantage with this tool is that it provides optimized solutions to problems too! Paying it forward with a smart make-over for railways, Siemens has simplified decision-making.

Empowering SMEs on the go!

There are a lot ambitious dreamers out there who are tired of working for others and can’t stop thinking of starting their own business. They are ready to face the challenge of setting up a venture and reap the fruits of their business in the long. But this dream can crash faster than one could imagine without the right backing and resources to help in managing the business especially for those in small cities away from industrial hubs or not tech-savy.

Understanding this need, Siemens Industry Sector recently launched the ‘Siemens Productivity Tour’, a nation-wide, multi-city mobile road show aimed at empowering small and medium manufacturing enterprises across India with technologies for productivity and efficiency.

This ‘Productivity Tour’ intends to acquaint entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises with business models and technologies that would help achieve flexible, future ready and highly productive integrated systems for their business. Videos and live technical demos would also be used as presentation aids.

Some of the key SMEs to be reached through this tour are automotive, medical, aerospace, power, F&B, packaging, textile, printing and pharmaceutical industries. Starting from Delhi, this tour will cover 204 locations in 86 cities across India.

You too can catch up with this tour. Just visit http://productivitytour.siemens.co.in/

how Amla became ‘Project Asha’

hope can be stronger that fate, and the residents of village Amla are a testament to that notion. the people of Amla have been living under a tree of hope for the past 4 decades, a hope of a better tomorrow. located 140 kms from Mumbai, Amla is devoid of any basic necessities forget modern technology.

partnering with the NGO AROEHAN, Siemens executives visited the village to analyze and understand the issues faced by the residents. to understand their plight better, Siemens involved the residents and asked them to identify the issues they face on a day-to-day basis. they were also asked to point out the available resources in the village that can be used during the redevelopment phase. once the issues and the resources were highlighted, a redevelopment plan was sketched out by Siemens.

after spending sometime planning the redevelopment, Siemens set out to bring a change and pay it forward. the village is currently undergoing the necessary changes and once completed, the villagers will be able to see  their age long hope of electricity, water, year-long food, and more becoming a reality.

Amle – a beacon of hope

 

located 130 kms away from Mumbai, the village of Amle can hardly be located on a map. its obscure identity has made the village aloof from all development in its years of existence. the residents of the village can’t meet their daily basic necessities, like food, water, education or healthcare.

however, these discrepancies haven’t derailed their hope for a better life. little children finish their homework in candlelit rooms, while their parents cook in near darkness, in the absence of electricity. and when they need medical treatment, they walk 40 kms to the nearest health centre located in the next village.

as any other Indian village, their primary income is from agriculture and due to their poor economic state; they depend entirely on rains for irrigation. this makes agriculture a yearly affair, making it very difficult for them to obtain food for any sort of nourishment.

there are over 600,000 villages in this country, out of which several of them are in a similar condition as Amle is in.

our aim is to bring hope and change into their lives, so that they can enjoy the basic necessities a modern society has to offer.

Breast cancer awareness – self examination can aid in a successful treatment

for the last couple of decades, breast cancer has been a major cause of worry for the women in India. although our healthcare industry has improved, the fear of being detected with cancer cripples most of the women from getting tested. though it is natural to feel fear, it is equally harmful to notice changes and not pay any heed to it. as early detection is instrumental in achieving a successful breast cancer treatment, it is important to learn the basics of self examination, which can be performed at the privacy of your house.

a few simple self examination steps will help you diagnose yourself and allow you to make an informed decision. for further information on self examination tips, visit http://bit.ly/Pp7MkP

Siemens creates 1st high-power test lab in India

we are not a stranger to the fact that India is swiftly becoming one of the major countries in the world, where new opportunities are cropping up every day.  Siemens, as a company, has always looked for opportunities that can help a country progress, and remaining true to this ideology, it is building the country’s  1st high-power test laboratory.

this will be india’s 1st 756kv test laboratory, situated at Bina, Madhya Pradesh. not only has Siemens been trusted with the construction of the lab, but also to maintain the plant for the next five years, essentially becoming an end-to-end solution provider.

the test lab will help national power utilities and equipment manufacturers cut costs and time as there will be no need for them to head to international destinations for testing.  in addition, the lab will open its doors to international power equipment manufacturers and generate revenue.

the project is already underway and will be commissioned mid-2013.

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Efficient industrial drives – taking energy conservation to new heights

electric motors and drives have been an integral part of our daily lives, be it for home use, manufacturing plants or industrial facilities. it has been calculated that around 70% of energy used in industrial facilities is consumed by electric drives and motors. this makes the use of energy efficient drives a necessity, and Siemens electric drives are designed to conserve energy.

in this world of innovation, we have designed a family of drives that will cover all aspects of performance required for industrial production – sinamics. as these drives have a unified operating procedure, their components can be integrated into specific industrial situations without any hassle.

these next gen motors and drives give substantial saving and a way to reach maximum efficiency – both of which are necessary for a low-cost production in an industrial facility.

Smart grids – paving the road for a sustainable future

we have always used the word smart in our everyday life and never really realized the true potential of it. Siemens however did and has redefined the word and brought a fresh perspective to it with its smart grid technology and distributed power management system.

distributed power management system coupled with smart grid technology will help us achieve a more efficient, reliable and decentralized energy network system across the globe.

electric grids are slowly undergoing an overhaul and are being replaced by smart grids. as these grids are developing into a decentralized energy network to provide superior efficiency, reliability must also be kept in mind and that’s where the Siemens’ distribution power management system comes into play.

in short, a smarter distribution system will only help improve the operations of a smart grid.

Electromobility & Smart Grids – For a Sustainable Future

smart grid applications are not just limited to power supply stations, rather it has invaded major business segments, and one field it will inevitably make a large difference is, e-mobility. the fundamental idea of a smart grid is the supply of efficient and reliable energy in an automated fashion thus minimizing time and effort.

Siemens is currently researching on wireless electric charging stations, which will minimize the time needed for charging thus cutting out tedious work of attaching cables.

in addition, smart automated infrastructures and electric battery charged cars can act as massive energy storage units which the city can tap into anytime through the smart grid. the co-operation between smart grids and electric cars will only make the planet, greener and sustainable.

Making Maharashtra ‘smart’ with its electric grid technology

if you live in the greater Mumbai region then you must have been annoyed by the frequent power outage that inflicts your locality. however, it will soon be a thing of the past, as 8 cities around the state will see Siemens making their life a little better.

not only will Siemens be developing and implementing the smart grid but will also help the state electricity board with managing the same, helping it learn. when the grid is complete, it will help the state improve electricity in these 8 cities by at least 15%.

Siemens smart grid technology will make normal electric grids a thing of the past; subsequently reducing cost by providing efficient power supply around the world.

Smart grids – redefining future with finesse

our idea of an electric grid is an interconnected network of transformers delivering electricity from the suppliers to consumers. welcome to the future of electric grids; smart grids – they not only perform the regular function of any electric grids but do it with finesse.

they act on an automated fashion using information and communications technology to improve on efficiency, reliability, economics, and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity. however, implementation of smarter grids means a basic re-engineering of the electricity service industry.

one of the best things about implementing a Siemens smart grid solution is that the end consumers become “prosumers”, which means that not only will he act as a power consumer but also a power producer. this way the consumer can control their power consumption in a cost-optimized and environmentally responsible manner.

smart grid solutions from Siemens are set to redefine the future of the energy, emobility and other business segments. progress in the field of energy automation, data communication, rail electrification, electromobility, etc will make way for more efficient and smarter grids.

electric motors set to drive into the future

since over 170 years, electric motors have successfully been adopted by all segments of industry and most importantly the automotive segment.

compared to combustion engines, electric motors reach full torque at low rotational speed allowing higher acceleration and quick forward motion, providing greater driving comfort.

electric vehicles from Siemens provide superior efficiency, which means that it can convert almost its entire electrical energy into kinetic energy. in addition, the braking energy is regenerated, turning the motor into a generator, a feature which is not available in cars with combustion engines.  if someone has driven an electric vehicle, they would agree that it is more comfortable and cost effective as compared to fuel driven cars.

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