The Government has selected many companies from all over India to develop a desi zoom rival for video calling. The government is also going to provide a fund amount of Rupees 5 lakhs initially as told by a government official to Economic Times.
The main aim is to make it reach to a global level. Jaipur based Data Ingenious, HCL Technologies, Zoho Corp, Hyderabad based People-Link, Aria Telecom, CyberHorizon Corp, Darsh, Instrive Softlabs are among the companies that have been shortlisted.
A further plan is to shortlist 3 out of these 10 companies, and they will be funded with 20 lakh, to develop a complete solution. The winning company will get to deploy its solution for the central and state government.
Jaipur’s Data Ingenious has been credited with creating the first linguistic email access and instant messenger solution in 19 languages.
Ajay Data, the Chief of the Data Ingenious further added that India doesn’t have many software products that can compete with any other video calling software currently, though there are services which are have become very popular.
“There are many advantages of having an Indian VC product, one is that the solution can be in all Indian languages, and it can be locally hosted. This is important since when the video is recorded say for legal purposes, it should be stored in India and the encryption key should also be available in India. This is not possible with foreign VC tools.” Sarv Webs also from Jaipur, Soulpage IT Solutions, Techgentsia Software Technologies, and VaC are also part of the ten company list.
After the third and final round, the company with the best solution will get a contract to deploy it for use by the Government of India, State Government entities for a period of 4 years. Initially, 1 crore will be given in the first year and an additional of Rs 10 lakh for three consecutive years for maintenance and operational services of the solution for the Government.