mBillionth Award: Rewarding innovations in mobile technology
July 21, 2012
33 winners announced in various categories which include business, health, education and governance
Winners of mBillionth Award South Asia 2013, which seeks to promote innovations in mobile technologies for better governance, rural development and inclusive growth, were announced on Thursday. The award honours innovations in mobile applications and service delivery. As many as 33 winners were announced in various categories which include business and commerce and banking, education and learning, entertainment, health and governance. Here’s a look at a few of the winners.
Product: Mobile Seva
Provider: Government of India
The service, launched by the department of electronics and information technology, has been created to provide government services to citizens on their mobile phones through SMS, interactive voice response, location-based services and through applications downloadable from a dedicated appstore (http://apps.mgov.gov.in). The project is being implemented by the Centre for development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). Through this application, citizens can interact with government departments for 212 public services over SMS.
As a part of this initiative, C-DAC has created a centralized platform, named mobile Service Delivery Gateway (mSDG), to provide a one-stop solution to central and state government departments for their entire mobile-based public service delivery needs. The SMS facility has been operational since July 2011 and so far 480 central and state government departments are using it for providing SMS-based services. Over 99 million SMS notifications have been sent to citizens under the project for various services. The figures stand testimony to Mobile Seva’s easy integration with any government department or agency for delivery of public services.