Focused Conference & Exhibition Telematics India and South Asia 2015 Date & Venue TBC

Agenda still in Production 

We have independently researched the key topics for this year’s agenda. Here’s the full list of thought leading sessions that took place last May 2014.

Last Year's Conference Agenda in Full

Check out the full two day agenda below

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Day One

9.00am Registration and coffee

10.00 - 10.30am Official Opening of the Event

Guest of Honour: Mr. Roshan Baig, Hon'ble Minister for Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka
Chief Guest: Mr. Ramalinga Reddy, Hon’ble minister for Transport, Government of Karnataka


10.30 - 11.05am Telematics Takes Hold in India

Telematics is a nascent market, but already plays a key role in the automotive industry. We take a look at market drivers, areas of growth and future trends.

  • Identify the key drivers of telematics, such as investment from legislation and exponential growth in smart phone sales to predict in-car infotainment growth
  • Determine the cost benefits of telematics in the commercial space such as reducing fuel theft and keeping drivers on route to drive down overall costs for fleet managers
  • Take a look at the improvements to loss ratios usage based insurance brings to insurers in order to build partnerships that will put your products at the forefront of this road revolution

Vijay Kakade, Director, Automotive & Transportation, Frost & Sullivan

11.05 - 11.40am Urban Renewal - the Key to Growth

Legislation is a key driver of nascent markets. Hear from bureaucrats what their plans are for regulating the Indian telematics industry with regards to safety and security

  • Understand the government's mind-set re. telematics such as their goals for overall safety and security to create solutions complete with the services that will be government endorsed
  • Discuss the differing state regulations such as which cities the Nirbhaya Fund will be implemented to devise solutions tailored to the local policy with local partners
  • Look at how traffic management and road safety is improving due to new services e.g. public surveillance and traffic control systems to keep up to date with developments that will dominate

Anjum Parwez, Managing Director, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation 

11.40am - 12.10pm COFFEE BREAK

12.10 - 12.45pm The Ecosystem Explained

Understanding the ecosystem of this expanding market is key to assessing where business opportunities lie. Hear from the relevant stakeholders how the key players interact.

  • Take a look at the current structural changes of the marketplace such as content providers evolving into service providers to devise strategic partnerships and maintain influence
  • Assess the product development trajectory of game changing companies such as Vodafone to integrate aspects of these ground breaking business into your own
  • Examine cross-functional industries such as the m-Health segment and the synergies between auto such as impact notification to widen potential product uses and client bases

Sirish Batchu, General Manager, Head - Infotronics Technology, Mahindra & Mahindra

Mobile Infrastructure

12.45 - 1.20pm The Nuts & Bolts of Connectivity

Wireless carriers are a critical catalyst for the expansion of the telematics industry. We explore how connectivity can be leveraged.

  • Telematics apps are increasingly data intensive: We take a look at the varying connectivity including 3G, 4G, Wi-fi and multiple SIM cards to determine which best supports telematics
  • Exponential growth in smartphone use drives an 'always on, always connected' consumer mind-set. How can the auto market take advantage of this to increase uptake of telematics?
  • Take a look at the pros and cons of billing plans such as pay per use, subscription or freemium to decide which will build consumer delight and in turn drive revenue

Himanshu Melwani, Product Head - Enterprise Mobility & Voice Solutions, Bharti Airtel Ltd

1.20pm - 2.20pm LUNCH


2.20 - 2.55pm An Auto Maker Perspectives

Automotive manufacturers have the final say on the look, feel and functionality of a telematics system. We hear from JCB what their specific requirements are and how they are incorporating telematics into their business plan.Take a look how telematics solutions make your company more efficient such as through its monitoring uptime service and the positive affect this will have on revenue

  • Examine the benefits of big data such as faster response times and to partnering with outside organisations to access new revenue streams
  • Take a look at JCB’s livelink and how it makes your company more efficient such as through its monitoring uptime service and the positive affect on revenue this will have
  • Discuss the utility of m2m connectivity such as in site management to greatly improve the efficacy of your business and reduce costs

Sanjeev Arora, EVP - Product Development, Innovation & Growth, JCB India

2.55 - 3.35pm Next-Gen Value Added Services

Certain services drive business growth, cut costs and improve organisation. We examine which services these are and how they achieve it in India.

  • Assess the demand for safety and security through services such as geo-fencing to establish a strategy that takes advantage of future growth and customer demand
  • Prevention's better than cure! See how remote vehicle diagnostics spots vehicle malfunctions early on to reduce maintenance and repair costs - an attractive prospect that boosts sales
  • Take into account the driving culture in India of long journey's on congested roads to build an infotainment suite of services in line with customer demand - whilst keeping safety in mind

Anil Kumar Gupta, Practice Head - Telematics and Infotainment, Infosys
Sundar Ganapathi, Engineering Manager - Infotainment/Telematics, General Motors
Amit Chakravarty,VP, Product Support, Trak N Tell

Moderator: Cyril Zeller, VP Global Solutions, Telit

3.35pm - 4.05pm - COFFEE BREAK

4.05 - 4.45pm The Spotlight Falls on Usage Based Insurance

We explore business models of UBI to lower costs and reap financial benefits to both sellers and buyers in this industry.

  • Identify the financial benefits of UBI for commercial and personaline drivers such cargo security and reduced premiums respectively to highlight the definitive ROI for each customer
  • Who owns the data? Understand the legal framework developing between telematics service providers, logistics, insurers and the consumer to mitigate legal liability
  • Explore the potential for open platforms to amass data and enable seamless UBI data exchange to accurately create benchmarks for driver behaviour telemetry

Vishnu Sundaram, Director - Engineering, Harman
Mr.Pitiphong, VP of Personal Line Business, Bangkok Insurance
Manu Tayal, General Manager, Happiest Minds

Moderator: Cyril Zeller, VP Global SolutionsTelit

4.45 - 5.20pm Case Study: Marsh and Transworld

Vikram Puri, Managing Director and CEO, Transworld

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Day Two

9.00am Registration and coffee


10.00 - 10.35am The Government Invests

The authorities are taking the lead and providing high levels of investment to accelerate the development of telematics systems. We assess this funding.

  • Discuss tenders such as the Nirbhaya Fund which includes investment for geo-fencing and connected panic buttons etc. to identify opportunities and secure big government contracts
  • Understand the balance of cost saving vs. quality to ensure solutions fulfil their promise and investment bodies see long term satisfaction, building loyalty and driving further investment
  • Take a look at the vehicle types Gov.t investment pertains to and their relevant services such as vehicle tracking for taxis or buses to devise an appropriate services suite

Sameer Ahmed, Owner, Blue Ocean Solutions and Services Pvt. Ltd
Abhijit B Mulay, DGM, Automotive Electronics, ARAI
Anjum Parwez, Managing Director, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation 
Moderator: Krish Varadarajan, Sr. Managing Director, and India Project Leader, Induct Solutions Pvt Ltd

Business Models

10.35 - 11.10am Know your Customer - Improve Loyalty

Positive customer experience is a vital aspect to any sustainable telematics business model. We discuss how this can be achieved in a few simple steps.

  • Take a look at the ROI of aftercare and on-site services such as providing support at both investment stage & for use of the system resulting in a larger, loyal customer base
  • Understand the difference between attached and non-attached fleets and the ROI each receives from telematics vs investment potential to build a scalable business model
  • Determine how to angle telematics sales pitches at the right level of previous awareness, e.g. what is telematics, what is the ROI or how to implement to result in a contented customer

Chandrika Shetty, Head of Telematics India, Volvo

11.10 - 11.40am - COFFEE BREAK

11.40am - 12.20pm In-Car Infotainment: The Next Big Trend

Brace yourself for the imminent infotainment revolution set to make its mark on the Indian and South Asian automotive industry.

  • Timing is everything! Get-to-grips with the consumer acceptance trends to ensure launches are timed when this is at its peak. Do smartphone adoption rates hold the key for accurate insights?
  • Take a look at smartphone vs. embedded vs. cloud based solutions to ensure the platform matches the service e.g. embedded for vehicle diagnostics or smartphone for personalised radio
  • Look to Europe and the US for infotainment innovations such as automotive app stores and real-time traffic information to develop an 'in-demand' portfolio of services

Dr Harwinder Jutla, CTO, Tata Elxsi
Sivakumar Yeddnapuddi, Software Technical Manager, Visteon
Ravindra Jain, Department head Production Planning, Maruti Suzuki India
Moderator: Abhijit B Mulay, DGM, Automotive Electronics, ARAI

12.20 - 1.50pm LUNCH

1.50 - 2.30pm India Takes Pointers from Across the Globe

The Indian telematics market necessitates a business model that caters to specific requirements. We discuss what these requirements are and why they matter.

  • We discuss crucial considerations such as customer demand for cutting-edge technology and the price sensitivity of the Indian market to establish which price points will sell
  • Work with rather than against the Indian landscape: Utilise the available information such as points of interest for navigation to build solutions bespoke to the market
  • Decipher the where the initial investment price ceiling sits for customers and the minimum services requirement such as just tracking, to gain customers and upsell at a later date

Abhijit Ghaskadbi, Asst V P Automotive, Tech Mahindra
Mukesh Taneja, Principal Engineer, Cisco
Chandrashekar M S, Manager  - Product Planning, Volvo India 
Moderator: Krish Varadarajan, Sr. Managing Director, and India Project Leader, Induct Solutions Pvt Ltd

2.30 - 3.10pm Logistics Transformed

Telematics provides the perfect solution to many of the logistic sector's problems. We discuss how to maximise efficiency and profit via telematics solutions.

  • Learn how to utilise gradual implementation to reach smaller lorry owners (under 10 vehicles) via the attached fleet through to take advantage of the huge volumes in India
  • Assess the differing service requirements from various fleets such as fuel economy for long haul vs. accurate address finding for local to match solutions with the needs of each business
  • Save money, build trust: Discuss how vehicle tracking can stop fuel & vehicle theft and potential accusations, whilst remote diagnostics can reduce repair and maintenance costs

Ashok Yerneni, CEO, Asset Trackr
Chandrasekhar Konakalla, General Manager- Product Development Engineering, Pricol
Sumit Gulati, Executive Director, Blue Ocean Solutions and Services Pvt. Ltd 
Moderator: Jayant Tewari, PRomoter, CEO & Financial technologist, Out-Sourced CFO

3.10 - 3.45pm Telematics in a Different Light

The technology used in auto telematics is not exclusive to this environment. In many cases companies can offer slight tweaks in their solutions and open doors to other vertical markets.

  • Explore the maturing of the telematics industry from concepts such as M2M into Connected Service Transformation and the ramifications for telematics business strategy
  • Take a look at the Connected Service Transformation in the public space such as m-Health and discuss the implications for broadening your telematics business
  • Put the microscope on India. Discuss reverse innovation in areas such m-Health to see how Indian R&D is impacting technology world-wide to put your business in the global arena

Vijay Anand, Practice Head -M2M Business Solutions, Wipro

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