Swansea University researchers explore mobile tech in Bangalore

Researchers from Swansea University have visited Bangalore in India to discover the mobile technology it offers.

The trip took place over a two-week period and saw the research team undertake studies and facilitate a two-day summit with experts drawn from high-tech companies, NGOs and universities. It was hosted at the Microsoft Research Lab in the city.

This coincided with the launch of Digital India, an ambitious initiative that seeks to integrate government departments and the people of the country.

Professor Matt Jones, who led the visit, said: “There are hundreds of millions of people in the world who have low access to technology, grid-power, data services, literacy and educational opportunities.

“This visit enabled user groups that would not normally have access to advanced mobile technology to experience using devices and participate in the development of ideas for the future.

“User groups included auto rickshaw drivers, an after school club and a women’s domestic workers’ collective. As well as studies in Bangalore, similar workshops were held in a township in Cape Town, South Africa and in Nairobi, Kenya.

“Also, to enhance relations across the globe, and to showcase the potential and reach of mobile technologies, we sent data to Brynmill Primary School back in Swansea from the Bangalore school club and the Brynmill class responded with their own visions of the future that were relayed to the children in India.”