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IBM Driving Job Growth Through Mobile Cloud in India

Effort in Bangalore Area Involves Local Vocational Organization

IBM is working in the Bangalore, India area with the Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC) to develop new jobs through mobile Cloud Computing. The state organization is part of India's Department of Labor.

Despite India's emergence on the world economic stage, per capita income there remains among the lowest 25% among the nations of the world. IBM statistics show that only 7% of the country's people have access to the Internet, yet sees opportunity in a wider spread use of mobile phones and services.

Thus, IBM and the Indian state are planning to deploy something called the Spoken Web, described by IBM as "a system that is comparable to the World Wide Web using speech technology and the telephone, whether landline or mobile."

"Spoken Web helps people create voice sites using their telephones," according to Paul Bloom, CTO/Telecommunications with IBM Research. "This project is a powerful example of how we can take advantage of societal trends and infuse them with technology to solve real problems in growth economies."

With the Spoken Web, users get a unique phone number that's equivalent to a URL. When other users access this voice site they get to hear whatever content has been uploaded, according to IBM.

The goal of this project is "to help millions of people across the state find work," according to Dr. Vishnukanth Chatpalli, Executive Director of KVTSDC. "A new cloud computing platform will allow job seekers and job providers to connect, expand searches and cross reference candidates, get training and certifications, understand emerging job trends and share information all through their mobile devices and in their local languages."

A mobile crowdsourcing platform will enable candidates to rank and refer jobs to one another and drive rapid dissemination of available opportunities, according to IBM. Skill-matching techniques will be used to match job seekers with available, jobs while employability analytics will theoretically allow employers and the government to understand demand and supply trends.

The project's first phase will be implemented in two districts, with plans to expand to eight more districts in a second phase.

The government of India wants to have 500 million skilled people in its workforce by the year 2022. The Karnataka state project is the first of its kind in the country, according to Dr. Chatpalli.

My view of all this? Winning. Duh.

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.