STMicroelectronics Partners with Gaia to Develop Smart Feedback System

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Gaia’s Smart Feedback System is designed around STMicroelectronics’ STM32 microcontroller technology that serves as the system’s brain

STMicroelectronics, a leading global semiconductor company, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Gaia Smart Cities Solutions Pvt Ltd to create a citizen smart feedback system for Government of India’s Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission.

The collaborative efforts are aimed at enabling the smart transformation of cities and enterprises by way of real-time feedback gathered at multiple points in the product and service delivery chain.

Initially, the two companies will focus on collecting feedback from users regarding cleanliness of public utilities provided by the government. The comprehensive solution can be adapted to collect feedback from users at airports, metro stations, railways, and facilities such as warehouses, retail stores and hospitals as well as public spaces, restaurants and shopping malls.

The Smart Feedback System by Gaia takes input from the user and then sends it to the cloud via the cellular network. A secure cloud application gathers and assess the feedback to produce statistics for each node on the network. The data can recognise problems in real-time and be utilised for incentive-based payment schemes depending on the user feedback.

The system is designed around STMicroelectronics’ STM32 microcontroller technology that serves as the system’s brain and uses a number of other components for power management, data storage and battery charging.

Fostering innovation

Commenting on the development, Vivek Sharma, Managing Director India, STMicroelectronics, said, “Our mission at ST is to encourage and support the start-up ecosystem and this collaboration with Gaia is an example of fostering innovation to create real value.”

“Gaia’s Smart Feedback System is one result of ST India’s initiative to provide both the right environment and the technical know-how to promote start-ups in the Electronic Design domain,” he added.

Sumit Chowdhury, CEO, Gaia Smart Cities India, said, “With Gaia’s hardware design team working tightly with ST engineers, we have had a deep, enriching, innovation-led collaboration with ST India. In developing the Smart Feedback System, we have leveraged the STartUP Lab at ST Noida and guidance from local and visiting ST technical teams, including access to and connections with European markets, clients, and channel partners through ST.”

Till now, Gaia has supplied around 4000 Smart Feedback System nodes. This includes over 300 nodes supplied to airports across the country, as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Powered by ST technologies, the product is manufactured and sold directly by Gaia.

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