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Technology for Development

Technological innovation is at the heart of sustainable development. Innovation itself is one of the SDGs (Goal 9) and a means for achieving the others. High levels of innovation coupled with technical change has the potential to improve human quality of life while ensuring environmental sustainability at the same time. With in-depth sectoral knowledge and experience, our experts design and implement sustainable and scalable tech-driven solutions that are data driven, collaborative and, result in measurable impacts. The service taps into the transformative capabilities of new technologies to solve traditional challenges in sectors like health, education and so on. It has the potential to unleash economic growth and accelerate global development more so when both the public and private sector are increasing their efforts to promote and leverage innovative technology to create social and economic value.

Our Technology for Development (Tech4D) offerings are driven by the aim of leveraging the IT infrastructure as the means of overcoming the challenges of socio-economic development. The mission of defining the nuances of ‘Smart Governance’ is the guiding principle behind our endeavors and the commitment of acting as catalysts for building a better public service delivery system, empowered by technology enabled reforms for government programs, leveraging community and economic development goals, flagship schemes and national level initiatives. We provide the governments and organizations with the requisite evidence-based approaches of using virtual and augmented reality to improve healthcare, develop assessment mapping tools, support effective monitoring and data visualization and develop ICT systems etc. We have facilitated the development of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning powered tools and solutions for varied fields including for screening of COVID-19 suspect cases. . Besides we have been helping several innovators in commercial validation of Point of Care (POC) devices in diverse areas of clinical care. Our services are tailored to meet the need of developing cutting-edge customizable technological solutions to transform lives of billions of people across the globe and create an impact that shall outlast our involvement.

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IPE Global's Software Development Unit is CMMI Level 3 Certified (Appraisal No #24912)

IPE Global's Software Development Unit in Kolkata has been appraised at Level 3 of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for Development. CMMI Maturity Level 3 identifies that our standard processes are well characterised, understood and established, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods through our Quality Management System (QMS).

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Projects

  • Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI)* II Health system strengthening through improved data analytics and visualization using DHIS -2 platform, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Odisha Madhya Pradesh (2020-2021)

    Data Analytics and visualization are transforming the health care scenario in the country. As a new means of upgrading the health care system, a lot of program data is being generated and collected in the Indian health systems. This exercise can help derive insights on tracking individual practitioner performance and systematic wastage of resources. Dearth of integrated data analytics and data visualization often result in lack of insight generation and unapprised decision-making, leading to sub optimal utilization of resources. In order to mitigate this challenge, NIPI project under IPE Global in collaboration with HISP India is leveraging DHIS-2 platform with an aim to build Data Analytics Platform for NIPI initiatives, Dashboards for NIPI supported interventions, Block level analysis & Dashboards for monitoring of 31 NITI Aayog Health Indicators in the Aspirational districts of Jammu and Kashmir, support Integrating ANMOL and DHIS-2 for data analysis and data visualization of MNCH indicators in Odisha.

  • Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) / Wadhwani Institute of Artificial Intelligence II Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered tool for triaging of COVID-19 suspected clients in Bihar (2020)

    COVID-19 has emerged as a pandemic that is posing a threat to the survival of hundreds and thousands of people. In the light of this situation, the Government of Bihar has been very proactive in responding to the global crisis and is taking several measures at the grass-root level to prevent this pandemic. The primary aim of the project is to mitigate the impact of the current crisis in the country and in order to implement the same, a standard operating procedure to roll out an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered tool has been developed and the training of health managers and Lab technicians has been completed. Data collection of COVID-19 suspect cases has also started in the identified facilities in Bihar. Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) project under IPE Global has been approached to support the Government of Bihar in providing techno-managerial support to develop AI based solutions. Decision on scalability will be taken based on the results achieved. The team is in the process of developing an AI enabled tool for triaging COVID-19 suspect cases using cough sounds which would be utilized as screening/triaging tool in the state of Bihar and can possibly be integrated with ‘Arogya-Setu’ app developed by the Government of India.

  • Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI)* / Wadhwani Institute of Artificial Intelligence II Artificial Intelligence based Anthropometry App for detecting Low Birth Weight babies and detecting growth faltering (2020)

    Birth weight is considered to be an important indicator of child survival. It is the need of the hour to develop simple, inexpensive and practical methods to identify low birth weight among newborns, low weight babies and increase their chances of survival. NIPI Project under IPE Global has been assigned to support the State Health Society of Rajasthan in collaboration with Wadhwani Institute of Artificial Intelligence to develop an AI powered anthropometric tool for accurate weight and height measurement of newborns and infants by using smartphone. This tool is a mobile application that captures the video of a baby for 10 seconds and estimates the height and the weight of the baby. The AI tool will be tested in select districts of Rajasthan through collection of anthropometric data of babies. After the development and the validation of this solution in the field settings, the AI tool will be an open source and free to use for Government programs like Home Based New Born Care (HBNC) and Home Based Care for Young Children (HBYC).

  • USAID: Vriddhi II The MOYO monitor: Generating evidence for improving FHR monitoring (2014-2021)

    World Health Organisation recommends intermittent auscultation (IA) as the standard for fetal heart rate (FHR) monitoring. FHR is one of the most important procedures for preventing perinatal morbidity and mortality in the field of obstetrics. Recognizing the importance of the situation and the need of improved measurement, USAID funded Vriddhi project under IPE Global in partnership with Laerdal Global Health introduced the “MOYO: FHR monitor” at select facilities to pilot and test its usability and applicability in the public health care setting in India. Through a Doppler device, MOYO offers considerable improvements over existing devices. It is SLAB approved, easy to use tool that provides both visual and auditory feedback. It detects FHR in 5 seconds, filters out maternal heart rate, has an alarm to detect abnormal heart rate, and provides a histogram of the last 30 seconds. It enables the mother to move freely due to its portability and lightweight.

  • USAID: Vriddhi II Pulse oximetry in pneumonia: Generating evidence of using a Multi-Modal Device (MMD) at Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs) (2014-2021)

    The Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) guidelines recommend counting respiratory rate and assessment of chest in drawing for all children with cough or difficulty in breathing and recording SpO2 in sick children. While SpO2 measurement is recommended by IMCI, pulse oximetry devices used to measure SpO2 are not widely implemented, more so in the peripheral health centers. The project is aimed at generating evidence on feasibility, acceptability, usability, impact, and cost-effectiveness of pulse oximeter and its potential for scaling up. USAID funded Vriddhi project under IPE Global introduced pulse oximetry in select Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs) in Aspirational Districts to aid the diagnosis and management of pneumonia. The project is collaborating with “Masimo” (a leading global Biomedical manufacturing company) RADG pulse oximeter. The RADG has a sensitivity and specificity of more than 95% and has been used across multiple countries to improvise pneumonia management.

  • USAID: Vriddhi II Safe Delivery App: Leveraging technology for capacity building of service providers (2014-2021)

    The modalities of capacity enhancement for service providers have always been a contentious issue. The Safe Delivery Application aims to provide skilled birth attendants direct and instant access to evidence-based and up-to-date clinical guidelines on Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEmONC). It contains the latest WHO clinical guidelines on BEmONC for infection prevention, post-abortion care, hypertension, active management of the third stage of labour, prolonged labour, postpartum hemorrhage, manual removal of placenta, maternal sepsis, neonatal resuscitation, newborn management and low birth weight management. The application is a compilation of 5-7-minute videos on the BEmONC guidelines which can be downloaded on smartphones and used for both self and peer learnings. The videos are designed for low literacy and low-income settings and are easy to understand with animated instructions and work offline. USAID funded Vriddhi project under IPE Global has entered into a collaboration with the Maternity Foundation to pilot and test the usability of the SDA in select FRUs in project supported ADs. The project will also collaborate with the foundation and provide technical assistance on the development of new modules (e.g. normal delivery and FPC), thereby not only generating evidence on its usage but also enhancing its spectrum.

  • George Washington University II Point-of-care community testing of Anaemia using a hand-held analyser, Odisha (2019-2021)

    Digital, Proximal, Instant, and Meaningful - four actionable characteristics of community-based anaemia testing in the Reduction in Anaemia through Normative Innovations (RANI) project, which aims to improve the intake of Iron Folic Acid (IFA) in Odisha, India. The RANI project under IPE Global is increasing demand for Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) tablet by changing social norms through point-of-care community testing using the HemoCue Hb 301+ Analyser. The instantly available digital results are shared in a meaningful format at individual, group and inter-village levels with the beneficiaries, frontline workers, and other stakeholders. Furthermore, Real-time Program Monitoring for Knowledge (RPM4K) - a web and mobile application – has been designed to monitor and improve the SBCC intervention strategies for RANI. Leveraging insights generated from RPM4K, the project looks to continuously monitor the barriers we face. It also enables the use of monitoring and evaluation systems to improve individual and collective norms, policy making, governance, and accountability related to the prevention of anaemia among women of reproductive age in rural India.

  • Government of West Bengal || Restructuring, Web-hosting and Maintenance of the Web Portal of the Department of Power & NES, Government of West Bengal, India (2016 - 2020)

    West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) intended to develop a web portal of Department of Power & NES, Government of West Bengal. We are designing a user friendly, interactive web portal which will include an interface for discussions (discussion forum) to enable registered users including general public to post suggestions, complaints, and feedbacks. In addition to design, we will be hoisting the portal and also, will be responsible for maintenance of the portal for five years.

  • Children’s Investment Fund Foundation II Digital Weighing Machine – An IoT device that records real time accurate birth data along with image and upload on a cloud server, Rajasthan (2019-2020)

    Of the 28 million babies born in India annually, approximately 28% are born with low birth weight. However, an analysis of the birth data shows a peak at 2.5 kg (minimum acceptable data standard to identify low birth weight). Accurate identification and reporting of low-birth weight data is instrumental in following up on protocol of care for low birth weight children. To address this challenge, IPE Global as part of the project RajPusht, designed, developed and produced a scalable and cost-effective solution which automatically captures the weight of an infant as well as its photograph with a timestamp at the click of a button. Records can be directly uploaded to the central server (if wi-fi available). The records can also be uploaded to a central server using a mobile application (when no data network is available where device is installed). Nominated/authorised users at each location are provided access to the data for day-to-day monitoring and uploading data when the device is located in remote area. In the first phase, the devices have been deployed in nearly 90 high birth load facilities and Special Newborn care units (SNCU’s) in Rajasthan. A web-based dashboard is provided to the state department for monitoring and follow-up on the birth weight data.

  • Children’s Investment Fund Foundation II AntaraRaj - Web based management and decision support system for injectable contraceptive users, Rajasthan (2018)

    The National Health Mission (NHM) Rajasthan has innovatively used information technology in the health systems to track the use of Antara, an injectable contraceptive. Antara helps in preventing pregnancy for three months and is an effective contraceptive for ensuring the desired birth spacing. A management information system (MIS) has been developed and managed by IPE Global under project Udaan for the Government of Rajasthan. Selected as one of the best practices in “National Summit on Good and Replicable Innovations in Public Healthcare System in India - 2019” organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the solution has been the most effective in tracking and following-up on the Antara (injectable contraceptive) users. With built-in intelligence to identify due patients, it uses both traditional text messages as well pre-recorded out bound dialling (OBD) as reminders and for tele-counselling.
    Some of the key features include the following: Automated system for reminder SMS for next dose; Pre-recorded out-bound dialling for reminder and tele-counselling at fixed regular interval; Supply side integration with progress messages to Medical Officers, district and state nodal officials; Extensive dashboard and reports as decision support system providing age and parity wise distribution of clients along with longitudinal follow up trend of individual client.

  • DFID II ClimateApp – A climate science enabled decision making tool for appropriate management and planning of MNREGA assets, Bihar (2018-2019)

    As a part of Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth (ICRG), the project aimed at providing inputs that would facilitate labour budget planning exercise under MNREGA, based on the kind of work that would be available at the community level. ICRG aims to strengthen the resilience and livelihood security of the rural poor in India, by supporting the construction of better quality and more productive infrastructure under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). IPE Global developed an application for appropriate management and planning of MNREGA assets that uses data modelling and predictive analysis to generate trends and intelligence: Climate Modelling Study using published IMD data for 1984-2014 & projected frequency of drought and flood for 2030-2050; Vulnerability data analysis like bio-physical vulnerabilities (net irrigated area, forest cover, ground water etc.) and socio-economic vulnerabilities (family income 

  • DFID/NCERT II Capacity Building Support to Government of India’s Rashtriya Madhyami Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA-TCA) India (2013-2016)

    National Achievement Survey (NAS) is a representative sample of schools from all districts in India, aimed at understanding the health of the education system in government and government aided schools. The project aimed at strengthening the secondary education programme in India through capacity building support to institutions like MHRD, NCERT, SCERT, NUEPA, RIE, NERIE etc. on key thematic areas. Under the project, IPE Global supported the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), India in developing GIS Mapping tool to help and analyse sites for new schools and for consolidation of existing schools in Assam. The tool was used by State/District having a layer of digitised maps to ensure correct identification of the sites for new schools or for consolidation of existing small (unviable) schools. It was developed using rigorous methods such as Item Response Theory (IRT) to measure the ability of students to respond correctly to different levels of difficulty in tests.

  • DFID/MHRD II Analytics Engine for Analysing National Level Education Database (U-DISE), PAN India (2013-2016)

    Unified District Information System for Education (U-DISE) managed by The National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), is a major source of data on all of the crucial parameters of education across all of its pillars viz., school, teacher and students. The project aimed to improve the quality and the credibility of the data provided, thereby making the analysis more robust and accurate. The introduction of this system has made it easier for the states and the UTs to monitor the progress of the schools and has reduced the time taken in data collection and analysis. IPE Global was assigned to support the development of a user friendly online tool by the team in Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan RMSA-TCA that assisted users to make use of the National level education database and generate dynamic reports, maps, charts, graphs on time- series data using state of the art analytics engine. The tool proved to be a handy support to the stakeholders at various levels in identification of gaps of various infrastructural facilities, areas with high dropout rates, areas with substantial gender/social gaps and assess the progress made. It was later handed over to National University of Educational Planning and Administration.

  • DFID/Government of Odisha II Web-based Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT/ scholarships) management software, Odisha (2013-2016)

    The primary objective of implementing conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs was to increase the number of options for poor families through interventions in health, nutrition and education. The transfer came in the form of educational scholarships and was given to the families of children starting in third grade. The CCT was offered to children with at least 85% attendance and had not repeated a grade more than twice. Under this program, beneficiary children also received money for school supplies once or twice a year. IPE Global developed an IT solution landscape for an application that covered all aspects right from data capture, disbursement to dashboards/reporting. The solution utilised Secured Socket Layer (SSL) protocol for protecting the data over the web. Since the application stored sensitive information like Beneficiary Profile and Financial Transactions, all the data was encrypted. A variety of Management Information System (MIS) reports had been made available for monitoring and decision making. The software was also used by the administrator, state/district/block level user to record and maintain activities of the scholarship schemes like Enrolment, Attendance and Disbursement. The system was designed to increase the efficiency and transparency in disbursement of scholarship.

  • DFID || Sector Wide Approach to Strengthen Health (SWASTH) - Integrated Performance Management System (IPMS) under Directorate of Integrated Child Development Services in Bihar, India (2014 - 2016)

    The objective of SWASTH was to design and implement cutting-edge reforms for the health and nutrition sector in Bihar. As part of SWASTH programme, IPE Global designed and implemented Integrated Performance Management System for effective service delivery, management and monitoring of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) including the performance of various frontline workers, lady supervisors and Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs).

  • Ujjain Smart City Ltd. II Integrated Command & Control Center (ICCC) Madhya Pradesh (2018)

    Madhya Pradesh (MP) had identified seven Cities to be developed under the Smart city Mission. The state had decided to set-up a common cloud based data centre with a Common Command & Control Centre platform to be used by all smart cities of MP. The primary components of the project were the development and the integration of cloud based CCC Platform, Cloud Service Provider, City ICCC establishment and Master System Integrator. The team at IPE Global established the Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC) for Ujjain smart city to run city operations. This was integrated with all the required & existing ICT systems / Smart components of Ujjain smart city initiatives. The facility acted as a decision support system on integration of citizen services; city monitoring and utility management can be efficiently performed under ICCC. SWM Vehicle tracking, Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS), Election monitoring, COVID-19: telemedicine & containment area monitoring were done through ICCC.

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