The mammoth task of the Unique Identification Project (UID) undertaken by the Centre will not only act as a “powerful tool in the hands of the government” but also help in keeping a check on illegal migration and help in improving security, Manish Mehta, Chief Delivery Officer of Mahindra Satyam said on Tuesday.

Delivering the inaugural address at an international conference on ‘Advances and Emerging Trends in Computing Technologies' at SRM University in Kattankulathur on Tuesday, he said the UID would also help in ensuring that welfare schemes reached the beneficiaries.

On cloud computing, Mr. Mehta said it was bound to revolutionise the operations of the Information Technology sector. At present, companies took up capital-intensive projects to implement computer services and the concept of “hiring” services was becoming increasingly popular. With the increasing popularity of social networking sites, companies were also planning to invest huge sums to promote their products through them, he said. Mr. Mehta said that usage of mobile phones was increasing the world over with an estimated 1,000 handsets being sold every minute. By 2014, there would be 6.5 billion mobile connections, which would surpass the global adult population by then. He said the IT sector in India was providing expertise to other countries, but had not recognised its own capabilities.

Anthony Cohn, Director, Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Biological Systems, University of Leeds, England, made a presentation on spatial intelligence.

Speaking on the occasion, P.Sathyanarayanan, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University, said India had become a global leader in providing software services, but sadly, the benefits of IT growth had not percolated down to the common man. Further, the use of computers in governance too was low.

S. Sridhar, co-chair of the conference, said 71 papers would be presented at the conference on various issues such as Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Web, Algorithms, Image Processing, Multimedia and Web Technologies, Network Security, and Wireless Networks.

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