Microsoft, which had already launched its local data centres in India last year, said it first wants to showcase its Aadhaar-enabled products and services to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Giving more details, Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik showed interest in working with the government related to Aadhaar-projects. He explained about Aadhaar-embedded Skype that can be used to verify citizen identity to ease the process.
The company can further develop technology to verify a person not through usual OTP (one-time password) that most of the companies do, but rather through their iris with the help of Aaadhar cards, he added.
The US-based company is not only focusing on innovation, talent, and market in the country to lay thrust on Digital India but also collaborating with various states including Andhra Pradesh and Punjab to experiment with the cloud platform in order to solve challenges in sectors including education and healthcare.
Talking about solving challenges in the education sector, Pramanik gave the example of Andhra Pradesh government that is using Microsoft’s Azure machine learning to predict which students will struggle/drop out of school across its 10,000 schools.
The company further said health, agriculture and education sectors are the primary focus areas for the company in India.
Its research wings such as Microsoft Research India and Microsoft India Research and Development have been conducting research with interdisciplinary approach. They have also been doing a lot of work in the space of artificial intelligence and machine learning.