Even as the health and police authorities continue to grapple with the challenge of keeping a constant watch on thousands quarantined across the State, a Japan-based start-up founded by four Malayali youngsters.
When Gijo M S, Jayarag T Gopi, Ravindranath A V and Tiby Kuruvilla rolled out ‘Eduplus’ towards the end of January, they were unaware about the impending pandemic, the ensuing lockdown and the repercussions.
Kerala startup develops tracking app for effective quarantine
Necessity is the mother of invention, goes the old saying. In line with the adage, four young enterprising IT geeks, have tweaked their existing IT solution to come up with a new tracking app that can be used by authorities to track those in quarantine.
In Tokyo, last month, when Malayali entrepreneur Tiby Kuruvila read about the suicide of Sajan Parayil, 49, an NRI who invested Rs 16 crore in a state-of-the-art auditorium, which did not get the clearance certificate from the Anthoor Municipality in Kannur, he felt a bit queasy.
Whenever the Tokyo-based Tiby Kuruvila introduced himself, the Japanese would say, “You Indians are so bright and intelligent.”One of the reasons for this attitude is that all the Indians in Japan are either in the IT industry, or working as engineers or scientists. “There is nobody from the worker class,” says Tiby. “They usually come from Philippines or Vietnam.”