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About SBL

SBL is an IT and Business Process Management (BPM) organization that offers smart solutions to organizations across geographies and industry verticals and empowers them to respond quickly to the changing market dynamics. We offer a range of customized services and solutions in GIS, Technology, Multimedia and Business Process Management that allow our customers to reduce operational costs substantially while accelerating the growth of their businesses.

How CARA Can Transform VR On NUKE For The Better?

Virtual Reality has been making exceptional developments in the recent past and it has been making its presence felt stronger than ever. The impeccable characteristics of the same can be drawn back to the unmatched capabilities of various virtual reality post production services. This is made possible by the advent of exceptionally robust plug-ins such as CARA on platforms like NUKE.

Why CARA is the superior plug-in for NUKE?
CARA is packed with a range of attributes that other plug-ins for NUKE platform do not offer such as;

It effectively address camera rigging issues

  • CARA provides a range of refinement options with camera position, possible distortions, rotations and focal length adjustment etc.
  • It comes with a series of pre-sets which allow for correct application of camera rigs along with offering extended support for customized rigs.

It provides for streamlined stitching

  • CARA offers a high-tech Sticher powered by GPU acceleration.
  • It also comes with exceptional ability to stitch videos together without any room for distorted imagery.
  • It helps to effective remove the line arte-facts and ghost effects and thus it considerably improves the stitch quality.

Myriad of Color Correction Options

  • CARA is capable of impulsively sensing all disparities induced by camera and exposures in white light and balances them right.
  • CARA provides options for a range of subtleties in lighting during various virtual reality services.

Tracking Optimization

  • CARA brings several options to address various continuities and distortions that might come along the longitudinal or latitudinal imageries.
  • CARA comes with a robust stabilization tool.
  • With the help of the built-in camera tracker of CARA, you can optimize the stabilization details

Workflow Streamlining Opportunities

  • Spherical transform knob offered by CARA can be revved-up for various activities related to compositing that provides room for accessing and utilizing all the tools in NUKE platform.
  • Stereo lens and the slit scan-shader are given better support to control the pole-depth of footages in 360 degree video post production.

All of these value-adding features offered by CARA can drive better clarity, vividness, details and depth for all the imagery being rendered in the NUKE platform.

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Why eLegislature is the best form of governance

As businesses become more dynamic and digital in nature, the government is also prompted to keep up the pace with them. However, unlike businesses, the government doesn’t have the liberty to choose its customers and has to serve all. To be a ‘smart’ government of a ‘smart’ nation, a transition from governance to e-governance is more than necessary.

eLegislature has a lot more to do than just inculcating information technology to deliver their services. It is, in fact a step towards digital literacy, not just for the people but also for the government. The flagship initiative by the government of India, the ‘Digital India’, is an attempt to shape the ability to communicate, exchange and share between citizens and the government. This re-engineered model of governance can provide services like utility bills, certificates, landholding records, taxation and education, completely digitally. The services, unlike before, are paperless and are more secure and accessible to the public. As the government beholds the responsibility of transparency in its dealings, e-governance enables all the data to be available online for public peruse.

Given the population of the country, government officers often have to manually scan through a large database to pull out a few relevant information. With this newly adopted paperless technology, documents from multiple storage, can be retrieved within a matter of seconds. If the same technology are to be implemented in legislative assemblies, it can help in reducing the cost to a large extend. Traditionally, crores were spent by the government for the usage of stationary and printing. The paperless technology eases the entire assembly proceedings as it eliminates the need of laying papers manually. Answers to questions during the assembly, reports and copies of bills proposed or approved can be completely digitized, and hence requires no shambolic paper works. This technology could help government expedite analysis and create full transparency in its decision making. Digitiizing legislative assemblies is also a huge step towards reducing its carbon footprint in the world.

eVidhan offers an end-to-end solution that enables the entire proceedings of the legislative assembly to be automated. With this out-of-the-box solution of e-governance by SBL, Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly became the first state in India to carry out its entire assembly proceeding paperless. And also The Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha has been honored with the SKOCH award 2017 for smart governance through  eVidhan solution.

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Google Tango; what is it and can it change that landscape of smartphones?

Google has always been on the forefront of technology and they have the panache to bring something that looks complex and blend it with the daily life of people—like the way it did with smartphone.

One of such things to have come from Google, in the recent times, is Google Tango. It is the realization of Google’s endeavors to get tablets and smartphones to see everything the way we, humans, see.

It simply means that your smartphones become more intelligent. They become fortified to have better and full spatial awareness and the capability to understand and intercept the environment and the relationship you have with it.

So, the next question you might have on your mind must be; why does Google even want to do that?
Well, why must they not?

Google, like many other technology giants, wanted to make ‘Virtual Reality’ (VR) more accessible to people. However, with many things with Google, they went a step ahead and wanted to blend the elements of virtual world with real world.

And, they went with ‘Augmented Reality’ with Tango so that they can bring AR to the most common device that most population on the planet has—smartphones. A perfect confluence of incredibly powerful hardware VFX and cool software programs makes it possible for everyone with a Google Tango enabled smartphone

It sure does sound interesting, doesn’t it? Let me assure you it only gets more interesting.

In a nutshell, Google Tango is just more than your average technology or hardware; it is capable of blending real world with virtual world for what may be called unlimited possibilities.

Google has already primed up with the motto of with Tango to make and help people ‘see more of the world they live in’ and the environments they interact with.

The applications of Tango in real life is undoubtedly astounding; in scientific education, research and expeditions, entertainment business and in measuring various spaces and locations.

While these are the potential of Tango, as it is in its infancy, we have a long way to wait until we actually experience any of it. Even though there are devices with Google Tango, it still has a long journey ahead, if it wants to change the landscape of smartphone industry and AR.

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Why Business Process outsourcing is the next big thing?

A business is defined by the very processes that make it happen—whether they are core or non-core processes. Without any room for thinking otherwise, it is the efficient execution of these processes that underline all the business fundamentals.

However, it is important to understand Business Process outsourcing can make over the business to a more productive, profitable and lucrative venture for all parties involved.

It brings great value for the business: One of the most important ways to make customers happy is definitely providing impeccable value for their time and money they spend with the business. When processes are outsourced, due to the sheer expertise of the service provider, customers are always in for a treat significantly improving their satisfaction levels.

Efficient utilization of resources: An integral part of making a business profitable is the effective utilization of resources. Most of the times, all the resources in a business might not find optimum usage and thus it may amount to wastage. However, when a process is outsourced, businesses can draw specific contracts to meet the specific requirements throughout the year driving better utilization of investments.

Opportunities to leverage the knowledge and expertise of the vendor: While there is no doubt that a business may be the best at what it does, it is not possible to be expert is all the related processes it needs to cater to if it wants to grow. This is where the knowledge and expertise of the vendor can bring great value for the business. Without having to painstakingly go through all kind of training and development, you can have all the resources that have all the skills and prowess already available for you.

Possibilities to leverage infrastructure scaling: Businesses are constantly expanding and there always is a need to scale up the infrastructure to meet the changing requirements. Business Process outsourcing, by the very nature of it, can help businesses take advantage of the capabilities of the vendors to scale their service propositions as per the requirements of the businesses. From whatever perspective a business may want to look at this opportunity, it favors them, without any question.

Now having understood the goods, are you ready and game to take advantage of Business Process outsourcing?

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Is GIS a Reliable Option for Processing Insurance Claims?

Losing health, property and above all, life, is a serious affair and filing insurance claims further has turned out to be tiresome and time-consuming process. As time plays a key role, in getting the claims verified and money disbursed, every brand tries to retain and grow its customer base, by providing a swift and proficient service, but every time what delays the process is the mutual eye on profit, which sometimes need to be underwritten, and thus is vital for every insurance provider to make sure the claims processing is effective and efficient. With the technology improvements playing disruptor in every industry, it is high time for the insurance companies to automate the claims processing and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) can be one of the most reliable options, which leverages the visualization, data management and analysis to the core, empowering the claim adjusters to serve better.

The riskiest of the claims is property related damages and this needs to be handled with precise data as it has the capacity to turn a insurance company bankrupt. Visually and manually probing large datasets is not only time consuming but is exasperating and cannot be accurate. Change detection via 2D & 3D imagery and DSM (Digital Surface Model) datasets has not only been popular but is one of those GIS services on which the insurance companies rely upon these days. The 2D change detection process constitutes analysis of textural, spectral and linear feature changes in orthoimage data sets mapped at different intervals, helping the user to locate the areas of change with utmost precision and accuracy. On the other hand, the 3D change detection relies on DSM which helps in identifying the areas of changes especially in the vertical plane and is highly applicable in
the field of agricultural properties.

Geo-enabling the insurance business data is crucial and is the need of the hour as it relies on intuitive mapping and various analytical tools helps the user to access the hazardous location on a global base, associate the loss severity with topography and access historic data counting customer information and risk. The remote sensing technique, which relies on sensors placed on satellites helps in capturing geographical images, enables manipulation, visualization and analysis, and is extensively being applied in the banking and insurance sectors. Damage detection, both to the property or the crop can be accessed instantly and precautions can be made possible at the earliest hours. With the help of the images sent by the satellite, the insurance companies can keep their customers posted about the changes in the property and also about the crops, when it becomes
applicable in the field of agriculture. The customers on the other hand can take intuitive measures based on the alerts and can avoid a mutually chancy stance.

Faster and accurate processing of the insurance claims using GIS technology results in satisfied customers and protects insurance companies from false claims resulting in a win-win situation for all parties concerned. SBL has been working with insurance companies and their associated companies in processing geographical data to assess and verify claims against property and crop damage for more than 5 years now. Our USP is fast turnaround and accurate mapping and analysis which results in huge savings and transparent operations for the insurance companies.

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Digital India- Great idea for public services integration

A step towards empowering citizens digitally is to provide a collaborative platform to have public services linked directly to them. In terms of technology, there is more than just the concept of cashless economy and online payments. If one comes to think about it, a lot more can be explored in digitization, rather than just online shopping or e-payments. The idea of inculcating digitization in governmental procedures is to make digital infrastructure a ‘utility’ for people, government and services.

National e-governance plan is an effort to escalate digital literacy to the next level by bringing public services closer to citizens via digital means. The sole objective of e-governance is to create transparency between public and government services. With the evolving idea of digital India, services by the government will be electronically delivered and the solutions to all the public queries are made digitally accessible. Citizens can now have easier access to all public services, information and policies. It helps in keeping track of the activities done by local authorities across various public domains like land records, municipal records, education, passports, birth, death and marriage records. Citizens can easily trace down the relevant details from these records as the scanning processes are automated, hence eliminating the tedious manual task of scanning through large public data. Traditionally, manual scanning was a very a time consuming task and was a potential to errors. With digitization, the effort and time spent on it is dramatically reduced, giving out error free and reliable data, hence increasing the credibility of government services.

Digitization for sure plays an important role in promoting economic development of the country. By making public services available, businesses can collaborate with the state government to leverage technology further and grow. In addition to reducing the operational and material costs, it meets the real needs of the general public as the interactions between the public and the government machinery is considerably made easier. With digitization as the core concept, public relationship for government agencies has improved like never before. The concept of ‘Digital India’ is an attempt to build a stronger infrastructure within the country by encouraging digital literacy among its citizens. When backed by proper infrastructure, digital transformation is no more a choice, but a necessity to fuel a potential growth.

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How ERP system helps reduce operation and production cost in seafood industry.

seafood erp
Integrating enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in seafood processing can prove to be extremely cost effective for the industry. Dedicated ERP software can address all the interest specific details of procurement ,processing to Export . Before the ERP software came into play in the industry, the workers manually entered all the information which could be potentials for errors. Unlike this practice, handing over the charge to customized ERP software can give scrupulous results and demand lesser human attention, hence reducing staff cost.

ERP software can efficaciously take over the tiresome manual task of tracing and keeping accounts of warehouses as product tracking is made easier with real time input from each departments. For instance, when the vendor managing department gives its input of the product status, the department of sales and management instantly receives it and can immediately set their targets. Similarly, the production management department can update status of the raw material received, freezing and packing, product scheduling, pre-processing and other details, making it easier for concerned departments to track the product and takeover. End-to-end traceability is one of the key features of ERP software and it enables consistency and easy work flow saving time.

With ERP software, production cost can be widely cut down as resource utilization is made minimal by updating real time status of the product and therefore reducing wastage. This indicates that the money invested on the resources is effectively used. ERP method also helps optimize accounting processes and gives better control over the company’s finances. By making all the accounting automated, this user friendly software replaces the chaotic paper work that demands human effort, hence reducing operational cost.

By tailoring the software according to the company’s requirement, ERP can be the single most cost effective solution for managing sales and marketing, exports, production and FDA documenting, together.

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Merge and Blend images- Creative to invent new views

(This blog talks about features and tools in Adobe Photoshop and other image editing softwares for merging and blending image. The possibilities and advantages are elucidated briefly.)

A selfie at an exotic location with a serene background posted in Facebook is exalting the confidence when likes, comments and shares are ticked up. The selfie can be made without traveling to the location, a selfie in any background merged with a stock picture of the location would create the same impression.

Adobe Photoshop’s creative suites and other such photo editing suites gives the capability to put together multi-images to create a collage of creativity in image editing. Product placements and feel disbelief pictures which are impossible to capture with a camera can all be possible with merging and blending a set of pictures. The Layer Mask feature in CS5 do exactly the same- individual stock pictures merged together and blended into a single picture, a wholesome one. Such a picture gives an un-precedented exposure and depth which most often impossible to shot directly with a lens.

Blending pictures together is an art but gives a lot of technical challenges in the selection of pictures with optimum resolution and color space, but of almost same parameters. Pictures are selected in application frame one after the other to create different layers for Masking. Add ‘Layer Mask’ in between each picture layers. The layer mask is usually created as transparent and has the capability to merge all layers together to create a single picture. Auto align layers , Merge and stamp layers can also be used to merge different images. The challenge now is to blend seamlessly to give a complete feel of a single picture. Add atmosphere, coloring and implied lights using different blending modes, and different brush tools (Use soft brush for best result) to blend group picture. As the mask is non-destructive one can experiment with different angles, start and end positions and different gradients to perfect the picture.

Collaging and composting are two other techniques to create super imposed and blended pictures from different shots and stock pictures. Most of the image editing software, including most suites of Photoshop provides tools and features enabling one to use collaging and composting methods. Imagination and creativity is the limit for blended image creation.
The foremost advantage of a blended image is the possibility it gives to bring together different elements of depth and insights into a picture. And it is cost effective too, making cosy photo shoots almost redundant. Suppose you need to shoot a model with different props and with different background which in reality is time consuming and expensive. What you need is photograph the model in different angles, take shots of the props separately, or use stock pictures of props and backgrounds available. Blend the pictures using an image editing suite- voila! you get the perfect pictures with models in different props in most appropriate backgrounds. That too most creatively and inexpensive.

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How GIS Assist in Securing Wildlife Habitats

GIS (Geographic Information System) has altered even the way the human brains function and its application in securing the wildlife or national parks is obligatory. Many at times we might have wondered watching the Discovery and Animal Planet, as in how eminently some people or organizations have conserved the habitats of the wild. Visiting a national park, many might have witnessed animals with tracking collars. Technology has been advanced to a sophisticated state, where today we can even deter animals from crossing their allowed proximity using geofencing.

  • Geofencing is one among the many features of GIS, where we set a virtual boundary to preserve the wildlife by preventing unprincipled encroachments both from animals as well as humans. The geofence operator will be alerted on his device, preferably a mobile phone.
  • Close-up photos and videos of deadly animals have always left us with awe, and we might have wondered the daringness of the wildlife photographer, but today the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or popularly called drones do the job with utmost precision. Beyond helping in preventing poaching, it also helps in protecting the endangered flora and fauna and thus curtails the rate of illegal trafficking, fishing, hunting and burning. Drone mapping is one of the most reliable sources for the scientists to closely examine the animals and estimate their population growth.
  • The animal surveys using GIS is often associated with drones, which tackled the limitations of conventional aerial surveys, which was done based on a sample strip and those animals who fall outside the strip were never counted. Though difficult to perform in rugged regions, the bundle block adjustments in IFP (image footprint projection) resulted in accurate counts.
  • The animal identification and traceability methods have helped in the keen analysis of a particular breed and confirm its parentage based on certain characteristics and conclude the behavioral patterns evolved out of the data thus collected.
  • Location and species mapping via the surveillance cameras, yet another prominent feature of GIS, has turned out to be one of the most effective and efficient tools for inspecting wildlife behavior, and to authenticate species presence and its distribution. This method is rather more economical and effective when compared to employing human observers.
  • The natural resource mapping may involve measuring monitoring and analyzing natural resources by collecting true multispectral digital aerial imagery which assists in maintaining a digital database used in further studies, of how the wildlife is amalgamated with the respective resources and vise-versa. It will be documented which will act as an action plan to maintain the bio-diversity in the national parks, securing their ecosystem and habitats and also allowing new species to emerge and survive.
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