Preparation of EVM tracking, Election Commission will be able to see the machine’s location

Hemant Atri, New Delhi After the question of EVM’s Transportation Management during the elections of five states including Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the EC has started work on its tracking plan. When the scheme comes into effect, the state’s chief electoral officer and the Election Commission will be able to see the location of any machine on their screen. The Commission has entrusted the responsibility of suggesting the tracking system to its internal technical group. It will submit the report to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora in three weeks.

According to the sources, the technical group is working on two options. First- Whether the tracking system should be installed on every EVM used in the 2019 election. Second- There are GPS systems on the vehicles carrying these. Applying GPS systems on vehicles will be easy and less expensive.

Instructions will be issued in a month

About 90% of the new machines used in the general elections have been commissioned. In such a way, it is not practical to put the tracking system on the machines. Commission will issue necessary instructions in the next one month as soon as the recommendation of the Technical Group During the assembly elections of five states, the BJP leader’s visit to the EVM was received from the hotel, three days after the Reserve EVM voting, the disappearance of the machine by a woman officer was reported.

Earbuds To Beat Smartwatches As Top Wearable Seller

Latest Gartner research forecasts global wearable device shipments to hit 225 million in 2019, up 25.8% year on year. Spending on wearable devices is tipped to notch US$42 billion next year, with US$16.2 billion on smartwatches alone. Wired Earbuds might be advantageous in some cases but the best wireless earbuds for running and workout are generally preferred by people.

Despite this, Gartner expects “hearables” (e.g. earbuds – Apple AirPods, Samsung IconX) to overtake smartwatches as the best selling wearable device by 2022.

Gartner Senior Director, Alan Antin, warns smartwatch sales will slowly decline, driven by market competition from low-priced entrants:

“At the moment, the smartwatch market is bolstered by the relatively stable and higher average selling price (ASP) of the Apple Watch”

“But the overall ASP of smartwatches is expected to slowly decline from US$221.99 in 2018 to $210 in 2022, due to lower-priced competitors and as higher volumes lead to reductions in manufacturing and component costs, while strong brands like Apple and traditional watch brands try to keep pricing stable.”

Next year, Garnter expects 74 million smartwatches to ship globally.

By 2022, ear-worn devices (“hearables”) are forecast to overtake smartwatches as the top wearable seller, notching 158 million units. By contrast, smartwatch shipments are tipped to hit 115 million.

Leading into 2022, Gartner expects fashion brands (e.g. Fossil and Casio) to gain market share, offering better style and choice than tradition technology brands.

“We think that fashion and traditional watch brands are likely to account for up to 20 percent of unit shipments by 2022,” claims Mr Antin.

Ear-worn devices are forecast to represents over 30% of shipped wearable devices by 2022, with significantly enhanced virtual assistant capabilities.

Going forward, ear-worn devices are forecast to notably reduce smartphone use, replacing many tasks currently used by smartphones (e.g. guiding GPS directions).

Concerning virtual reality and headsets, Mr Antin agrees there’s currently a “mismatch between expectations and what current technology can deliver.”

Antin asserts going forward this will change, but “for a price.”

“Contrary to what we see in other segments, the ASP for HMDs will increase by 19.2 percent until 2022, as better content demands better technology.”

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Earbuds To Become the Most Wearable Seller Against SmartWatch