University of California at Berkeley scientists will join forces with peers in India to develop medicines, wireless networks, a new generation of secure software and other technologies that could boost India's economy and quality of life. UC engineers will help their Indian colleagues build wireless networks based on inexpensive cell phones. The networks would aid economic development in rural areas.
In California, similar networks could be rapidly set up to replace conventional systems damaged by natural disasters, said Shankar Sastry, director of UC's Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society.
Engineers in the two countries will also work together on meeting consumer demand for secure software. India must develop software with higher security if it is to maintain its rate of growth in the industry, Sastry said.
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