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Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications 2011 - Sasi P. Meethal

"For sustained contributions to low cost communications solutions for the masses and humanitarian needs."

Sasi P. Meethal

Sasi Pilacheri Meethal is working as Associated Director in Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), an application-oriented R&D center of Government of India in electronics and IT. He has served in various committees including  Executive Committee of International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) (2010 onwards), E-Governance Sectional Committee of Bureau of Indian Standards (2011),  Board of studies in Engineering of University of Kerala (2011), Governing Body and Executive Committee of Kerala State IT Mission, (2009-2010), Review Chair for IT Policy of Government of Kerala (2006) and Committee for formulating IT plan for Kerala for 11th Five year plan (2006).

He is a senior member of IEEE and member of IEEE Communications Society. He held various positions including Chair of Communications society Kerala chapter (2011,2008,2007), Vice Chair of R10 HTC (Humanitarian Technology Challenges) (2011) and Chair of IEEE Kerala section (2010, 2009).

Some of his major contributions to public services in telecommunications include:

  • Architected a wireless connectivity for rehabilitation activities along the 120 kms of coastline of Nagapattinam, India, which was devastated by Tsunami in December 2004. He was also directly involved in the implementation and monitoring of the network. 
  • Architected a wireless connectivity in Malappuram district of India, providing blanket coverage for an area of  3500 sq kms, for Akshaya project of Government of Kerala. The main objective of the project is to provide computer literacy to 6.5 million people of the state. Akshaya project was later adapted as a model by Government of India in the CSC (Common Service Centre) scheme for setting up 100,000 such centres.
  • Was the communications expert selected by IEEE HTC (Humanitarian Technology Challenge) for architecting a communications solution for Ko Lipe islands of Thailand. He surveyed the island along with a delegation of National Telecommunications Commission and recommended the optimal connectivity scheme.
  • Designed and implemented a low cost mobile telemedicine system for the rural population of Cherthala,  India using a low cost communication system, by teaming multiple lines of CDMA 2000 1x (WLL) offered by the telecom operator. 
  • Architected Kerala State Wide Area Network, for connecting all the Government offices in the state of Kerala, which provided coverage of the whole state with wired and wireless access. 
  • Architected “FRIENDS”, the integrated utility payment system for Government of Kerala, which has been adjudged as the best citizen-friendly IT initiative of Kerala so far.
  • Developed a base station which supports both TETRA and WiMAX users. Also developed a terminal, which supports both TETRA and WiMAX features. 
  • Instrumental in the formation of Comsoc Kerala chapter, while he was the Secretary of IEEE Kerala section

Played major role in organizing various International and National conferences in the area of Communications.