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Corona warriors: How tech titans are helping govts fight the pandemic

Several top technology firms are assisting governments to better manage their pandemic response, reports Peerzada Abrar

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s  war room in Mumbai
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s war room in Mumbai

Tucked away in a lane in the heart of Bengaluru, lies the historic Balabrooie Guest House. The 200-year-old white bungalow has played host to several notable guests, including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Rabindranath Tagore. In 2020, it is playing a different role — the Karnataka government has turned the heritage building into a technology-aided “Covid-19 War Room”.  The war room, which runs round-the-clock, is equipped with large screens that display different dashboards of data and analytics. Key metrics — such as active cases, deaths, ...