The government announced on Wednesday a survey to better understand the challenges startups and small businesses face in adapting to advanced technologies.

The survey will “aim to lay the groundwork for a robust ecosystem capable of capitalizing on the capabilities” offered by artificial intelligence (AI), internet of technology (IoT), cloud computing and the integration of 5G and 6G networks, the department of telecommunications said.

This will include identifying sector-specific needs in at least 10 sectors and preferences, recognizing the diverse landscape of small and medium businesses and providing targeted support to foster innovation and competitiveness, it added.

The survey will, over a 60-day period, seek to cover five sectors each in the northern and southern parts of India.

The key recommendations will form the platform for policy interventions to achieve the transformative adoption of ‘Industry 4.0’, “leading to enhanced competitive positioning and survivability” of startups and small businesses, it added.

Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, refers to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. The three preceding industrial revolutions involved mechanization powered by steam and water (1.0), mass production facilitated by electricity (2.0), and automation driven by digital computing (3.0).

The government has set June 11 as deadline for organizations and startups to submit proposals to participate in the survey.

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