iTelaSoft CEO honoured at Australian IESL Awards

Sri Lankan engineer, entrepreneur, and the CEO of iTelaSoft, Indaka Raigama has been recognised and awarded by the Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) New South Wales Chapter at their annual awards ceremony held in Australia recently. The award was given under the category of “Highly Commended Innovation” on a product developed by iTelaSoft for the telecommunication industry under his guidance.

World Federation of Engineering Organisations President Dr. Marlene Kanga expressed her pleasure regarding innovation and research and development contributions made by entrepreneurs in addition to academia, while handing over the award to Raigama.

IESL is an apex body representing Sri Lankan engineering professionals with its regional chapters in many countries. Since 1906, the organisation provided direction and momentum to the engineering community in Sri Lanka and abroad. IESL New South Wales Chapter was active in Australia for the past 10 years and its annual convention consists of a conference with presentations of new innovations and contributions to the engineering practice. Each year, a series of scholars and engineers are recognised for their service and contribution to the industry. The 2019 convention was held under the leadership of IESL New South Wales Chapter Chair Eng. Rohitha Silva, with the presence IESL Sri Lanka President Prof. T.M. Pallewatta. Speaking of the goals of the organisation, Silva mentioned: “As a professional community force, we want to pass knowledge to the next generation and encourage young engineering practitioners to become active, prominent, and influential. Promoting women in engineering is another key focus to increase diversity and growth in the industry.”

The awarded product, “mobile network performance monitor” is a solution for monitoring and diagnosing various services and capabilities run on mobile networks to reduce effort and costs of monitoring, testing, and diagnosing risks associated with SLA commitments. Speaking on the product, Raigama said: “The mobile provider space is filled with multiple services (voice, messaging, broadband data, narrow band data, and message brokers), standards (2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G), and applications – USSD, STK, IVR-based apps, handset-based apps, and IoT apps. During the deployment period as well as in the service period, it takes significant effort in testing an end-to-end capability for telecommunication operators. With this product, we essentially wanted to make it more practical and economical.”

The monitoring platform developed by iTelaSoft is a centrally managed but distributed test execution framework for automatically testing multiple capabilities or services with many test scenarios. The platform was conceptualised, designed, and fabricated completely by the iTelaSoft team in Australia and Sri Lanka. The product is currently being used in many countries and has been a clear value enhancer to its clients. iTelaSoft IoT group consists of electronics and software engineers who create innovative solutions for their clients globally.

Participating in an interview by the Sinhala Service of SBS Radio, Australia, Raigama mentioned that a large number of Sri Lankan engineers are making a significant contribution to the global economy from Sri Lanka and from overseas. He commended the efforts of IESL for recognising those engineering professionals and making their efforts visible. Talking about the award, he further mentioned that it’s a reflection of capability and ingenuity of Sri Lankan engineers who transformed a concept into a commercial product. He also encouraged young engineering professionals to engage in innovations and commercialise their concepts.