Intel PC making rural community the end user
May 2006

Intel PC making rural community the end user

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A PC that can withstand dustyconditions, varying  temperatures and high humidity like in India, can work in the harsh conditions of rural  environments, can provide massive  rural populations access to the Internet and thus opening up a world of business and personal  communication opportunities and canmake the rural community, not an individual the end user! Yes, Intel  community PCs launched last month are suited to meet all these  requirements.
The initiative of launching of the community PC, according to Frank  Jones, President, Intel India, is an  effort towards social inclusion, which will enable positive change in India in terms of increased technological  penetration and access and thereby higher standards of living for the  citizens. The low cost IT solutions on mass scale is big issue, which  is worked upon through the community PC. The Community PC is part of an effort  by Intel to apply its technology to emerging markets (India, China, Brazil,  Russia, South America and African countries). Designed as a result of  defining locally relevant computing  solutions based on Intel technology, the PC platform is equipped to
operate in a community setting while  accommodating the varying environmental conditions prevalent in  the country. With the objective to  ridge the urban-rural divide, Intel also announced its ‘Jagruti’ initiative. By  collaborating with leaders in  business, government, education, online services and Internet service providers, Intel’s Jagruti programme  will support the  pread of rural  Conference Report Internet kiosks based on the new  Intel-Powered Community PCs. These PCs would be available through Intel  partners, HCL and Wipro. The launch was done by Frank Jones  driving a tractor into the main hall and  bringing the “community PC” followed by a lecture- umdemonstration  by Intel Vice President Will Agatstein and the Product  Manager Rakesh Godhwani; they  showed a set of applications – adult literacy (from TCS), children education (from Azim Premji  Foundation) and  ntertainment (Hindi  movie) – convincing the audience that the hardware is “best” (no deficient  functionality) and “cheap” (shared access will bring down the costs to Rs 10 per person per day for 3 persons  over 3 years) too. This was followed by talks by Intel Corporate VP Bill Siu and Amar Babu,  Intel South Asia MD. They informed that the PCs have already been tested  in pilot projects at the following locations: Bedeti, Assam, Juna  Chamu, Gujarat, Mandya,  Karnataka, Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, Mallapuram,  Keral

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