Lalit Mohan, Director, iTouch Technologies Pvt Ltd
talks about new interactive technologies that are making stride in education…
“We look forward to huge volumes in the coming year because of our capability to design and customise solutions as per the customer’s need “
Innovations in the classroom technologies for schools and higher education institution
The latest innovation in the whiteboard technologies is Optical Sensing Touch Technology. As compared to Electromagnetic (Surface based) and Infra red (perimeter based) technologies, Optical technology offers more precise touch, with higher accuracy. This technology is easy to maintain owing to lowest number of components.
Finger touch interactive whiteboards are going to be hugely popular owing to its ease of use and reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). On the other hand interactive projectors use a stylus or pen to operate. Bagless classrooms, based on tablets and Cloud for storage, is the future. Internet is flooded with affordable and free Android based educational apps for children. Teachers can also download their subject content for their class.
Utilisation of IWBs
The Indian schools are flooded with inferior quality Chinese boards. These boards are based on stylus or pen. At times these boards do not function or the stylus/pen runs out of battery, as a result the teachers are not able to use these boards efficiently.
Level of adoption
With the ecreasing cost of interactive hardware as well as software content, more schools are coming forward to adopt Interactive classrooms. Now, this adoption is not limited to A class cities, but small towns are also making their schools smart.
We have a big installation base in northern India in cities like Jammu, Patna, Lucknow, Delhi, Jalandhar and are rapidly expanding into West and Southern India.
We have a plan to increase our dealer base to 100 from 20 in 2013. Our clientele includes Jaypee, S Chand Harcourt, Apeejay, Don Bosco, etc.
Plans for the Indian market
There is a huge demand of interactive whiteboards as the focus of the classrooms is shifting from books to digital content and blackboards to interactive whiteboards. Being an Indian manufacturer, we look forward to huge volumes in the coming year because of our capability to design and customise solutions as per the customer’s need. We are also coming up with All in One Integrated Interactive Whiteboard, which has inbuilt PC, Speaker, UPS, and Short Throw Projector. Also, one of our products Kids Touch Table is being highly appreciated and we are coming up with bigger sized touch tables soon.