HCL targets rural India for PC penetration

Friday, 23 July 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: HCL Infosystems Ltd, a leading provider of IT products and services, is targeting districts and villages across the country for driving personal computer penetration in rural India.

The Delhi-based company is working with state governments and allied agencies to take computing power to rural areas. In Karnataka, HCL has set up its sales and services units in each of the 27 districts across the state for taking computerisation to the grassroots level.

HCL chairman Ajai Chowdhry told reporters here Thursday the company had bagged a multibillion-rupee project from the Karnataka government to provide online delivery of land records.

"The scheme is implemented at the taluk (sub-district) level with each kiosk equipped with one server, computers, fingerprint reader, printer, scanner and UPS networking," Chowdhry said.

"The state government has extended the one-year contract for another year after positive feedback from the deputy commissioners. We have maintained an uptime of 99.88 percent for the project."

During its financial year (July-June) 2003-04, the company bagged orders valued at 3 billion from the state government. One project involved computerisation of the Karnataka police department for maintaining crime records and other information to assist the police in investigation and analysis.

"Besides providing computers and peripherals, we train the police personnel in handling hardware and software. We have networked major police stations in the state," Chowdhry said.

The company has also bagged an order from the state revenue department to computerise and network its various offices for maintaining data and storing records in electronic format.

The company executed a similar project in Tamil Nadu to computerise the "Dial 100" emergency facility of the police force in the neighbouring state.

"We have take up a system integration project for BSNL at a cost of 1.4 billion. The company has been chosen as preferred systems integrator by Karnataka Bank for implementing data centre network security solutions," Chowdhry said.

Meanwhile, HCL launched a slew of products here with a view to improving office productivity. Some of them are electronic white board to capture matter as image for the education and corporate sectors and plasma TV for entertainment and business domains.

Source: IANS
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