Intel Launches New Ruggedized PC Platform For India
Intel officially launched a "Community PC" platform that has been developed exclusively to meet the needs of rural villages and communities in India.
With an objective to bridge the urban-rural divide, Intel also announced its "Jaagruti" ("Awakening") initiative that will support the spread of rural Internet "kiosks" based on the new Intel-powered Community PC.
The Community PC platform was defined to withstand various weather conditions (heat, dust, humidity) and unreliable power sources that can compromise typical PCs used in such environments. To address these issues, the platform has the following features:
- Ruggedized chassis: The chassis has been designed to withstand dusty conditions, varying temperatures and high humidity. It has a removable dust filter and integrated air fan to regulate the temperature of the motherboard. The chassis is designed to keep the motherboard cool at temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius and the PC resistant to humidity levels of 70 to 85 RH (Relative Humidity).
- CPSU: The PC is equipped with a Customized Power Supply Unit which is comprised of an Integrated Power Supply and the UPS unit, which allow the PC to maintain continuous load power in the event of a power outage.
- Low power consumption: The total power consumption of all peripherals is less than 100 watts.
- Access Control:The platform comes installed with a certificate-based access, allowing banks to verify the validity of installment payments against the purchase of the PCs.
Intel expects many of these Community PC platforms to be deployed in Internet "kiosks" common in Indian villages. The kiosks are operated by local entrepreneurs and provide neighboring communities with access to services such as e-Government forms (land records and marriage licenses, among others). This saves time and money for potential users who no longer need to spend an entire day and take multiple modes of transportation into the main city to complete necessary paperwork. They can now visit a local kiosk and have a kiosk "operator" input their data online quickly and cost-effectively.
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