‘Ruggedised’ PCs to be installed at rural kiosks in India

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Intel has unveiled a new Ruggedised Personal Computer platform designed with a special technology to withstand adverse weather conditions including heat, dust and humidity and can run on alternate power sources, including the car battery.

This Intel-powered PC platform is well equipped to operate in a community setting. The company would make these PCs available in the next 30 days. The community PC range may be priced at Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000. The PC can operate on an alternative power source such as the car battery under disruptive power environments, and can function in hot and dusty environments. It has a removable dust filter and an integrated air fan to regulate the temperature of the motherboard.

The total power consumption of all the peripherals is less than 100 watts. PC would be used for communication; e-Governance applications including online bill payment, processing and submission of Government documents; delivery of agriculture, healthcare and entertainment services; in education, research and information sharing; and for e-Commerce activities including commodity price information, online trading and banking transactions.

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