Chip maker VIA Technologies has announced the first ever solar-powered cyber community centre in the South Pacific.
VIA Solar Computing harnesses the power of the sun to provide people in rural and remote communities reliable, clean computing and Internet access. Developed with the Samoan ICT Secretariat, the centre is a proof of concept implementation of VIA Solar Computing. VIA Solar Computing is a key element of the VIA Clean Computing Initiative to drive environment-conscious computing. The remote Samoan village of Ulutogia, Aleipata District was selected for its multiple local user communitie. The VIA pc-1 Information Community Centre in Samoa will help address issues of e-Education, e-Health and e-Governance for local residents, and will provide business opportunities for the recipient and surrounding communities, and also will offer Internet access to tourists. It is set to act as a working template for similar IT centres around the world to help bridge the digital divide, especially in rural and remote locations. VIA is working with major international organisations and governments to facilitate further such deployments.