Onida has been a known brand in the appliances and consumerables sector. What is your plan for Audio Visual (AV) space?
Today we have three Research and Development centres in product development in various parts of the country with focus on Audio Visual (AV), appliances. We have an innovation centre that looks at technology for the future with product development using latest technology to improve our current range of products. We will play a more aggressive role in AV space in the coming years.
You have witnessed the market over the years. What will be the role of presentation and display systems in the future?
Education and training is becoming a need in every sector. The training solutions as part of AV and presentation and display systems sector is growing at a very fast rate. Digital classrooms provides the option of sitting at home while talking to hundreds of students. We have implemented such technology in Amity University in New Delhi and are in discussions with various other Universities. We are also in conversation with National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune for providing them with solutions for interactive classrooms. However, lack of power supply is going to be the major roadblock in brining IT in rural areas.
What are the initiatives and projects to reflect the company’s statewide presence and collaborations?
We are the second most trusted brand with a pan-India presence. We are undertaking a joint collaboration with National Internet Exchange of India (front end of IT division of central government), for an Integrated Disease Surveillance project and our technology partner is National Informatics Centre (NIC). We are involved with the supply, installation, monitoring and training facilities at all district hospitals that includes audio-video solutions, video-conferencing solutions at 400 locations in 14 states of India.
Under Gujarat Information Limited (GIL), we are providing training modules to 525 locations of Gujarat government. Further, we are partners with Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) for projection systems. Our projectors are registered with two partners – Sanyo (Japanese company) and Infogen (UK-based company). We are reaching out to various government organisations for their training institutes, office requirements, meeting room and conference requirements.