Telecommunications Consultants India (TCIL), a government-owned engineering and consultancy company, and Ricoh India, a subsidiary of Japanese imaging and electronics company Ricoh, have bagged a deal worth Rs 1,370 crore by the Department of Posts for its ambitious project of modernising post-offices through automation. Both companies have been selected by the Department of Posts to work as the System Integrator for “Rural Information & Communication Technology (ICT) – Hardware (RH)” Solution, which will enable them to modernize approximately 129,000 post offices across the country.
Department of Posts has selected Ricoh India for supply, installation and maintenance services of hardware, peripheral devices and operating system for “Rural Information & Communication Technology (ICT) – Hardware (RH)” Solution.
The scope of work includes supply of mobile computing devices and peripherals, installation of solar UPS, connectivity to access the application by service providers along with maintenance for five years.
Tetsuya Takano, MD & CEO of Ricoh India Limited, said, “We are honored to be associated with the ambitious project of modernization of Department of Posts. India Post is an iconic organization in India, the largest such network in the world and playing a crucial role in the socio-economic development of rural India, touching the lives of common man. We are committed to fulfill the objectives of Department of Posts, and be part of the success of Rural ICT – Hardware (RH) project”.
The primary goal of the project is to improve quality of service, provide more value-added services and achieve ‘financial inclusion’ of the unbanked rural population.This will provide a wider reach to the Indian populace through more customer interaction channels, the company added.