Ricoh India has won 1 lakh tablet order from government of Chhattisgarh by defeating HCL Infosystems.
The total order value is in the range of Rs 67 crores and the company is in the process of supplying tablets in May - June, 2013 timeframe to graduates students across the state.
Speaking to Voice&Data, AM Parial, CEO, CHiPs said "The tablets to be provided to students are 9.7 inch and is Android based and will provide cloud based educational content through Novatium."
This is the first tablet deployment by any state on a large scale and it is also the first cloud based deployment added AM Parial.
The tablet specifications are: Android 4.0 OS, higher capacitive LCD, multi-touch display intensity to support at least three levels of intensity, 1024*768 pixels display resolution, front camera VGA 0.3 MP, rear camera 2.0 MP, 8 GB internal flash memory, 1 GB RAM, 2G/3G connection via dongle, data card or SIM card, Wi-Fi, and 4 hours of battery back-up.
The project is part of the Chhattisgarh Yuva Suchna Kranti Yojana started by the Chhattisgarh government with special initiative of chief minister Dr Raman Singh to benefit graduate students for the year 2013.
For this project, CHiPS is the nodal agency for procurement of tablets on behalf of the state government and also for executing the project in coordination with the directorate of education. The government is planning to give tablets to arts, science, commerce, agriculture, food processing, and home sciences graduate students.
The government exercise of providing laptops and tablets will help in doubling PC penetration and Internet penetration in the state and all service providers in the state are coming up with attractive data schemes to capture graduates into their fold.