With the aim to increase its revenue from government coffers, American technology giant HP has launched a range of rugged tablets in India. The newly launched device will help HP broaden its reach in e-governance projects of central and state governments. “We are not only looking to sell a particular number of devices. Our aim is to help the government in their digital transformation and expand revenue base for HP from the government’s Digital India project,” said Sumeer Chandra, managing director, HP India.
The devices, priced Rs 19,374-60,000, will available for government departments and agencies with full customisation as per their need. HP will work with system integrators (SIs) and manage end-to-end life cycle of the products. These devices may also be offered under HP’s DaaS (Device-as-a-Service) programme. These devices are specially made for India for supporting financial inclusion and monitoring of subsidy distribution through Aadhaar authentication, an HP India official said.
The HP Pro 8 is an 8-inch tablet. It runs on Android OS ‘Marshmallow’ and it entrails are powered by quad core processor along with 2GB RAM. The device comes with 16 GB on-board storage that can be expanded upto 64 GB. On the connectivity front, it has 4G LTE connectivity with Bluetooth; Wi-Fi, GPS and A-GPS. It is powered by 6000 mAh high capacity battery that HP claims will last for 15 hours.
To ensure reliable and secure operation under varying Indian conditions, the devices feature sunlight readable screen for outdoor usage, a large battery for uninterrupted operation in the field. It is also a dust and water resistant tablet that supports as many as 20 regional Indian languages.
The key feature is its Iris and fingerprint scanner for Aadhaar based authentication, thermal printer and magnetic strip reader for financial transactions, bar code scanner for inventory management. The devices will be supported by HP’s customer support network, along with an optional three years onsite warranty. Besides governments and public sector, HP is looking to tap the opportunity in the enterprise mobility market. It aims to partner with other stakeholders delivering Digital India and end-to-end mobility solutions.