We are looking at providing video-conferencing equipment and content for this massive nationwide initiative in e-education and telemedicine, said Ram Shinde, general manager - enterprise solutions and service of DishnetDSL. The company expects to know the outcome of this contract by mid-2003, he said.
DishnetDSL is the global reseller and the largest distributor in India of products from Polycom Worldwide, the international market leader in video conferencing systems.
The US-based company develops, manufactures and markets the full range of high quality audio, data and video communication systems. If the Internet service provider (ISP) bags the contract, then Gujarat Narmada Fertiliser Corporation (GNFC), the marketing arm of ISRO for this project to offer bandwidth, will recommend it to all potential customers across the country as the official vendor.
The Polycom video-conferencing equipment distributed by DishnetDSL is priced anywhere between Rs 40,000 and Rs 5 lakh per unit.
And since these solutions are IP-based, they use far lesser bandwidth for applications like video-streaming and web-casting, says Mr Shinde.
In order to provide a turnkey solution, the ISP is tying up with Televital, the Bangalore-based company that creates software to interconnect devices.
For instance, a patients ECG (electro-cardiogram) can be seen by the doctor on his mobile phone with the help of such software. The company is also planning to tie up with a host of V-SAT manufacturers/marketers like HCL Comnet for the project.
For content, the company will tie up with individual educational and medical institutions.