Radiant starts pilot project in 27 centers across AP

DQW Bureau
11 Apr 2006

With a mandate of setting up 5,550 kiosks in Andhra Pradesh
under the Rajiv Internet Village project, solution provider Radiant Infosystems
has launched the pilot project in 27 centers across the state.

Currently, the company is providing around 8-12 services.
In the first phase, Radiant plans to roll out 1500-plus centers by June this
year and the remaining centers will be rolled out in two phases.

Rajiv Internet Village is an AP government initiative to
take e-governance to the people. It entails provision of various services like
bill payments, certificates, land records, provision of information, etc.
Radiant has been authorized by the Principal Rajiv Partner (PRP), Bharat
Electronics Ltd (BEL) to implement the project.

of Rajiv Internet Village project

Every citizen in the state, be
it in the urban or rural area, should be able to avail of all government
services/benefits intended for the citizens in a quick, cost effective and
hassle free manner, through a single window. Transacting with the
government should be hassle free, avoiding middlemen, delays and rooting
out corruption. Government schemes to alleviate poverty and illiteracy
should reach the targeted groups, optimally.

The kiosks will be linked with a web portal, Data Center
(DC), Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and a call center. Radiant is entrusted
with building the complete network of sup­port system and also support the
entrepreneur. This inclu­des supply and instal­lation of computers, UPS and
periphe­rals as required; access to Rajiv Portal, DC and DRC; training kiosk
opera­tors for manning and operating the computer; and maintenance / support.

Giving an up­date on the pro­ject Venu Myneni, Presi­dent
and CEO, Radiant Infosystems said, “The DC, being set up in Hyderabad, will
host the enterprise portal integrating various partici­pating depart­ments and
businesses. The DRC will be setup in Bangalore and will act as a backup for the
main DC. The call center will be situated in Hyderabad and will start with 25-30
people and scale up depending on the number of calls, etc.”

The project follows the built, own and operate (BOO) model.
The initial contract is for five years and is extendable for five more years.
Radiant plans to launch as many centers as it can by the end of this year. A
total of 64 services will be provided through the kiosks. Apart from providing
government services, the kiosks will also provide many non-government services
like Western Union transfer, matrimonial services and even work as outlets for
buying Nokia cellphones. This is expected to act as another revenue stream for
the centers.

 The whole
project cost is estimated to be between Rs 60 crore - 70 crore which also
includes setting up all the kiosks. Myneni said, “A kiosk will have computer,
printer, scanner, web camera, UPS, furniture, card readers etc.”

Pragati Simlote Hyderabad, April 6

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