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NComputing Partners with New United Nations Program to Provide Computing Access to Schools in Developing Nations

  • 01 June, 2009 11:30

<p><em>Initiative to provide 500,000 workstations to bridge the digital divide</em><br/>
<br/> <strong>Sydney, Australia</strong> - <strong>June 01 2009</strong> - NComputing,
the leading provider of ultra low-cost computing solutions, today announced that
it will partner with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
(UNDESA) to bring computer access to primary and secondary schools in developing
countries around the world. The initiative has strong support from UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-Moon and aims to provide 500,000 workstations to schools in developing
nations by 2012. The program is being developed by the UNDESA Global Alliance
for ICT Development (GAID).<br/>
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“Access to computing technology is a cornerstone for education, social,
and economic development in the 21st century,” said Sarbuland Khan, Executive
Coordinator of UNDESA-GAID. “This initiative will play an important role
in closing the digital literacy gap that exists in the world’s developing
nations.”<br/>
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The first pilot project was completed in Burkina Faso, with additional projects
spanning Rwanda, Senegal, and Tanzania scheduled for 2009. These projects will
utilize 1,000 NComputing Linux-based virtual desktops. NComputing virtual desktops
are ideal for the project because they provide very low-cost computing, are simple
to ship and install, require almost no maintenance, and use only 1 watt of electricity.
In addition to the product donations, NComputing will also provide its logistical
and operational expertise with large-scale rollouts.<br/>
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The NComputing solution is based on a simple fact: today’s PCs are so powerful
that the vast majority of applications use only a small fraction of the computer’s
capacity. NComputing taps the unused capacity in a PC and shares it among multiple
users as if each person had their own computer. Each person enjoys a full PC experience
by connecting their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse to an NComputing access device,
which is then connected to the shared PC. The access devices snap into place in
seconds, are almost impossible to break, and save on maintenance costs because
only the shared PC requires ongoing service or upgrading. The NComputing solution
supports both Linux and Windows platforms.<br/>
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Dr. Paul Jhin, who is leading the initiative, will present the details of the
program to education ministers and other attendees at the eLearning Africa conference
in Dakar, Senegal on May 29. Planning sessions with ministers from African countries
will also be held to discuss additional pilot projects and large scale deployments.
“The NComputing virtual desktops give us an important opportunity to significantly
expand computing access and simplify deployment,” said Dr. Paul Jhin. “This
maximizes the use of donated and refurbished computers and simplifies deployment
and power requirements, which are key issues in many parts of the developing world.”<br/>
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NComputing has sold over one million virtual desktops in over 140 countries in
the last 24 months. Many are used in education, where more than 20,000 schools
and millions of students are already benefiting from the technology. “Closing
the digital divide is a key mission for NComputing,” said Stephen Dukker,
CEO and chairman of NComputing. “We are honored to partner with the United
Nations on this very important initiative; it will have an enormous impact on
the lives of millions of children throughout the world.”<br/>
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The initiative is developing a number of partnerships with commercial enterprises,
computer recyclers, universities, and non-profit organizations to provide technology,
logistical support, content development, and training for the deployments in Africa
and other developing countries.<br/>
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<strong>About NComputing, Inc.</strong><br/>
NComputing, Inc. was founded with the goal of making desktop computing affordable
for everyone. The company's award-winning patented technology lowers desktop computing
costs, improves manageability, and reduces both energy consumption and e-waste.
It is the perfect solution for leveraging the power and potential of PCs and cloud
computing. <a href="#">http://www.ncomputing.com</a><br/>
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<strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au </a></p>
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