BANGALORE, 18 July 2000 -- The Bangalore-based UV Infotech, has launched the UV-NAT, India’s first video conferencing
Net Access Terminal which allows people to interact and view, while they talk to one another.
An UV-NAT terminal not only allows the users to access information but also provides added facilities like Internet browsing, e-mail, video mail and video conferencing. The target customers for NAT are hotels, libraries, cinema theatres, cyber cafes, banks, airports, railways, PCO, educational institutions and Public Sector Undertakings etc. The price of the terminal is Rs 2.5 Lakh and upwards depending on the applications and design.
UV-NAT unlike other terminals is intelligent and can also be used as stand alone Kiosks. They are very easy to use and there is no learning curve involved. Moreover, the user can receive or send e-mail in any language, make STD/ISD calls and play multimedia games. The UV-NAT consists of a camera and a touch screen, wherein users need not use the keyboard for many of the applications.
The UV-NAT terminals can be tailor-made to the client’s specifications and could be used either as an information access terminal or a ticket vending terminal. They are also capable of replacing pay phones and banking machines. An ISDN/Leased line is used for video conferencing, as it requires a minimum of 128K Bandwidth.
According to Mr. M S Udayakumar, Managing Director UV Infotech, "UV-NAT can work 24 hours and 365 days in any terrain or environment. It operates from minus 10 degree C to plus 80 degree C. This terminal, unlike any other PC uses a different architecture and designs, which is unique. Hence, the performance of this terminal will not vary in any condition at any point of time."
"We have set up a facility in Bangalore to manufacture upto 500 terminals a month. We have set ourselves a modest target to sell about 2,000 terminal for the current year. Today in India there are more than 10 lakh PCOs. Every PCO is a potential customer for us, if we can convert 10% of them as user station then the country would be well connected for the common man to use technology at an affordable price to communicate to one another," says Mr. Udayakumar.
The company plans to invest additional Rs 30 crore during the next three years to increase its global presence, manufacturing and R&D base. It has targeted a turnover of Rs 180 crore by 2004.
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