Charging mobile handsets and connecting to internet might soon be easy in remote areas of Punjab which lack grid connectivity.
Microsoft has offered to supply solar powered portable cylinder-head-service gadgets that offer light, mobile charging and internet, with special focus on use in remote areas of Punjab.
A joint delegation of Microsoft and Veriown Global Holdings met Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday to discuss a proposal to launch a pilot project in the state for the promotion of the gadget, to be linked through a tablet, to be provided by the companies for offering services across various sectors, including education and agriculture.
The CM has directed Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) to constitute a group with the two companies to explore the feasibility and utility of such gadgets in the state.
Sources said during the meeting, Director Energy Access Initiative Microsoft, Kevin Connolly, shared his experiences for providing affordable internet connectivity. Veriown CEO Tim Condon, in a detailed presentation, demonstrated the Veriown Cylinder-Head-Sector (CHS) Service Offer for light and mobile phone charging, with NFC-enabled cards used to operate the CHS units.