Ricoh India today said it will digitize 130,000 rural Post Offices in India.
As part of the deal, Ricoh India will install and maintain services of hardware, peripheral devices and operating system for Department of Posts.
Ricoh India is partnering with Department of Post for implementing and operating integrated rural hardware solution for around 1,30,000 post offices across India. Ricoh solution includes hand held devices with camera, bio metric facility, solar panels at EDO level and network connectivity.
In order to ensure smooth functioning of the devices, Ricoh will also set up services centers across India.
These mobile terminals will facilitate all postal and financial transactions in the rural branch offices, and upload this data to India Post data center to improve the delivery and quality of services in the rural areas.
Manoj Kumar, managing director and CEO of Ricoh India, said: “This project will first will be launched at three pilot circles in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan. By March 2017, 1.30 lakh hand-held devices will be made available across rural branch offices.”
The company said booking and delivery of Speed Post, registered mail, money orders, sale of stamps and postal stationary will be done through these devices and paper receipts will be generated. The scope of work includes supply of mobile computing devices and peripherals, installation of solar UPS, connectivity to access the application by service providers along with maintenance for five years.