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n-Logue kiosk set up in Khammam dist

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A MULTI-PURPOSE, low cost, communication kiosk developed by n-Logue, a venture-driven company from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT), has been set up in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, formally launched it on Friday.

It is the first in Andhra Pradesh and more would follow, said Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT Chennai's Telecom and Networks (TeNeT) Group. n-Logue has already introduced this cost-effective `kiosk' in 18 districts spread across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra. The kiosk, to cost around Rs 50,000 will provide telephone, Internet with multimedia PC, camera, printer, four-hour power back-up for personal computer. In addition, it would have Indian language software, Dr Jhunjhunwala told Business Line.

n-Logue plans to connect through voice and Internet rural areas and small towns all over the country in the next 4-5 years. This initiative is one of the most challenging and societal-driven project of TeNeT with long-term implications, he said.

The TeNeT, a faculty group at IIT Madras, has also launched a new company recently called Network Management Systems, which leverages the convergence of telecom and Internet management. The country had tremendous opportunity, especially in the areas of management of traffic, subscribers, equipment and network health, he said.

Dr Jhunjhunwala, earlier presented a `snap shot' version of the venture initiatives launched by the IIT Chennai at the national workshop on knowledge-based venture creation, organised by the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), here on Friday.

The IIT Madras technology will be developed and ready for implementation by middle of 2003 and, "We hope to capture markets not just in the developing countries, but also in the developed," he said.

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