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News & Notes 726:ICITI Project Cost Sharing by Community2017


Campuses normally have their own Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure to cost-effectively meet their specific needs. At Auroville, we have been relying upon BSNL provided Telephony and Broadband services. All our servers (including Auronet) are hosted outside Auroville. So, we pay BSNL whenever we talk to each other or send a mail or browse Auronet!

Integrated Communication and Information Technology Infrastructure (ICITI), a project of L’avenir d’Auroville, aims to not only remedy the above situation but break new ground in community ICT infrastructure. The major goals of ICITI are:

1. Make information and communication services available to all in Auroville at lower cost to facilitate closer collaboration, better governance and more transparency.

2. Offer eco-friendly options such as video conferencing, telemedicine and interactive broad cast of community events to reduce needless travel and carbon foot print.

3. Reduce electromagnetic pollution from mobile communications to safeguard the wellbeing of all - humans, flora and fauna.

4. Reach out to the bioregion as a ‘soft’ vehicle for delivery of development programs to enhance reach with available human resources.

To make information available to all (even those without their own computers) ICITI proposes to set up Community Browsing Centres under the new initiative i4all. The pilot i4all community browsing centre with three terminals is set up in the ground floor of Town Hall. It is open from 9Am to 4:30 pm for accessing Auronet, Auroville Website, Email, all Auroville servers and internet. The service is free and is open to all – Aurovilians, Guests and visitors. In the spirit of i4all, users are requested to offer the terminals to anyone waiting to use it within 15 minutes.

The pilot is experimenting with new technology from Ncomputing. The technology allows a single PC to be shared by up to eleven users and is expected to reduce the capital cost, save power and drastically cut maintenance effort as well as cost. The host PC uses open source operating system (Ubuntu) and free, open source software.

The pilot is funded by Stichting De Zaaier through PCG.