HP launches Lab-in-Box

Having installed its fourth ‘Lab-in-Box’, a self-sustainable computer lab in a shipping container, Hewlett-Packard (HP).

“Currently, they have been installing these computer labs on pilot basis at public schools in places like New Delhi, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad. However, they are also looking at enhancing the labs’ social usage after school hours.

The technology company had installed its fourth ‘lab-in-box’ prototype. Each HP Lab-in-Box comprises a shipping container that has 15 HP multi-seat thin clients, a multifunctional printer, wireless connectivity, electricity, furniture, fans and air conditioning. HP’s multi-seat computing solution means multiple users can be connected to one PC, which maximises space while reducing cost and complexity.

HP is also hosting a cloud based educational application that searches and displays relevant videos from the internet, based on the textbook being read by the student. The application has an adaptive online self-learning tool called Mind Spark from Educational Initiatives, an HP partner, who is providing personalised assessment tools to the student in the local Gujarati language.

The previous three pilots are running at the Government Sarvodaya Senior Secondary School in New Delhi, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) campus in New Delhi and by the Indian army at the Western Command, Chandigarh.

Access to education and technology will play a key role in enabling this and HP Lab-in-Box contributes by addressing the biggest challenge to IT adoption by Indian schools – the lack of infrastructure,”.

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