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Leveraging Existing Television Infrastructure - Enabling Broadcasting and Printing Documents via TVPrintCast

Vennelakanti, Rama; Gupta, Ajay
HP Laboratories


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Abstract: Access to information is one of the key objectives of an e-governance initiative. Countries and governments are trying to achieve this through setting up various e-governance programmes whose success, scalability and sustainability are most often based on the availability of adequate communication infrastructure. Communication infrastructure is the backbone and prerequisite for success of an ICT initiative. However in most developing countries the internet and broadband infrastructure are often inadequate and expensive thus becoming an obstacle to the scaling up and sustainability of ICT. Technologies that leverage the existing infrastructure, and are easy to use may provide a viable alternative. Simple technologies that require little training, are easy to operate, assimilate seamlessly into existing behaviour patterns and are able to surmount barriers of language and literacy are worthy of consideration. One such experiment is the use of the existing more pervasive television broadcast networks to broadcast printable data that can be printed off the television with a simple device that interfaces between the television and the printer. In this paper we describe the technology and the field trial of the technology prototype that indicates the success of the technology

5 Pages

External Posting Date: April 21, 2009 [Fulltext]. Approved for External Publication
Internal Posting Date: April 21, 2009 [Fulltext]

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