Vestel Electronics wins smartboard bid
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Vestel will produce 84,921 smart boards for local schools.Vestel, the electronics and house apliances company has won the bid for making smart boards for tens of thousands of schools across Turkey, a part of the Fatih Project, which also aims to distribute tablets to students.
Vestel signed an agreement Jan. 9 with the Transportation Ministry for the production of 84,921 smart boards for a fee of approximately 339.6 million Turkish Liras, according to a filing by Vestel to the Istanbul Stock Exchange (İMKB). As per the agreement, Vestel will ensure the smart boards are completed within eight months. As part of the pilot phase, 200 smart boards will be ready by February for distribution.
Nearly 40,000 schools and 600,000 classes will be equipped with IT resources, including personal tablets, e-books and smart classrooms, bringing computerized education as part of the Fatih Project, Turkey’s Movement of Enhancing Opportunities and Improving Technology, part of the Turkish government’s quest to connect students to the Internet, making both students and teachers more technologically savvy.
Among others, Ericsson, Research in Motion (RIM), General Mobile and Apple had previously expressed interest in the project.