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IT exhibition showcases diverse uses of computers

The three-day exhibition organised last week by the Vizag chapter of the Computer Society of India, in association with the Visakha Infotech Dealers Association (VIDA), brought together manufacturers, dealers and end-users by showcasing products of many IT companies under one roof. As opposed to a profit-driven venture, this endeavour was oriented towards providing a fillip to the IT industry. On display were peripherals like printers, scanners, all-in-one machines (scanner cum printer cum copier cum fax), accessories, storage devices and media, power conditioning equipment, UPS and stabilisers and the systems themselves.

The incredible popularity of the Internet, wherein one can communicate with friends, family and colleagues through e-mail, instant messaging, video conferencing and chat, and the dramatic increases in computing power means this is a great time to purchase a new personal computer. Owning a PC is definitely an exciting and rewarding experience. The PC is now the centre of the digital world helping one to connect to a variety of devices like digital cameras, camcordes, webcams and much more. Visitors to the exhibition obtained useful information on what to look for when going in for a new PC and some of the exciting uses one can put it through.

For Home/Soho (small office home), laptops, servers and the regular desktops, there were products from MNCs like IBM, HP and Compaq and national players like HCL, Zenith and PCS. Each promised to give the user the ultimate in digital experience. There was innovative software that could restore the PC's pre-crash state at the mere touch of a button. All that needs to be done if a computer should ever crash because of a corrupted disk, virus, power fluctuation, human error or any other reason is to take the simple precaution of installing the appropriate software. The PC Shadow software restores all the data, including system settings automatically, and brings the computer back to life in a matter of seconds. Besides, it is not Windows-driven, so it also recovers the program files quickly.

Also, Intel and AMD showcased their latest range of CPUs. In the area of consumables, storage devices and media, firms like Moser Baer, HP, Canontronics, Samsung and Imation put on their displays.

HP, Epson, TVSE, Wipro and Canon had also displayed their peripherals. The products offered fast printing and copying for swifter transaction, professional colour communication and photo quality, easy efficiency and stylish, soft touch `power management' keys.

In the area of power stabilisation equipments, there was Power Care. An SSI from Hyderabad, Power Care has grown in stature and is now accepted as a byword for quality having made its presence felt in the telecom sector. That it is used by firms like Reliance, Hutch, Idea Cellular, Airtel and Tata Indicom across the State is a testimony to its high standards. While APC, Microtech, TVSE and Arun displayed their range of UPSCs, there were inverters on show from Microtech and Power On (a locally manufactured product).

Also on show were fax machines, photocopiers and LCD projectors from Sharp Business System India Ltd which is a joint venture of Sharp Corp, Japan, and L&T. Paramount Office Systems Pvt Ltd., in association with Essae Technologies Pvt Ltd., displayed a wide range of equipment related with bar coding, electronic security systems, billing and electronic weighing scale solutions. The firm offered solutions for theft and pilferage problems faced in retail segments, mainly in garments, jewellery, libraries and super markets through provision of electronic article surveillance systems. Usha EPABX (electronic private automatic branch exchange) from Coral Telecom was also on display.

One of the main attractions at the exhibition was the horoscope stall.

According to the exhibition committee chairman, Anand Narla, the event was successful largely because of the overwhelming support given by members of the VIDA and the role of the local chapter's chairman, B.K. Panda, and the organising committee chief, D. B.V. Sarma.

``The response from the general public and computer professionals has been encouraging. VIDA proposes to have yearly exhibitions of this kind and we will continue our support whenever national conventions of the CSI are held in the city,'' Anand added.

V.S. KRISHNA

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