Seeking to bank the unbanked villages, diversified business conglomerate DSK today launched an eco-friendly multi-functional portable device called ‘mobiliz’ that can work like a bank at door-step and Help Bridge the urban-rural digital divide.
Various banking operations like opening an account to deposits and withdrawals can be performed by the foot soldiers of banks called the correspondents with total electronic security with the help of DSK mobiliz, manufactured by DSK Digital Technologies. DSK Digital Technologies is part of the four decade-old Rs 4,000-crore DSK Group, one of the leading and diversified business conglomerates in India. DSK Group operates in sectors like Construction, Real Estate, Automobiles, IT & ITeS Products, Education, Investments, Pharmacy, Travel and Leisure, Hospitality and Infrastructure.
Unveiling the made-in-India product, Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Chairman of National Innovation Foundation, said: “I am proud to be a part of this historic occasion and I extend my hearty congratulations to DSK group for developing this unique product that helps bring the rural poor into the financial mainstream. DSK mobiliz has shown India can produce a world class IT product, which is beneficial for the society at large and not merely to a particular class. It truly empowers rural India.”
He expressed the confidence that DSK mobiliz will prove handy for the local unemployed youth as they can set up village kiosks to provide computer literacy, Internet access, value-added services with voice, video and data services.
Mr. D.S. Kulkarni, Founder Chairman & MD of DSK Group, said: “Our team has done us proud. We are happy to dedicate DSK mobiliz to the nation. DSK mobiliz a unique solar powered computing device that combines the high mobility of a PDA, convenience of a Tablet and the efficiency of the Desktop into an integrated, compact portable package. This device will act as a knowledge-delivery tool for the villages. It is robust with features and even very affordable and will help bridge the digital divide.”
DSK mobiliz helps eliminate frauds thanks to its inbuilt e-security system. It has a built –in camera, biometric sensor, smart card reader and writer and security access module. Transactions can be updated real time with the help of inbuilt GPRS. As a mobile computing device “DSK mobiliz” comes with a host of applications for financial inclusion, microfinance, BFSI, dairy segments, e-Governance, field workers in healthcare, data collectors, insurance agents and medical representatives. It can be used for imparting education and by Self Help Group Members to maintain their accounts.
This enables local unemployed youth to set up village kiosks to provide computer literacy, Internet access, and value-added services with voice, video and Data applications. mobiliz affordability and technological robustness can help in working out viable and scalable models to bridge the “digital divide”.
DSK mobiliz is a one stop solution that caters to multiple verticals right from internet connectivity, browsing, documentation & presentation, entertainment, data collection, secured transactions, which are going to be Inhouse/Onfield using open source technology at an affordable cost. Since it can function on solar power, DSK mobiliz can function even in areas that suffer chronic power shortages. College of Agriculture Banking “STUDY ON ICT BASED FINANCIAL INCLUSION” document mentions that “Khopi Village earned the distinction of becoming the first Village in Maharashtra State to become 100% ICT Model Village as it has issued 279 biometric smart cards as against 242 households in the village. This was achieved using the DSK Mobiliz.