Digital inclusion that goes beyond broadband

Connecting the ‘unconnected’

This case study enumerates how STL took the initiative of developing an integrated system, STL GARV, designed to instil a sense of equality in people of rural India. GARV is a supercomputer in the form of a kiosk that enables access to multiple coordinated digital infrastructure and services for rural communities. One of the many services offered by STL GARV includes providing connectivity to Union IT Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad from Hyderabad to Thummaluru village in Rangareddi district through seamless video conferencing and skills training system.

Challenges that we faced (and mitigated)

  • Low broadband connectivity
  • Internet services not being leveraged properly
  • Need to design a device with low power consumption
  • Convincing villagers on benefits associated with kiosk

STL Solution to deliver excellence

STL designed a STL GARV kiosk that offers multiple services to rural areas. This brought first and last mile connectivity to rural communities. The kiosk, operated by a semi-trained operator provided by STL team, can be housed in every village and costs are covered through a PPP mode. STL GARV’s system provides seamless, robust hardware and software to support villages’ digital transformation. We at STL believe that digital inclusion doesn’t ends at broadband connectivity, rather it begins here. Digital inclusion can bridge the gap that has led rural communities lagging behind in infrastructure development and GARV will enhance rural living through digital empowerment.

Creating tangible impact

27% Increase in internet usage
76.2% Increase in women using supplementary education
50% Increase in usage of government applications
7,980 visitors
18,700 Unique sessions

  • Daily data usage of 16 GB, up from 500 MB*
  • Enabled a cloud-based training system
  • Support key initiatives like Digital India, Bharat Net, Swachh Bharat and Ayushman Bharat
  • Provisioning of speech to email conversion
  • E-tutoring for all
  • Facilities like telemedicine and Swachh sense
  • Availability of smart surveillance and lighting
  • An Agri Marketplace to allow farmers connect with buyers