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Multipoint Server

The Computer Laboratory in Uganda

Workplaces are created on a single computer using the Windows Multipoint Server system in Uganda. Now each monitor works with an independent keyboard and mouse. The organisations saved up to 20% each.

Uganda is a very beautiful country in the Eastern Part of Africa. Stunning National parks, lakes, volcanoes, waterfalls and the most diverse wildlife on the African continent! Many scientists believe that the birth of civilisation took place here and the first people of our planet appeared.
Today, however, Uganda remains a poor country and ranks 94th in the world in terms of GDP per capita. Despite the fact that the Nile River flows through its territory and the first hydroelectric power station was built in 1946, today, 57.2% of the country is electrified. And 90% of the rural population does not have electricity at all until now.
But even where it is, it is dangerous to turn on electrical appliances without a stabiliser – the voltage and frequency are constantly “fluctuating”.
High cost, constant interruptions, and daily power outages for several hours pose difficult challenges for those involved in education – how to give children at least the basics of computer literacy in such conditions? Indeed, in our time, without it, the development of the country is impossible. And since most families and businesses in Uganda cannot afford to buy a computer, one of the few opportunities to introduce children to computing is to create computer classes in schools.

Windows Multipoint Server:

Computer Works Team after handover of Widows Multipoint Server System at Sure Prospects School – Entebbe
Computer Works’s National Sales Manager hands over Widows Multipoint Server System Lab at Buddo Christian Secondary School – Buddo
Computer Works’s Business Development Manager hands over Widows Multipoint Server System Lab at Glad Tidings Bible College – Makerere
Thanks to Computer Works Uganda and Global Technology Access Foundation’s assistance, more than 30 schools have been equipped with such energy sources. But the power of these units does not exceed 3 kW.
How to create a computer class for at least 20 seats, with such restrictions? The average computer consumes 200 watts per hour (160 watts system unit and 40 watts monitor). Even if all the school’s electricity is given to the computer class, we won’t be able to support more than 15 places.
But there are other consumers in the school – for example, a pump for supplying water to the toilet, lighting, communications, a printer after all! It seems that the situation is hopeless.
And here the Windows Multipoint Server setup comes to the rescue, which, on the basis of one system unit, allows you to create a multi-user system for up to 15 workplaces. A simple calculation showed us that just under 1.5 kW is needed to create 30 workplaces.
two system blocks 160W x 2=320W
plus two more video cards in each system unit 40W x 4 = 160W
24 monitors 40W x 24=860W
Total 1340 watts (approx.)

The only available solution at the moment is autonomous solar generation. Moreover, both in combination with fuel cells, and using conventional batteries as storage devices.

How is this possible?

The Windows Multipoint Server System allocates computer resources according to the needs of users connected to it. Since, the power of modern computers in most cases is excessive for solving the problems of one user, we can connect additional monitors, keyboards and mouses and create a multi-user system based on one computer using the WMS. At the same time, each user can work as if they had their own personal computer. They will have their own desktop, own settings and own set of devices they needs.
This example of computerization of schools in Uganda shows how a non-standard approach helps to solve seemingly unsolvable problems.
If you need to carry out computerization in places where there are problems with electricity or it is very expensive – take a closer look at the Windows Multipoint Server System from Computer Works Uganda and you can, not only save on equipment cost, but also reduce electricity consumption and bills!

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