Datacraft collaborates with World Vision Taiwan to set up wireless internet access in remote areas

Top Quote Real-time information access expected to quicken relief efforts. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 23, 2010 - Datacraft, Asia's leading independent IT solutions and Services Company, has been supporting World Vision's charitable causes across the region since 2004. Most recently during this summer, Datacraft responded to the damages caused by Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan by initiating a donation drive among its employees to help children in the affected areas. To ensure a more sustainable solution, Datacraft has also committed to collaborate with World Vision Taiwan to construct wireless internet service network for communities and schools in the remote areas of central and southern Taiwan so as to facilitate communications in preparation for the next typhoon season.

    The wireless Internet services will enable "Online Disaster Warning", "Interactive Communication for Online Disaster Information Updating" and "Follow-up Reports on Internet Disaster Relief Actions". During the typhoon period, the Internet has demonstrated its far-reaching capabilities and enabled the immediate mobilisation of numerous private organisations and volunteers for the rescue and disaster relief efforts at the most critical moments. The critical role of the Internet in facilitating communications during the disasters has also attracted the attention of government authorities and has been incorporated in the post-disaster reconstruction plan.

    Bill Padfield, CEO of Datacraft Asia said, "Datacraft's partnership with World Vision dates back to 2004 and today, our offices in Asia are sponsoring over 150 children through World Vision. Such sponsorships form part of our Carecraft corporate social responsibility programme, as it is our motto to "touch lives and transform their future". I am very pleased to take our partnership with World Vision to the next level. The fact that we can make a difference to people lives by doing what we do best, makes this a truly meaningful project to embark on."

    Benjamin Wang, General Manager of Datacraft Taiwan, commented, "Internet is playing an extremely important role in disaster rescue efforts. By helping with the construction of wireless internet services in remote areas, we aim to enable real-time disaster information delivery. It is also our hope that the initiative will promote further efforts in implementing more sustainable and viable solutions that would bring quicker relief to affected areas."

    Internet penetration rate in remote areas is low. Where Internet facilities are available, they do not support wireless connections or multi-access service due to high wiring costs. Many are also unwilling to pay for the service. Such issues will be resolved when public internet access is enabled upon project completion.

    Wang added, "We are the only systems integrator honored as the 'Best Choice for Network Integration' in the 'IT Best Choice' in March 2009, in an online voting hosted by the Institute for Information Industry. Such recognition spurs us on to accomplish greater achievements. It is our hope that Datacraft Taiwan can contribute to our community by utilising our professional expertise."

    This collaborative effort with World Vision Taiwan would require Datacraft to construct wireless networks for the 20 most vulnerable community activity centres or elementary schools in remote areas. Targeted to complete before the arrival of the next typhoon season, the facilities will provide stable Internet access so that residents in both the urban and rural areas can access online information in real-time in addition to the conventional media of television broadcast and telephones. They will also be able to communicate effectively via internet, for example, to appeal for assistance. For visitors at the mountainous areas, the open wireless internet services will enable access to the updated weather analysis.

    Meanwhile, Datacraft Taiwan has set up a volunteer group for technology support; comprising 18 Datacraft highly qualified engineers who are Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIEs). These volunteers will help with the network construction and provide free consulting services on network communication infrastructure, focusing on organisations requiring such reconstructive efforts. The designated contact line is (886) 2-2171-3371; email: TW-CSR ( @ ) datacraft-asia dot com dot

    About World Vision

    World Vision was established in 1950 by Bob Pierce, an American evangelist. It is now providing child care services in about one hundred countries of the world and has helped more than 100 million children and people each year, including those people suffering from homelessness, hunger, illness and mental injuries. It is one of the largest child care organizations in the world.

    World Vision Taiwan, founded in 1964, has been for many years devoted to the care of less advantaged children suffering from poverty or difficulties in life. In addition to the remote mountainous areas, off-islands and seashore areas, the organization has now expanded its services to address social issues in urban areas. It also encourages local people to participate in charity activities for poor children in the world, as well as humanitarian aid programs. The care and love from Taiwan has now been extended to more than seventy countries throughout the world.

    About Datacraft
    Datacraft is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dimension Data plc (LSE:DDT), a US$4 billion
    leading global IT solutions and services provider. Datacraft operates in over 50 offices across 13 Asia Pacific countries. We help clients plan, build, support, manage, improve and innovate their IT infrastructures. Datacraft combines an expertise in networking, security, data centre, storage, Microsoft solutions and converged communications & contact centre technologies, with advanced skills in consulting, integration, training and managed services to craft IT solutions for businesses.

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    For further information, please contact:
    Amy Chiang
    Manager, Corporate Communications & Marketing Datacraft Taiwan Ltd
    Te l :   (886) 2  21713348, 
    Email:  amy. chiang ( @ ) datacraft‐    

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