At a cost of $2 million, the Guayama municipal government began distributing Tuesday 10,000 Indipad-branded tablet computers to establish digital interaction between citizens, the government and the private sector, town officials said during an event attended by First Lady Lucé Vela, among others.
The 7-inch tablets are produced by LGS Caribbean and integrate the “Higher Steps” application, which will enable the interaction between agencies and citizens through built-in applications and online connections.
The first to get their hands on the tablet computers — just a few weeks ahead of the general elections — were Guayama public school students, who are expected to benefit from the technology both from the academic and security aspects.
The tablet is equipped with wi-fi and an external drive to download and upload data, and is also pre-loaded with a button that students may press to confidentially warn authorities if they are being threatened or bullied.
The 10,000 Indipads to be distributed in Guayama are added to another 15,000 that LGS Caribbean has distributed locally in the past three months. Earlier this year, Rocket Learning, a tutoring company, picked up the tablets to stimulate academic achievement of local students enrolled in its program.