Tim Findlay, Managing Director, at RemarkIT Solutions, said that New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has collected 500 PCs, printers and networking devices, but many more are required.
Microsoft Approved Refurbisher, RemarkIT has put together a process for collecting, refurbishing (where required), tracking and distributing the hardware in Christchurch.
"Non-Government organisations (NGOs) are working hard to provide IT equipment to those who need it most – this may be because they lost some of their kit in the earthquake or can’t get access to existing equipment. The need to be connected is greater than usual and we have a fantastic opportunity to lend a hand,” he said.
Brett O’Riley, Chief Executive at NZICT Group, added, "It doesn’t matter what operating system the hardware is using, it can be refurbished. It is fantastic to see Remarkit receiving donations across the full spectrum. It is a mark of the Kiwi spirit that everyone is willing to pitch in and assist during Christchurch’s time of need.”
Minimum specs for donated hardware:
Pentium 4 3Ghz
80Gb Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
Once donated, the hardware will be re-imaged with free copies of Microsoft’s operating system Windows XP and Office 2007 Professional.
All licensing fees have been waived by Microsoft.
To donate IT equipment, including PC’s, notebooks, printers, mobile phones and mobile phone chargers, contact Remarkit Solutions on 04 912 2020 or visit them at 130 Waterloo Quay, Wellington.
In other Christchurch response news, Auckland’s Connector Systems has put together the Aerohive Rapid Deployment Kit. The kit containing all the components required to get a wireless network up and running in short order, packed into a ruggedised case for easy transportability. Connector says it will provide free professional services to assist with configuration for customers in Christchurch.