|Chapter 6: Identifying Appropriate Technologies
The place to start is an assessment of the existing environment; the current infrastructure of the power and communications grids will limit your options in those areas. Once the constraints are known, plans can be structured to respond to issues like irregular power or expensive bandwidth. The selection of hardware and software for the telecenter should be seen as an integrated process in which the purchase price is only one factor—operations costs, maintenance, and availability of technical expertise will figure prominently in determining a total cost of ownership. The following checklist may be helpful in analyzing the situation.
A Technology Package Checklist
6.14. Make It Your Own
This chapter has introduced a series of concepts with complex relationships between them. The technology itself is, and will remain, quite dynamic, so planners must assess the current state of play of hardware and infrastructure in their situations on a regular basis. Questions for the reader to consider include: