Calgary’s Userful is slated to demo an “ultra-low-cost computing solution” in England next week. It is the next generation of the company’s MultiSeat solution, which turns one Linux computer into multiple independent computer stations with a simple USB or Ethernet cable and software.
Userful will demo at BETT in the HP booth (stand J40, upper level) from January 11 to 14. The target market of MultiSeat is schools, which could deploy up to four times as many computers for the same cost. Each computer under Userful’s system operates its own monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
“Userful is shaping the future of economically and environmentally sustainable educational computing,” said Tim Griffin, President of Userful. “We’ve already done the world’s largest ever desktop virtualization deployment, and one of the largest digital inclusion initiatives in the world. Userful is the perfect solution for anyone who wants the benefits of desktop virtualization, without the price tag.”
More than 50,000 schools worldwide are already using Userful MultiSeat to provide millions of students with computer access. Countries such as Brazil have already successfully deployed over 500,000 Userful computer stations to schools in every municipality. Userful says that the Brazilian Ministry of Education has reported saving 60% in up-front costs, and 80% in annual power savings as compared to their previous PC-per-station solutions.