Haier Mobile provides customized smartphones to PITB for polio & dengue campaign

Haier Esteem i40 by PITB

Haier Mobile provided more than 10,000 customized smartphones to Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) to monitor the anti-polio and anti-dengue campaigns in Punjab.

In this regard, Haier has won a contract from PITB for introducing the PITB-powered version of its latest Esteem i40 smartphone. Other brands, i.e., QMobile and Lenovo also participated in the bid, but the contract was awarded to Haier.

A Haier Mobile official told More that many mobile phone companies filled tenders for the contract, but there were only a few (including Haier) with the potential to execute the requirement of PITB to make the phones customized and PITB powered. The contract was given to Haier because its bid was the lowest.

The purpose of these smartphones is similar to that of the phones provided to the education departments in Punjab under the E-Reporting system for keeping an eye on the attendance of the teachers, stationery, and other important things.

The phones provided to the health officers come with the pre-installed applications with various options for maintaining the healthcare.

Apps to monitor health officials

This phone offers many options for the health officers. Most of the duties focus on preventing the dengue virus because it is a very painful illness. Here are the details of a few features:

Esteem i40 apps screenshot
Health Apps Screenshot

Dry the Water: Water increases the chance of spreading the dengue virus. If a health officer sees a significant amount of water somewhere, he can select this option in the app. The app will capture the image of the area and send it to the relevant department along with the GPS location information. The consultant team will then arrive at the area to dry the water.

Grass cutting: An officer needs to capture the image of the grass while cutting it, to inform the health department about the condition of the lawn.

Dengue Larvae: If dengue larvae are found in any area, the health officer can tap this option to inform the department about it.

Polio: Polio is a very sensitive issue in Pakistan. That is why PITB has designed an app for the information related to this disease. The app is available in the PITB-powered smartphone by Haier.

Device starts with a greeting message from PITB

The device starts and shuts down by displaying the logo of PITB. The ROM of this smartphone is not the same as the commercially available Esteem i40 handsets.

Esteem i40 Greeting message
Esteem i40 Greeting message

On the back of the smartphone, a logo of the Punjab Health Department shines perfectly. Underneath, the phone carries “Powered by PITB” sticker.

Esteem i40 back view
Back of the PITB-powered Esteem i40

The PITB-powered version of the Haier Esteem i40 is not available for sale; it is designed only for the health officers of the PITB. All of the data shared using the apps of this phone is stored on the servers of PITB.

Talking to More, the CEO of Haier Mobile Zeeshan Qureshi said, “we are proud to support the Punjab government for initiating the health program. This is Haier’s contribution to society and welfare of the state.”

“Haier has already set up the first laptop assembly plant in Pakistan besides starting mobile phone production in the country, “the CEO added.

“Although, we are new in the market but we have a strong vision, and we believe in providing quality products. We understand how crucial it is to utilize the local resources,” Mr. Qureshi narrated.

Haier also takes credit for setting up the first laptop assembly line in Pakistan. With the collaboration of the parent Chinese Haier Group, a plant has been constructed in Raiwind, Lahore that has started its operations officially.

Haier also takes credit for setting up the first laptop assembly line in Pakistan. With the collaboration of the parent Chinese Haier Group, a plant has been constructed in Raiwind, Lahore that has started its operations officially.

Around 150,000 to 300,000 laptops will be available in the local market this year. The local production will ensure low price, demand and supply control, and positive customer feedback. Undoubtedly, this is a productive step to make Pakistan self-sufficient in the manufacturing of technologically advanced goods.

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