Tender for election webcast equipment completed

    The Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation announced the winners of the tender for the supply of equipment to ensure the webcast of the presidential election on March 4. Despite the proposal of Ilya Segalovich to broadcast from mobile phones, the authorities chose a much more expensive option. The supplier of laptops selected Lenovo, desktop computers - Fujitsu, monitors - Samsung, cameras - Logitech. The project executor with a budget of 13 billion rubles. will become Rostelecom.

    The total number of polling stations planned to be equipped with webcams is about 91,400. About 25 thousand will be equipped with stationary computers, and the remaining 66.4 thousand with laptops. In some polling stations (4-5%) IP cameras will be installed, in the rest - ordinary web cameras.

    A set of equipment for each site:
    • PC or laptop;
    • two cameras with brackets;
    • two USB extenders;
    • one security cable for attaching the computer;
    • network filter;
    • uninterruptible power supply (for areas where stationary PCs are installed).
    The cost of equipping one polling station with equipment will be 25,783 rubles. with a market value of equipment of 28,000 rubles. All manufacturers agreed to provide wholesale discounts.

    “The equipment will be imported from China and Taiwan by seven Boeing 747 aircraft (22 thousand laptops fit on one board), desktop computers - 27 trucks from Europe. Monitors will be delivered from the Samsung factory in Kaluga. All equipment will be transported to Moscow, where 600 plants are already ready at two plants for setting up computers and installing software (Russian Linux distribution). Next, computers will be transported to the regions and installed by forces of 2 thousand brigades. The total weight of computer equipment will be 600 tons, the volume - 2300 cubic meters, ” saidDeputy Minister of Communications Ilya Massukh. Just in case, the authorities buy 5% more equipment than is necessary for the project. Deliveries to Russia begin on January 15, that is, today. System launch in test mode - at the end of February.

    After the election, the purchased equipment will be on the balance sheet of Rostelecom. This enterprise is the executor of the project, it also compensates for the costs of communication channels to 70 thousand polling stations. The average cable length to one section will be 3 km. Satellite channels will be connected to 4000 sites in hard-to-reach areas.

    Records will be stored on servers in seven data centers of Rostelecom, the volume of records is 5.4 PB. Rostelecom is committed to providing 1.2 million people with simultaneous access to the site; on the election day, site traffic is forecast at 25 million.

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