Estácio de Sá
In August 2011, in an innovative initiative, about six thousand students from the University Estácio de Sá received a free tablet, which served as a platform for the distribution of all books and materials of their courses, as well as allowing access to the student’s systems, such as calendar, classes’ grade, among other tools. The devices have a version of the Android system completely customized by a team from Eldorado, in order to meet all the demands of the educational institution, especially regarding the device safety and technical feasibility for distribution of content.
The project of the Estácio de Sá Tablet began in April 2011 and had as initial scope the answer to the challenge of semiannually distribute books and materials from more than 215 thousand students from the University. The tablet, for its convenience and portability for reading, emerged as the best option. At that time, the university then opened a competition among national manufacturers and STi won the bidding.
Longtime partner of Eldorado, the company hired a team of developers from the Institute to create a customized version of Google’s Android operating system to meet the requirements of the University. “The Eldorado’s team had the mission of developing a complete solution to integrate access to services, information and relationship among students, teachers and University, all through the tablet”, explains Adriana Magalhães, project leader.
Pilot batch with six thousand students
To finalize the Estácio de Sá Tablet in time for the beginning of the second semester of 2011, the project had a team of 19 people, totalizing more than 10,000 hours of development. “It was a very satisfactory experience. There was a great synergy between the Eldorado’s technical team and the Estácio’s team. We realized we got a full customer satisfaction”, says Adriana.
The perspective is that the University uses the tablet for distribution of content for its 215 thousand students in five years. According to the institution, the project has a strong environmental appeal. The migration to the digital content represented a saving of 6 million pages in its first year, totalizing 240 million in five years.