35 million students in over 50,000 schools throughout Brazil are now enjoying 523,400 new computer stations, in what has become the largest digital inclusion project in the world. Compared to a traditional PC-per-seat solution, the Brazilian Ministry of Education is saving 60% in up-front costs, 80% in annual power savings, additional savings in ongoing administration and support costs, and five years down the road only 1/5th the number of computers will need to be upgraded. In many of these schools, the substantially reduced infrastructure requirements of Userful software made it possible to deploy these labs without upgrading wiring in the school, achieving even further savings over traditional approaches.
Greatly reducing technical costs has allowed for significant expansion of this project. Hundreds of thousands more desktops are being deployed with Userful in Brazilian schools. The success of this project has shown how even populous and geographically large countries like Brazil can create great and long-lasting positive results from well orchestrated digital inclusion initiatives. Other countries are following Brazil's lead and are taking advantage of Userful's ability to turn one computer into many.