Centerm Launches its Standalone Thin Clients and Payment Solutions in Pakistan

Centerm Information, that specializes in cloud terminals, thin clients, payment terminals and “desktop cloud” solutions and epayment solutions, has launched its range of products in Pakistan. NC Inc., that has been appointed as Centerm’s regional distributor for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, will be responsible for sales and after sales services in the country.

“With the availability of latest Centerm thin client devices in Pakistan, not only the organizations of all sizes but the home users as well can have access to the world class products for all their computing needs with much less operating expense than conventional computers.”, said Mr. Khawaja Samiullah Askari, CEO NC Inc.

He said that the thin client computing devices by CENTERM Information, one of the top three Thin Client vendors in the global market, are specially designed for home users and organizations to maximize operational efficiency, reduce costs, storage and energy consumption.

CEO NC Inc., while commenting on product portfolio, said that Centerm manufactures Cloud Client, Payment Terminals, Financial devices and Desktop cloud solutions. It has more than 50% market share in China and is the largest Thin Client vendor in South East Asia excluding Japan.

‘After our partnership with Centerm, we are not only offering the most cost effective solution to our enterprise customers in Pakistan and the region but for the first time introducing the Cloud computing technology to the SME and the Home user market.’ Khawaja Samiullah added.

What are Centerm Thin Clients?

Usually thin clients are devices that are capable of doing any operation or computing task but they need to rely on a server for their computing and storage capabilities. Which means that you can have several dozen thin clients connected with one main server that performs all the computational and storage tasks, while clients are just dummy terminals used as nodes.

However, Centerm thin clients are stand alone computers that come with complete computing and storage abilities. Centerm claims that its think clients come with enough computing power to perform tasks such as recording transactions in a database, web browsing, checking and responding to emails, all office type work and can also be used as a personal computer for other regular everyday tasks.


Centerm Thin Client


Centerm Payment Solution on Display in an outlet in Karachi

Centerm claims that its thin client devices use just 5 watts of electricity compared to around 200 watts or more for a typical PC, a major benefit in Pakistan which is facing power crisis for a long time now.

These devices help the users and organizations to save energy cost significantly while also helping them save a hefty amount on purchasing backup power solutions such as generators and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) due to only a fraction of energy consumption than the conventional computers,’ Khawaja Samiullah said.

‘If an organization needs 200 computers their typical energy consumption for conventional desktop computers is 40,000 watts per hour or 40 units whereas 200 Centerm thin client devices will only use 1000 watts per hour or only 1 unit in comparison, which translates into savings of more than Rs. 700 per hour or more than Rs. 140,000 in monthly electricity bill for 8 hours daily usage, six days a week,’ explained Mr. Mr. Askari.

Centerm devices are run on Citrix of VMware. It also has some devices that run on Android platform, which is among the most popular and easiest operating systems.

Specifications and Prices

Specifications for Centerm thin clients can obtained from this url.

Centerm said that it is in process of price tagging its devices in Pakistan and this information will be shared when its ready.

When we insisted for pricing details, it said that prices will start from Rs. 15,000 in Pakistan. More details are expected soon.

Centerm Financial Solutions

In addition to thin computing devices, Centerm also makes Payment Terminals, Financial devices such as card readers of all types, high speed document scanners, branchless bank’s remote mobile banking terminal and self-service terminals, tablets & mobile device terminals along with the supporting software for the implementation of this technology.

It provides utilities payment, credit card repayment, mobile phone payment, ticket ordering, online`-shopping, charitable donation to the users. It is the most convenient and safest way of payment as it brings the point of sale (POS) to the consumer. The hand held portable device can be connected to a cell phone and provides the option of swiping one’s credit/debit card.

Similarly its self help / branchless banking solution is another landmark offering in thin client technology and virtual technology with the minimum use of energy. It makes use of a device equipped with a display screen, biometric verification, scanners, camera, etc that allow the user to perform different banking operations anywhere.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • I believe 5W per device is incorrect. Been using ZBOX for sometime now, although using SSD the power consumption of these devices is low, but you still need to attach a Monitor, which could be another 25-30 Watts. You would get around 40 Watts if you add Speakers, and that is close to what you would get with a Laptop, which off course resolves the issue of Load-shedding without having UPS.

  • Bro… I wanna ask that is it secure system solution (means cloud computing)? because you have internet banking that is now a days very popular so is it possible that these server owners (or any one who directly connected with main server) can steal all your financials secret?????? and sorry for my bad English :)

  • Mr. Askari, Mr Navel, If Im not wrong, National Computers ,owned back in 2001 & 2002 by a senator, is promoting thinclients since they sold WYSE Winterms using Windows Embedded CE etc, they have been claiming this 5 watt theory since when VNC, Telnet, SSH ,Citrix , hummingbird solutions were there but not matured , back in 2001 till now , I hope they stand correct this time, and these thinclients don’t hang like they used to back in 2001 & 2002.

    • Its always great to hear from real and experienced professionals. Mostly, we have to suffer through the comments of cobblers in our hunt for gaining more info. Unfortunately, we have to read at least part of a comment to find out if its worth a read. I wish there were a commenting system to clearly mark junk and fillers.

  • Pretty lame and useless article. NO hardware specifications, LIke RAM hard disk space processing power. No price range. Just an advertisement with limited information and a lot of blabbering.

    • Thin clients mostly don’t have Hard Disk and processing speed is not much.
      Have you ever used windows RDP (Remote Desk Top) to connect to other PC/Server?

      Thin Clients show Remote Computer Desk Top only and speed depends on
      remote computer configuration. That remote computer may be in next room or in remote data center.

      Thin clients are also used in Cloud Computing environment. Soon thin clients will replace PCs in Offices

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