Cisco to digitize the mid-day meal programme

Akshaya Patra to leverage the power of network to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and expand their capacity

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BENGALURU: Cisco today said that it has partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation to  digitize their mid day meal kitchens across 7 locations in India.

Akshaya Patra Foundation runs mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.66 million children from 13,958 schools across 12 states in India.

Digitization of Akshaya Patra kitchens and key offices will help them realize significant gains in productivity, scalability, and cost-efficiency and accelerate Akshaya Patra’s goal to reach 5 Million children by 2020.

“Cisco will deploy an enterprise-grade network and collaboration suite connecting their kitchens and their offices by enabling end to end IT & process digitization.”, statement said.

The upgraded Akshaya Patra network will connect their offices in Bangalore, Gurgaon, and field kitchens across 7 locations (2 kitchens in Bangalore, one each in Lucknow, Vrindavan, Bellary, Guwahati, and Jigani) on a single network which will enable them to efficiently track their kitchen production, distribution, supply chain and logistics.

Through digitization, Akshaya Patra will have faster and better connectivity in their field offices which is critical to the kitchen’s operational performance, and necessary to support virtual collaboration and knowledge sharing.

In addition, Akshaya Patra can now analyze, and operationalize disparate sets of data in near real-time helping them to improve the overall speed, security and responsiveness of the programme.

Cisco has been associated with Akshaya Patra since 2007 through employee giving, volunteering and disaster relief assistance.

Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco says, “Technology connects people  in meaningful ways and has the power to create new opportunities and boost economic growth and well-being.”

“Cisco is committed to supporting scalable and self-sustaining programs that use technology to address some of society’s biggest challenges. For the past 20 years, we have applied our technology and expertise to accelerate global problem solving and positively affect people, society, and the planet.”, she added.

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