State Wide Area Network has been identified as one of the core e-Governance back bone infrastructure by National e- Governance Action Plan (NeGP). DIT, GOI has issued guidelines for setting up of State Wide Area Network and also extended partial financial support to the States. GOI has approved the SWAN proposal of TamilNadu during April 2005 for the project. GOTN has given administrative approval vide G.O Ms.No.11 dated 27.10.2006 of IT Department towards setting up of TNSWAN at an estimated cost of Rs.181.69 crores ( DIT share Rs.97.17 crores & State Share Rs.84.52 crores ).
TNSWAN core network has 708 nodes ( POPs- Point of Presence), which was created at the Secretariat, Rajbhavan, DGP office, Commissioner of Police, Corporation of Chennai, Governement Complexes such as DPI,DMS,Ezhilagam,Panagal Building and Kuralagam at Chennai and at the Collectorates, Revenue Divisional Offices, Taluk offices and Block Development office. This Network will link all the Government departments to provide Voice, Data and Video connectivity for improving the delivery of services to the public and for improving the response-time and transparency.
ELCOT is the implementing agency of the project.HCL Infosystems Ltd is the consultant of the project. Tata Consultancy Services is the Operating Agency of the network, who has set up and maintaining the network on BOOT (Build ,Own, Operate and Transfer) basis over a period of 5 years. BSNL is the bandwidth provider of the network. The Network is being centrally operated, managed and maintained by TCS from the Network Operating Centre(NOC), Perungudi. A 24x7 help desk is operational at NOC by TCS and BSNL has a dedicated help desk at Trichy.
The core back bone network has successfully commissioned and the the BOOT operation has commenced with effect from 1.12.2007. The TNSWAN project was formally inaugurated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu & Hon'ble Minister for communications & I.T,GOI on 08.04.2008. TamilNadu is the first State,which has commenced the BOOT operation of the Network in the country.
The core network is being operated and maintained by TCS, the Operating Agency. The sites are being maintained by the respective Office( Collectorate/RDO/TLK/BDO). Any site issue at the POP is brought to the knowledge of the nodal officer of that POP appointed by the District Administration. The Operating Agency and ELCOT together with the co-ordination of the respective nodal officer to set right the issue for the smooth running of the network to provide uninterrupted services to the end user.
As of today, the twelth quarter operation has commenced as on first Sep'2010. Around fifty plus Government applications are running through the network. Also, Inauguration of the various schemes through Video Conferencing by the Hon'ble Chief Minister is being done through TNSWAN.
The vertical network is currently being maintained with guaranteed uptime as per the SLA (without any penalty) for the past four quarters by the Operating Agency.Horizontal Connectivity
Government Departments have to get connected to the TNSWAN POPs to come under the SWAN intranet, to roll out their applications and also to avail other services such as voice, internet, Video Conferencing etc. TamilNadu is the first State, which has gone for the horizontal connectivity through an open tender process.
ELCOT has floated a open rate contract tender for horizontal connectivity. ELCOT has finalized three Network Integrators, viz., Bharath Electronics Ltd, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, and HCL Info systems Ltd. through this tender to provide horizontal connectivity to about 5000 Government offices. BSNL is providing the bandwidth for the horizontal offices at the same rates, that was finalized for the core network. To provide connectivity to the Government Departments, the existing networking hardware in the POPs have to be upgraded. Hence, ELCOT has finalized one Network Integrator, Wipro Ltd through this tender for up gradation of TNSWAN POPs and the work of upgradation of POPs is under progress.
As of today, horizontal connectivity network is under operation at 210 offices of Commercial Tax, 74 offices of TWAD, 48 hospitals (TNHSP), TN e-Governance Agency, State Health Society and AGS office.
Work is under progress for Employment & Training (Training wing-67), Forest(96), TNHSP(222), Medical services Corpn.(25), Transport(141), Municipal Administration(165), Industries (68) and IAMWARM project.(53)
Work orders have been issued to the Network Integrators for giving connectivity to Treasuries and Account Dept.(247 ), Employment & Training (Employment wing-48), Registration(700), Forest (12), TNHB (19), Survey (25) departments and NIC (2).Broad Band Connectivity
ELCOT has floated a open rate contract tender for Broad Band connectivity and finalized BSNL as the service provider for the same. Through this tender, ELCOT has finalized a competitive rate of Rs.6500 + service tax per annum including static I.P for 256 Kbps to 2 Mbps along with a telephone line (incoming facility only). As of today, broad band connectivity work orders have been issued to BSNL to provide Broad band service to 2364 offices and 4036 schools.
Main Frame Data Centre
The functional testing of the TNSWAN(TamilNadu State Wide Area Network) was completed by July 2007. During that period, DIT( Department of Information Technology), Government of India was working on the guidelines to set up the State Data Center throughout the country. In this situation, ELCOT has taken a proactive initiative to set up a Data Center with two Linux complaint enterprise class Main Frame Servers adjacent to the NOC (Network Operating Centre) to roll out the e-Governance applications of the Government through TNSWAN. The Data Centre has commissioned as on 29.02.08. Main Frame Servers have been commissioned adjacent to the Network Operating Centre (NOC) of TNSWAN at ELCOT Premises, Perungudi to meet the immediate requirement of the Departments to roll out their applications through TNSWAN. The Mainframe Data Centre was formally inaugurated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of TamilNadu & Hon'ble Minister for Communications & I.T, GOI on 8.04.08.
The following applications are running on the Main Frame Servers.
1. Family Card Project.
2. e-Gov..Web Portal of Chennai Corporation.
3. PDS on line Billing (RCS)
4. MGR Medical University (Examination server)