The Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), India has successfully tested the first e-governance project on its open source software in Tier-I locations of the State for the Civil Supplies Department.
First time ELCOT has tested its 100 percent open source tools, including open source software desktop systems in an enterprise environment, on TN State Wide Area Network (TNSWAN). According to C. Umashankar, Managing Director of ELCOT, the connectivity is working fine in Tier-I locations and its is ready to enter Tier-II locations. Currently, the ELCOT team is working on other e-governance projects related to old age pension, registration of properties and commercial taxes, online tool for new VAT dealers' registration and facilitating filing of monthly returns. In the first phase, TNSWAN will be spread across 708 locations. These include 30 district Collectorates, 206 taluk offices, 385 block offices, all 30 DRDAs, 73 RDOs, all Collectors' camp offices and 14 vital locations in Chennai City. Tier-1 locations consisting of Collectorates have been connected at 8-12 mega bytes per second (mbps) speed with the Chennai Data Centre and Tier-2 locations comprising taluk and block offices at 2 mbps speed to the Collectorate.