The Tamil Nadu government is joining hands with IBM to equip itself with IT tools to tackle weather-related calamities.
The government will establish an innovative, cloud-based intelligent operations common centre to ensure it can respond better to disruptive, extreme weather events, with the help of IBM.
Located in Chennai, the IBM Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency Management is designed to help mitigate the devastating impact of natural disasters, including annual monsoon-related flooding.
The state, which had witnessed extreme flood situations in the capital city of Chennai last year, will make use of IBM’s cloud, analytics technologies and services. It has been funded through an IBM grant of 20 lakh dollars.This is one of the 400 grants that the technology giant is giving this year.
The estimated market value of this whole project is around $20 lakh .
As a part of this initiative, Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) will get two years of technical and operations support, including an IBM-led transition team.
The new cloud-based centre will enable Tamil Nadu to pool time-sensitive data from various sources, including weather forecasts, current conditions, and historical data from The Weather Company, an IBM Business, to help track and gauge weather patterns as early as possible.
The centre will collect traffic, power, and health service and shelter information from municipal sources, and display the current data on a map shared by multiple government agencies.
Tamil Nadu is one of the few states in the country to have established a State Wide Area Network and State Data Centre.
Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA), as a state nodal agency, has been formed to support and drive all e-governance initiatives of the state.
As part of its e-initiatives, the Tamil Nadu government has proposed to offer cloud-based services such as web hosting on a self-service mode for the benefit of emerging young entrepreneurs and students at nominal cost.