The Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) would be launching a 175-kilometre-long optical fibre cable (OFC) network by the end of June this year. This will be a major move to remove hurdles related to the digital connectivity issues in the city and ensure smooth functioning of the Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC).
According to reports, the Srinagar Data Network of SDNet will be controlled from the ICCC that manages all the Smart City’s IT interventions and will have a capacity of 960 million OFCS.
The Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Athar Aamir Khan, said that this new network will help in managing the network shutdown issues. “This is a robust network with multiple loops that will never stop data transfer. For storage, we have created our own data centres that will account for any amount of data for the next around 20 years. To further fortify the system, we are in talks with Jammu so that we can keep each other’s backup,” he said
As per the corporation’s officials, the OFC network is glitch-proof with multiple layers for redundancy. This will ensure that the network never breaks down, even in cases where there is a mandated shutdown or jam in the network due to security threats.
The OFC network has been laid underground for which two ducts were constructed throughout the city, said the officials, adding that the network spans across all 66 major traffic junctions, critical public infrastructure and government offices.