TCS Solution wins Platinum Icon Award in the Innovative Use of Technology category
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: TCS.BO, NSE: TCS.NS), a leading IT services, business solutions and outsourcing firm, today announced that the Tsunami Early Warning System (TEWS) developed by TCS for Indian National Center for Ocean Information (INCOIS) has won the Platinum Icon Award for Innovative Use of Technology, the highest award in the category, at the Web Ratna Awards, 2009. The Web Ratna Awards have been instituted under the ambit of the National Portal of India to promote innovative e-governance initiatives and to give due recognition to the exemplary efforts in this direction.
The Tsunami Early Warning System was envisioned as a National Importance E-governance Project by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India after the 2004 Tsunami disaster. TCS was chosen to develop and implement the TEWS for INCOIS as part of the National Tsunami Early Warning Centre at Hyderabad.
A first-of-its-kind implementation in the Indian Ocean Region using state-of-the-art IT and geospatial technologies, the solution provides real-time seismic data to INCOIS scientists helping them detect, assess and monitor Tsunamigenic earthquakes and issue Tsunami alerts. TCS leveraged its quality framework and project management methodologies and experience in designing geospatial solutions to operationalise the system in a record time of eleven months.
Dr. Satheesh C Shenoy, Director, INCOIS said, “The award is a recognition of our endeavour to leverage the benefits of technology to mitigate potential treat to life and property from Tsunami in the Indian Ocean to nearly 400 million people of our population.” He further added, “The system has proved to be extremely effective in the wake of several high magnitude undersea earthquakes in the Indian Ocean region. We have successfully used the TEWS to validate several earthquakes since inception in October 2007 including the most recent earthquake in April 2010 off southern Sumatra.” INCOIS was able to validate the April 2010 earthquake within 10 minutes and issue Tsunami alerts for Andaman and a Tsunami watch for main land in the next 20 minutes.
Tanmoy Chakrabarty, Vice President & Head, Government ISU, TCS said, “As the largest IT-company in India, TCS has always focused on using its core competencies to drive large-scale societal impact and transformation. The Tsunami Early Warning System for India is a robust and versatile solution that can also be leveraged by all countries that are prone to threats from Tsunamigenic earthquakes. We are honoured to be a part of this nation-building e-governance project.”
A 24x7-monitoring facility of various data sources of the Early Warning System has further enabled INCOIS assess potential calamities correctly and downgrade warnings in several situations, thus preventing panic and saving revenue loss for subsequent evacuation activities. Over the last three years of its implementation, the center has recorded over 1,000 earthquakes of magnitude over 5 on Richter scale and has never issued any false alarm.
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