HCL to bolster response system in Tamil Nadu during Covid-19 crisis

HCL to bolster response system in Tamil Nadu during Covid-19 crisis
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27 Apr, 2020

Noida headquartered technology firm HCL Technologies has partnered with the Tamil Nadu government to set up a data analytics centre in Chennai to strengthen disaster management efforts in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The company will also upgrade the state government’s technology, manpower assistance and reporting mechanisms, which take place via the disaster management helpline, a statement said.

Located in Chennai, the ‘disaster management centre’ manages calamities of all nature across the state. The new data analytics centre, which will be managed by HCL Technologies, will track data trends from across all districts in real-time to shape administrative decisions for response needed for each district. 

The new system will also help the local government decide graded relaxation of the current lockdown to resume economic activities.

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“Our improved disaster management helpline will enable us to respond to citizens’ queries in a timely and effective manner and also capture insights from the same to define future course of action,” J. Radhakrishnan State Relief Commissioner of the state said.

The national lockdown, which commenced on March 25 and was supposed to be lifted on April 14, has been extended until May 3. However, the lockdown will not be lifted at pan-India level but will be done in phases, according to several media reports. Also, the central government may allow states to extend the lockdown in major hotspots or cities beyond May 3, the news reports further added.

HCL Technologies recently said the pandemic will not have an impact on its topline for the financial year 2020-21, as most of its large deals were closed in January.

Earlier today, several brokerages said that the Indian information technology services industry may receive some relief from the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) although the overall sector could be staring at a washout financial year.