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Centre for IT Services

Network Infrastructure

The connectivity between each network switch installed in various buildings is through a 1Gbps DLink optic fiber switch located in the Server room at the Administration building using an optic fiber cable. A 1Gbps DLink SWITCH is installed in every department and UTP cat5e/Cat6 cabling inside buildings to establish connections between the switches. ARCI also has Wi-Fi internet facility using DLink wireless access points and user-based authentication by the Sophos XG Firewalls for providing internet to all the users. The High-availability setup of the Firewalls ensures that the load balancing of network traffic and availability of network services all the time. A total of ~350 network I/O nodes and ~45 switches has been installed. ARCI is now a part of a strong and robust internal Indian network, i.e., the National Knowledge Network (NKN). The ARCI LAN, Internet and NKN facilities are being managed by CITS using the Sophos XG Firewalls.

Hardware Infrastructure

ARCI has the following Servers infrastructure.

Sl No
Model
Operating System
Purpose
1
HP Proliant DL180 G6
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
SYBASE ASE 15.7 Database Software - Production
2
HP Proliant DL360 G9
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
Local DC, AutoCAD & Origin License Manager
3
Dell PowerEdge 2900
Windows Server 2008 Standard
Antivirus Management Console
4
HP Pro 3090 MicroTower PC
Windows 7 Professional
IRIS Attendance System
5
HP Pro 3090 MicroTower PC
Windows 7 Professional
SYBASE ASE 15.7 Database Software - Test
6
HP Pro 3330 MicroTower
Windows 7 Professional
Saransh Digi Board Application
7
HP Pro 3330 MicroTower
Windows 7 Professional
Canteen Management System
8
HP 7600 DC
Fedora Linux
Intra Mail system
9
HPE Proliant DL360 Gen10 Server
Windows Server 2019
Digitalization Management Software
10
HP Proliant DL360 G9
Ubuntu 16.0.4 LTS
For DSpace software – (under development)

ARCI has about ~350 desktops, ~80 laptops, ~110 printers and ~12 scanners for various users and connected with various machines. The complete infrastructure is being maintained by CITS.

TelePresence System

ARCI has the Polycom Telepresence System, a High-Definition Video Conference System, which was implemented at ARCI Hyderabad and Chennai offices. The facility is being used extensively for various meetings, conducting interviews, etc. This helps reducing the travel expenses.

Software Infrastructure

ARCI has ERP applications, which caters to the business needs of various departments of ARCI for e.g. Finance applications & Payroll system for the Finance Department, Materials & Stores Management for Stores department and so on. The applications were initially developed using Power Builder 5.0 front-end tools and Sybase ASE 11i. Later, the applications have been migrated to Power builder 9.0 and Sybase ASE 12.5. Presently, the applications have been migrated and are running now with Power Builder 12.5 and Sybase ASE 15.7. CITS incorporates the changes which are regularly required in the applications by various departments of ARCI and also implements various Government policies related to Finance, Stores and Administration in the applications from time to time.

The following applications are being used extensively by various departments at ARCI.

  • Common Application: - The common activities that an indenter routinely performs and self-services like Leave, LTC, Telephone reimbursement, Medical reimbursement e.t.c. are included in this module. The “WORK-FLOW” facility in the module makes the office completely paperless and provides essential information about the document status at every stage to the indenter/staff.
  • Materials & Stores Management Systems: - From creating enquiries for procurement of material to the final stage of Bill passing, all the functions are streamlined using this system.
  • Finance & Accounts System: - There are four finance applications such as ARCI operating fund, Sponsored funds, Technology Development & Transfer funds and Multiple Finance Applications for (HBA & PFA). These applications assist in handling accounts by generating daily cash books, ledgers, trial balance, receipts and payment reports, income and expenditure reports, balance sheets etc.
  • Personal Information System: - This system is designed to catalogue comprehensive information and record of service related to each employee.
  • Payroll System: - Payroll system captures information from Personal Information System and IRIS attendance system and prepares monthly pay-slips. This system also generates various reports necessary for income tax, accounts, administration and bank purposes.
  • Library System: - The system automates all the library transactions like requisitions made by the employees for the procurement of books, journals, purchase order preparation, payment requisitions and helps the staff in the quick selection of books required.
  • Management Information System: - This system generates various reports, which act as important tools in decision making for the top management. The system extracts data from Common applications, Materials & Stores Management System and Finance & Accounts system and other miscellaneous systems and makes it readily available to the front-line managers in their workplace.
  • Transport System:- Material and personal transport activities are automated in the system, which keeps track of all information related to pool vehicle movement, hiring cars, trucks etc. Local conveyance payments are also automated in the system.
  • Security System:- This system captures inward / outward material movement in the organization and is also used for capturing visitor photo and issuing a visitor gate pass.
  • Dispatch System: - This system is designed to record daily mail transactions in the organization.
  • Medical System :- Medical system captures information related to in-patient and out-patient details of employees and cross checks with panel doctors, dependent’s list, eligibility criteria etc.
  • Recruitment System:- This system automates the recruitment procedures. It captures information received from the applicants and stores the same in the database. The database is subsequently used to scrutinizing the applications the applications based on eligibility criteria, age, percentage, marks in qualifying exam etc.
  • HRIS System:- This system designed for storing and maintaining staff data related to Projects, JRFs, SRFs, Trainees etc. The system includes the monthly payroll process and generates program-wise payment note automatically with a click of a button.
  • IRIS attendance system: - The IRIS attendance system is a bio-metric attendance system which captures employee’s IRIS and transfers the attendance details to the personal information system
  • Canteen Management System: - This system is designed to make the Canteen cashless transactions. It captures transactions on the POS terminals using smart cards and provides necessary reports. It also integrated with the Payroll system for employees’ canteen deductions.