EDP Department Activities
It is an accepted premise both in theory and practice that information and communication technologies can make a significant contribution to the achievement of an organization’s goals. So in this context the activities of EDP Department gains all the more importance. Currently EDP department of BCCL is engaged in the following activities.
1. MAIN SERVERS/HARDWARE:
An Organization like BCCL can benefit from the advantages of a Centralized Server concept. Putting a fast and well equipped Servers at HQ, increases the productivity, achieves standardization of application software, enables centralized backup and archiving and vastly improves the security of data.
Considering this, a Main Data Centre (M.D.C), having two servers (Application Server and Database Server) along with other necessary hardware has been established at BCCL H.Q Dhanbad.
The in-house developed Web-Based ERP package named “COALNET” has been installed at these servers. All the users across BCCL (Areas/ Stores/ Weigh Bridges etc) are connected to these Servers via MPLS-VPN Network.
In order to have seamless and un-interrupted running of COALNET PACKAGE, backup servers at Kolkata Office of BCCL has been installed as Near Data Centre (NDC). The NDC and MDC have been networked with a dedicated one to one Leased Line for continuous backup of the data.
2. NETWORKING OF COMPUTERS IN BCCL:
There are some major advantages which computer network has provided making the organizations more efficient and faster decision making. Keeping this aspect in mind, BCCL has gone in a big way for establishing Local Area Networking (LAN) and Wide Area Networking (WAN).
Thus all the area offices, Weigh Bridges, Regional Stores, Central Stores, Washery Division Offices, Central Hospital Dhanbad (CHD) have been connected to the MDC (i.e. BCCL-HQ, Koyla Bhawan) using MPLS-VPN connectivity (WAN) enabling easy, quick dissemination of information. It has heralded a new era in the BCCL towards standardization of application softwares as well as on-line activity.
A 20 point LAN is operational at all the area offices/ Stores, Central Stores, Washery Division Offices.
At Koyla Bhawan , BCCL-HQ about 500 users LAN is operational. This LAN has been upgraded to Gigabit LAN.
A 35 users LAN has been established at CHD to cater the need for Hospital Computerization.
The company has provided 1300 PCs/Nodes at various users across BCCL for Computerized Jobs/Office Automation jobs like Word Processing , Spreadsheet based Calculations, Undertaking e-Governance activities etc. More nos. of PCs will be gradually added to take care of demands due to reduction of clerical hands, need for communicating using E-Mails, File & Data creation and transfer etc.
At present BCCL Koyla Bhawan users have been provided with Internet facility through 45 MBPS dedicated Leased Line of Reliance Communication Ltd.
3. WEB-SITE OF THE COMPANY:
The company provides information for dissemination to public on its web-site. The Web-site has been shifted to its own server and is being maintained and updated in house. The Web-site has been given a face lift and the available information has been made more presentable & accessible. All the recent news, events, important notifications are constantly displayed on the company’s web-site and it serves as one-spot source of information for the general public as well as the employees of the company.
4. E-GOVERNANCE ACTIVITIES:
The BCCL is also offering Coal for sale through E-Auction taking help of the Service Providers.
The Road Sales module of COALNET Package has been recently modified to cater the need for e-auction, e-refund etc.
E-procurement has been started in BCCL.
Online Cost-Sheet generation has been started.
Coal Dispatch data from the weigh-bridges are being received ON LINE through WAN connectivity at S&M dept.HQ.
Online filling of Property Returns by executives, On Line Coal Production Reporting, Online Material Management System (MMS) have been implemented.