The umbrella organisation for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India  National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is all geared-up to launch its own smart data centre in Hyderabad. Recognised as the first Tier-IV data centre, it will be built as per the international data centre standards and Minister of IT K T Rama Rao laid the foundation stone of the centre.

Located in Narsingi village in RR District, the smart data centre will house the national critical set-up with highly secured infrastructure and will be built with an estimated investment of Rs 500 crore. It will host major services under the Digital India initiatives. With this centre, Hyderabad will be one of the Major Hub for Processing Payments with a value of almost Rs15 lakh crore per month and about 4,000 million transactions per month.

As Telangana is one of the strategic and fastest growing IT corridors, the State was chosen by NPCI as it also provides advantage of supportive geographical presence, availability of abundant human resources and best in class network & Infrastructure, support from the government. This centre will add to Telangana’s brand equity in attracting investments in the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

The centre is designed in Tier-IV standards which would ensure high availability upto 99.995 per cent and complied with full redundant infrastructure (N+N) even during natural calamities. It is going to be environment friendly with the adoption of green building features, rain water harvesting and solar panels. It is being built with an Internet of Things (IoT) based building management system that will have eight layers of security system. The building would have the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.59 with high availability of power directly from the 33kv grid. NPCI has engaged Larsen & Toubro (L&T) as its turnkey contractor for building the smart data centre.

NPCI MD and CEO Dilip Asbe said, “We would like to thank the IT Minister of Telangana for laying the foundation stone of our smart data centre. Our focus will always remain on enhancing acceptance infrastructure for digital payments so as to encourage customers towards digital transactions to achieve RBI and Government’s less cash objective.”

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