In the last post, we provided a high level overview of the concept behind the Andhra Pradesh Real Time Governance (RTG) system. This week, I will take you under the hood to see the technology that powers the entire system.

The physical RTG centre is comprised of a "command and control centre" and a "war room." The command and control centre (CCC) is at the heart of all operations, with seating for 34 operators and a large video-conference hall. The war room is a smaller area with seating for about 10-12 people. This is typically used during critical events and disaster management/relief.

Both areas are equipped with video walls—a large 85 ft one in the CCC and a smaller one in the war room.

Each operator has a desktop with dual screens. One of the operators is also a designated video wall administrator who decides the content that gets displayed onto the video wall. Any of the operator screens can be picked up and pushed onto the video wall but the administrator also has access to a vast variety of other content that can be displayed to a larger audience.

The servers driving the entire system run in Hitachi Blade Servers using Load Balanced Clusters and HA Proxy running Pentaho Data Analytics, Hitachi Visualization Suite (HVS), Storage Manager, Active Directory, Anti-Virus, Perimeter Protection and host of other software.

The key software are the Data Analytics and HVS systems. The camera feeds from all the districts (a region with 53 million citizens) comes into the HVS system for the surveillance and video analytics. The data from IoT devices, Automated Weather Stations, Soil Health and Moisture data, Disaster Warning Systems, National Crime Database and numerous other data from each of the government departments flow into the Pentaho system.

In the next post, we will see how this powerful infrastructure enables the government to achieve the three key objectives set out for the system.

Header Pic: Hon'ble CM Chandrababu Naidu explaining the functioning of the RTG system to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.