Sri Lankan Startups @ 4YFN / MWC 2016 in Barcelona, Spain

Mobile World Congress 2016, the largest mobile tech expo in the world was held from the 22nd to the 25th of February 2016 in Barcelona, Spain with the participation of over 100,000 attendees from 204 countries around the world. The attendees include the top C level personnel of all leading mobile organizations in the world, decision makers, consultants and all leading international media. A part of the Mobile World Congress, is the 4 Years From Now event which is a startup focused event that happens alongside MWC since 2014. This year the 4YFN was attended by 12,500 attendees including MWC attendees and had nearly 500 exhibiting startups all the way from the United States of America in the Western part of the world to Taiwan and South Korea in the Eastern part of the world.

Also, participating at 4YFN were 10 Sri Lankan startups facilitated by the Spiralation program of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka. Arimac Lanka, Enhanzer, ErbenLab, Evensel-IT, Kaawo, Katha, LiveRoom, PayMedia, PickFi and SquareMobile were selected by ICTA through an application and evaluation process to exhibit and participate in the event. Sri Lanka being an emerging startup ecosystem was exhibiting our talent among mature ecosystems such as Tel Aviv and Paris.

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Sri Lankan Startup Delegation at 4YFN | Pic via Spiralation Facebook Page

The startups were able to meet with potential clients, probable investors, future partners and also talk to people to validate their ideas and improve their offerings. Further, the participants were also able to take part in various workshops and listen to over 200 speakers talk on various startup related topics from starting up a business all the way upto how to exit.

A highlight this year was the selection of Kaawo as one of the 15 finalists of the 4YFN IBM Global Mobile Innovators Tournament. Kaawo tweaked their collaborative storytelling platform as a on demand internet radio service which saw them being one of the 5 finalist in the Smart Homes and Buildings category. A Sri Lankan startup being on a global startup competition stage alongside USA, Russia, Canada and Indonesia was a refreshing sight.

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The Kaawo team at 4YFN | Picture by Ahamed Nishadh

 

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The Kaawo team along with the other finalists of the Global Mobile Innovators Tournament | Picture by Ahamed Nishadh

 

Spiralation and the Sri Lankan delegation to 4YFN would also like to thank the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Barcelona, Spain Mr. Augustin Llanas Armet for visiting the pavilion and meeting with the delegation as well as hosting everyone for dinner on the 25th of February in Barcelona.

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At the end of the 3 day event, the startups were able to meet a number of people that would help them grow their businesses in various way. Some startups have already forged partnerships and started discussions with potential clients before they returned to Sri Lanka after the mission.

The Spiralation Tech Startup Support Program by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka provides various types of support for technology entrepreneurs and early stage technology related companies for developing their start-ups. The program includes but not limited to seed funding, trainings, networking sessions, business promotion opportunities locally and internationally, encouragement programs, hackathons, etc. The aim of Spiralation is to promote, encourage and support technology related entrepreneurship and innovation within Sri Lanka.

If you are a startup in Sri Lanka and would like to be notified about future opportunities available through Spiralation and ICTA, please visit www.spiralation.com and add your details to the Sri Lanka Startup Database. You can also join us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/spiralation to keep yourself updated on the latest in the Sri Lankan startup scene.

 

e-village

e-village

The e-Village concept initialized with a pilot project in a small village in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka – Mahavillachchiya. The village, with limited access to resources and few opportunities for its youth benefited greatly when ICT was introduced. Through dedicated teachers, individuals and organizations, the village youth were empowered with the knowledge and skills needed to access the means for a better quality life. An example of the impact the partners contribution and efforts have made on the village was secondary level students were commissioned to design websites and were earning more than their parents who are mostly farmers.

ICTA replicated this successful model in other villages across the country. Villages with limited resources and opportunities for their youth were identified, and provided with ICT facilities for e-learning, e-commerce, and other services. ICTA worked in collaboration with partners to bring in a greater resource pool of expertise and services, to develop the village and allowed for innovative social mobility amongst the members of the community.

objectives

The primary objective of the project was to demonstrate the effective contribution of an IT infrastructure in the accelerated socio-economic development. To provide increased opportunities for growth and a better quality of life for citizens in rural communities, particularly the youth, by using ICT as a tool and enabler for development.

Ketawala ICT& English Centre

An ICT & English Centre was established, as a result of the collaboration between the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICT Agency) of Sri Lanka, LearnAid and the KshasthriyaRajaputhraWeerasinghe Foundation (KRWF) of Mawathagama.

One of the responsibilities of ICT Agency was the implementation of the e-Sri Lanka Development Programme. The ICT & English Centre was a constituent element of the Ketawala e-village that established under this programme.

The objective of the project was to expand access to ICT, particularly by the youth in the rural community of Ketawala and its environs. It was also expected that there will be enhanced interaction between Tamil and Sinhalese communities living in the locality as the setting of the ICT Centre require the users to share the resources that was made available. Although the main beneficiaries of the ICT and English Language Centre were children studying at KetawalaVidyalaya, MuwankandaSaraswathi Hindu Vidyalaya, and Gonagaladeniya Primary School, school leaving youth as well as the parents of the children given access to the facilities.

The ICT & English Centre was built in a 20 perch block of land that has been donated to the project by the village temple. The site was located 6 Km from Mawathagama and was in close proximity to the Ketawala School.

The construction of the building was financed by LearnAid with private funds donated by Kuwaiti philanthropists. KRFW managed the project under the overall guidance and supervision of ICT Agency.

In Essence

  • Increased access to information and knowledge for children and adults
  • Increased awareness on the benefits of ICT and increased participation of villagers in ICT based activities such as e-commerce, e- learning etc.
  • Multi media library services to the community
  • Gradual dispersion of ICTs to neighbouring villages
  • Skilled trainers at village level

Empowered rural communities through access to information

Nenasala Project ( National Telecenter Project)

Nenasala Project ( National Telecenter Project)

The Nenasala Project is one of the projects implemented under the e-Sri Lanka Initiative. Formally known as the “Vishva Gnana Kendra Project (Nenasala)”, ICTA has incorporated it under the “Nenasala” label to introduce several models of the telecentres or knowledge centres to be established in all parts of Sri-Lanka to spread ICT services to the rural and semi-urban population.

The Project will aim to meet the infrastructure requirements in order to address the information and communication needs of rural areas in all parts of the country through the establishment of Nenasalas, and the provision of ICT based services.

As the diffusion and the use of ICTs in rural areas is limited, it is recognized that the most effective and efficient way to provide access to ICTs for rural areas will be through the establishment of Nenasalas. The main objectives of a Nenasala is to assist communities in:

  • Poverty reduction
  • Social and economic development
  • Peace building.

Since the inception of the project, a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approach is being implemented under the Nenasala project with the aim of measuring performance, learning lessons, and making required corrective actions.

Through building capacities and regular follow up activities, the collection of ongoing data at the Nenasala center level were promoted throughout the period. As a result, Nenasala log books were being maintained by the center operators for the purpose of maintaining the day to day administrative and usage data which will be useful for measuring the performance.

In addition, several periodic and independent evaluation surveys were also carried out under the ICTA central M&E unit, to assess the development outcomes and impacts of the Nenasala project. Furthermore, the Nenasala project management team, in collaboration with the M&E team, a regular field visits were also conducted to Nenasala center on random basis to ensure the quality of implementation.

The Nenasala Management team organize regular capacity building programmes for operators aiming to upgrade their day to day management skills as well as enabling them to improve the visibility of the Nenasala centers in the community. These programmes were systematically, monitored by the M&E team using different M&E tools

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In Essence

To improve and enhance the digital literacy among the grassroots.

There are 1005 Nenasalas being implemented island-wide.

eSociety

eSociety

The e-Society programme was implemented under eSri Lanka programme to promote the innovative use of ICT to meet the social and economic needs of the most vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka; to develop approaches to scale up successful applications; and to empower civil society with affordable access to information, communication, and relevant local content.

These projects were initiated through a funding mechanism which includes three types of grant programmes – the Community Assistance Programme (CAP), Partnership Assistance Programme (PAP) and the Replication Assistance Programme.

The Vision

Contemporary Sri Lanka whose national economy is significantly contributed to by the rural communities – in other words “taking the economy to the people”

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have had a significant impact on the lives of people – bringing them closer together, making differences less important and amplifying economic activity and growth. However, rural Sri Lanka, where nearly 70% of the population lives, is yet to profit from these developments. The overall goal of the e-Society Programme is to promote the innovative use of ICT to meet the social and economic needs of the most vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka; to develop approaches to scale up successful applications; and to empower civil society with affordable access to information, communication, and relevant local content.

 

Strategies

To use knowledge and information to move the centre of gravity of power, influence and opportunity, back to the rural masses, the following strategies are outlined:

  • Raise awareness within society about the uses and benefits of ICT through a strategic communications campaign.
  • Develop multi-stakeholder partnerships in ICT4D. These partnerships will network ICTA to other organizations and institutions that are engaged in promoting an e-Society.
  • Establish a fund that will adopt a bottom up approach to solicit and develop innovative solutions using ICT to benefit rural poor, women, displaced persons.
  • Introduce and mainstream ICT in rural communities to provide increased opportunities for economic growth and an improved quality of life.
  • Enhance the capacity of stakeholders by developing & delivering appropriate training programmes.

 

Project Outputs

  • ICT services to meet priority needs for a specific community
  • Local content, local languages and local radio programmes
  • Training opportunities for women and youth
  • Social entrepreneurship opportunities for local communities
  • A communication platform for cultural dialogue
  • Utilizing community capacity to implement projects and meet local needs

Project Outcomes

  • Increased awareness among disadvantaged groups on how ICT can benefit lives
  • Increased participation at the grassroots level in developing villages and rural localities
  • Development of partnerships between communities, civil society, public and private sectors.
  • Increased economic opportunity and equity through wide use of ICT in agriculture, health, education
  • Empowerment of women and youth

In Essence

To facilitate access to ICT amongst the most vulnerable groups in Sri Lanka and to ensure that the benefits of ICT flow to these groups the ICTA has implemented over 200 projects across the country.

These projects were initiated through a funding mechanism which includes three types of grant programmes – the Community Assistance Programme (CAP), Partnership Assistance Programme (PAP) and the Replication Assistance Programme.

  • e-Society Development Initiative
  • e-Village
  • Local Conten
  • Raise awareness within society about the uses and benefits of ICT through a strategic communications campaign.
  • Develop multi-stakeholder partnerships in ICT4D. These partnerships will network ICTA to other organizations and institutions that are engaged in promoting an e-Society.
  • Establish a fund that will adopt a bottom up approach to solicit and develop innovative solutions using ICT to benefit rural poor, women, displaced persons.
  • Introduce and mainstream ICT in rural communities to provide increased opportunities for economic growth and an improved quality of life.
  • Enhance the capacity of stakeholders by developing & delivering appropriate training programmes.
  • Community Assistance Programme – CAP ( for communities ) – 143 seeds grants awarded, Sustainability is 35%
  • Partnership Assistance Programme – PAP ( for organizations ) – 35 grants awarded, Partnered with Govt, NGO, Private Sector, over 70% Sustainable and Replicable
  • Replication Assistance Programme – RAP – 44 grants awarded

Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi

Community access to computer and Internet technology is an essential resource, connecting people to the information and skills required in the modern digital world. By increasing the availability of affordable high-speed Internet access throughout the country, it has the competency to promote economic development and social inclusion. This project aims to accelerate the government’s efforts in enhancing Internet accessibility for Sri Lankan citizens to accelerate economic, social and educational opportunities.
With this vision, the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) initiated the roll out the ‘Public Wi-Fi’ project under the 100-day program of the Government. The program is being spearheaded by the ICTA along with the support of the internet service providers in Sri Lanka including Sri Lanka Telecom, Dialog, Mobitel, Lankacom, Lanka Bell and Etisalat. The main objective of this program is to allow Sri Lankan citizens to be able to freely access to the internet for a variety of purposes. It is anticipated that access to online information will allow the citizen to pursue goals in education, employment, entrepreneurship, health, governance, etc. The main beneficiaries of this initiative are rural community including unemployed, youth, women and marginalized communities to access the Internet for their day to day information search.
Public Wi-Fi services play a great role in individual, group, or a community through access to information and other related services once used effectively and recognizing their potential. Moreover public access to internet help users to be well informed on various issues prevailing in and outside their society, through various informational services. For instance, farmers that used public Wi-Fi and obtain information on agricultural services able to increase their agricultural productivity through investing in better methods of production and fertilizers. Apart from agriculture, rural people engage in small-scale business activities to earn their living. Developing agriculture and business activities can contribute to improving the living conditions in rural areas. Easy access to information and communication services has given agriculture and businesses significantly improved access to markets for agricultural produce and other business products. The Public Wi-Fi project therefore has the potential to assists farmers and business community by providing them with modern technology, as new markets are established for internet base selling of their products and services.
Public Wi-Fi project also plays a role in relation to communication as social media networks are very popular mode of communication in todays’ world. It is evident communication enabled via social networks maintained by families, friends and also customers through the internet.
In the first phase of this project, 1000 public locations across the country will be provided with the Wi-Fi service and the first 510 locations are now operational throughout all districts, with the 500 remaining locations to be completed by the end of 2017. Inaugurated by the Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on 30th March 2015 at the Colombo Fort Railway station. On this day a total of 26 free Wi-Fi zones have been established and Kandy, Polonnaruwa, Matara, Jaffna, Galle, Peradeniya, Katunayake, Ratnapura, Dehiwala, were among the first cities to get the public Wi-Fi service which was promised by the present government before the presidential election. Currently there are over 110,000 users registered for this service. With this project, main public locations such as all state universities, railway stations, bus stands, hospitals, public parks, libraries, museums and certain government offices were upgraded with the public Wi-Fi Facility.

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Following is the district wise distribution of public Wi-Fi locations with their statistics.

# District Number of Wi-Fi Locations #  District Number of Wi-Fi Locations
1 Ampara 19 13 Killinochchi 1
2 Anuradhapura 20 14 Kurunegala 30
3 Badulla 46 15 Mannar 5
4 Batticaloa 7 16 Matale 3
5 Colombo 152 17 Matara 12
6 Galle 23 18 Moneragala 2
7 Gampaha 45 19 Mullaitivu 0
8 Hambantota 13 20 Nuwara – Eliya 11
9 Jaffna 17 21 Polonnaruwa 9
10 Kalutara 21 22 Puttalam 10
11 Kandy 32 23 Ratnapura 8
12 Kegalle 8 24 Trincomalee 11
13 Killinochchi 1 25 Vavuniya 5
TOTAL 510

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The highest number of data usage is reported from Colombo, Gampaha, Badulla, Kandy, Kurunegala, Galle and Anuradhapura districts and there are over 100,000 connections reported in Colombo and over 1500 GB total usage as well. Following map depicts all the Wi-Fi locations implemented island wide.

Map of the public Wi-Fi Locations

When speaking of monitoring usage and selecting the best locations, aspects such as Spectrum usage, power and location were taken into consideration. In order to use the service, a common platform is been used so that regardless of the network used, a citizen can have an account registered and start using Wi-Fi service. Once logged into the portal, it requires to fill user details including the National Identity Card number (NIC). Upon confirmation of the NIC and the mobile number registrant can start using the Wi-Fi service around the country irrespective of the service provider.
The Government Call Centre (GIC), 1919, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Public Wi-Fi services by general public and assist them to use the system. Further details on the project available at the web link:http://publicwifi.lk/ .

In Essence

Implementation of an effective promotions, education and awareness creation activities for adaption of Digital devices and technologies by the Citizens.

All citizens of Sri Lanka

e-Swabhimani – The National Best e-Content Award

e-Swabhimani – The National Best e-Content Award

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the creativity and diversity of locally developed content and to find digital solutions that have a strong impact on the society

Objectives

  • To promote and popularize the development of relevant e-Content and application as per the local requirement.
  • To recognize and incentivize the best e-Content and application creators, introduce them to the world market.

In Essence

Partners

Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure

A wide range of content are developed that would serve the needs of society.

e-Heritage Programme – Cutting-edge Digital Heritage Information

e-Heritage Project

 

Background

Heritage tourism has emerged as one of the most successful types of modern tourism. However, at present, the access to information on cultural heritage is limited and scattered. The accuracy and consistency of available information are also of concern.

Therefore, the ICTA initiated the ‘e-Heritage Project’ to introduce cutting-edge technology for the storage and dissemination of information on the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.

It is a three-year (2016-2018) project, implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other national stakeholders. The ICTA will obtain the support of service providers and experts in the fields of cultural heritage, archaeology and tourism promotion during the course of implementation. Sustainability will be ensured through the collaboration with stakeholders to enhance benefits to tourists, students, academia and the society.

Objectives

The project’s aim is to improve tourists’ access to information, tourists’ knowledge on and satisfaction at heritage sites through a comprehensive digital heritage framework with view to raise Sri Lanka’s image as a ‘heritage destination’.

In Essence

Partners

  • Ministry of Education
  • Department of Archeology
  • Central Cultural Fund
  • Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO
  • Department of National Museums

The enhanced knowledge on cultural heritage sites and the satisfaction contribute to increase in the overall tourist (local and overseas) to Heritage sites, which directly impact positively on revenue from cultural Heritage sites.

Digital Health Project

Digital Health Project

 

Background

The Digital Health programme of ICTA aims to create a ‘Digital Health Echo System’ in the country by introducing electronic health records and supportive information systems into the Government healthcare service whist creating an enabling environment for private sector, healthcare professionals, academia and all other stakeholders to engage effectively in implementing digital health across the country by end of December 2018.

Project Goal

To improve quality, safety, efficiency and patient centeredness in the service delivery of Sri Lankan state health sector using information and Communication Technology.

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to improve quality and efficiency in health care services provided by the government hospitals in Sri Lanka by implementing electronic medical record and supportive information systems in 300 government hospitals covering the National Hospital, Teaching Hospitals, Provincial and District General Hospitals, Base Hospitals and selected divisional hospitals throughout the country by end of December 2018.

Objectives

1.    To increase the Electronic Medical Records coverage of the selected hospitals up to 80% from the total patients who access the health services
2.    To ensure availability of updated, accurate information for patient care and planning of health services.
3.    To improve quality and efficiency in service delivery, governance, accountability and effective use of resources of the government hospitals.
4.    To improve the capacity of health authorities to detect emerging and re-emerging diseases and take necessary preventive actions.

In Essence

Partners

Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine
Provincial Departments of Health Services
  • To increase the Electronic Medical Records coverage of the country up to 60% from the total patients who access the government health services.
  • To ensure availability of updated, accurate information for interested parties including policy makers, medical administrators, doctors and patients.
  • To improve governance, accountability and effective use of resources of the government hospitals.
  • To Improve interoperability of EHR by supporting national level frameworks
  • To improve the capacity of health authorities to detect emerging and endemic health problems and take immediate measurements to control such problems.

Implement Electronic Health Records Systems in 300 government hospitals
Electronic medical records for 60% of Sri Lankan population

Our Approach

Project Steering Committee
Chairperson – DGHS, Co-Chairperson – CEO or Representative of ICTA
Members : Ministry of Health – DDG (Planning), Director (HI), 9 Provincial Directors
ICTA: Director – Projects, Programme Manager, Project Manager (Digital Health)

Provincial Project Steering Committee
Chairperson and Co-Chairperson – PDHS and a Senior Medical Administrator (Where Necessary)
Members: Representatives of ICTA, Regional Directors of Health Services, Directors/MSs of selected Hospitals

e-Hospital Steering Committee
Chairperson – Director/MS of the Hsopital
Members: Representatives of ICTA, PDHS/RDHS Office,  Representatives of all layers of the hospital including administrators, medical officers, nurses, pharmacists, MLTs, minor staff, etc.

300 Government Hospitals

Hospital Health Information Management System (HHIMS) is a collaborative effort of the ICTA and the Ministry of Health implemented by the Digital Health project. It is a comprehensive, integrated information management system designed to manage health records/ information of hospitals. HHIMS also provides information on progressive health records of patients for informed decision making. ICTA possess the expertise, experience, materials including software in par with the international standards to implement the HHMIS in Sri Lanka.The system developed on FOSS platform is now have implemented in many Base and District hospitals such as follows.

  • Base Hospital Dambadeniya
  • Base Hospital Awissawella
  • Base Hospital Panadura
  • Base Hospital Mahaoya
  • District Hospital Dompe
  • District General Hospital Ampara
  • Base Hospital Horana
  • Base Hospital Homagama

Other Initiatives

Web based Document Management System for National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA)
Computerization of National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka (NBTS)
Inventory Management System for Department of Bio Medical Engineering Ministry of Health , Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine

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Currently the employees of NMRA and NMQAL are facing huge difficulties when performing their duties as they have to manage a huge amount of paper based files and forms.Most of their working spaces have invaded by the mountains of files which make the working environment very complicated and stressful. Hence the management of NMRA has come up with an idea to get rid of this messy environment by moving to a possible computer based solution.As a result they have invited ICTA, the national consultancy agency for implementing IT based solutions within government organizations in Sri Lanka to team up with them to implement a proper web based solution.

Having accepted the invitation, ICTA conducted a process study at NMRA to identify their complex and interdependent functionalities and possible process reengineering opportunities as the first step.

Proposed web based Document Management System for National Medicines Regulatory (NMRA) is intended to manage the document processing related to issuing certificates for drugs, device and borderline products and activities of its sub division named, NMQAL. ICTA will assist them for future engagements in developing and implementing this system through their expertise of project management.

02

National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) is a special campaign under the Ministry of Healthcare, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. It has a unique role providing timely supply of quality assured blood and blood components and related laboratory, clinical, academic and research services for the entire government sector hospitals and for the majority of the private sector hospital in the country.

In order to manage Island wide operations efficiently and effectively, an information system was developed for NBTS, which act as a Management Information System (MIS) based on the primary information. It consists of several components such as Centre Management, User Management, Basic HRM, Donor Registration, Donation Management, Mobile Donation, Campaign Management, Receiving Counter Management, Request Counter Management, Issuing Counter Management, Blood & Blood Component Stock management, Inventory Management and Laboratories.

The system also facilitates decision making through a Decision Support System (DSS) providing a few dash boards enabling accurate planning and forecasting.

The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka is currently working in close collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service as the technical adviser to accomplish the Phase I of the National Blood Transfusion Service Information System (NBTSIS).

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Being the center of procuring, distributing and maintaining the bio medical equipment and spare parts in Sri Lankan government hospitals, Bio Medical Engineering Department resides a huge responsibility with them. They are frequently troubled with keeping updated records on the locations of medical equipment and their spare parts in the current manual process. With the help of ICTA, Department of Bio Medical Engineering was able to figure out a solution addressing this issue. ICTA has done a comprehensive business analysis to understand the current situation and provided them with a better solution through introducing an efficient and effective inventory management system.

Contact Us

Project Management Unit- Digital Health Project
460/A,
New Building,
Ministry of Healthcare,
Nutrition and Indigenous medicine,
T.B. Jayah Mawatha,
colombo 10.
T.P.: 011-2678099
Fax: 011-2678099

Lanka Government Cloud 2.0

Lanka Government Cloud 2.0

When the current technology enhancements and trends are considered, it is essential to implement a fully-fledged cloud environment which is capable of facilitating the emerging needs. Furthermore, ICTA is planning for new initiatives such as big data analytics, digital documentation and mGov application which need a fully-fledged cloud environment.

The version 1 of Lanka Government Cloud (LGC 1.0) was initially implemented with the objective of facilitating Lanka Gate and its components and enhanced later as a government cloud. Due to this, there are some limitations to enhance the LGC 1.0 further to cater to all government and emerging needs.

In view of the above facts, ICTA intends to implement an industry standard cloud environment to serve as the ‘Lanka Government Cloud 2.0’ (LGC 2.0) to provide efficient, cost effective, reliable and secure services. LGC 2.0 will cater to all government infrastructure requirements and it is expected that citizen engagement will be increased in numerous ways with proposed initiatives. While LGC 2.0 will be providing answers to the limitations and constraints of the initial version of the LGC (LGC 1.0), LGC 2.0 will create the platform to move forward with government cloud (G-Cloud) concept with great scalability.

Parallel to the Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN 2.0) which aims at connecting 3,500 government organizations during next three years, LGC 2.0 will be playing a vital role. Big data cluster will be a key component of LGC 2.0, where all government data belong to all categories will be stored. Big data analytics (or process of examining large data sets containing a variety of data types) which will be a major outcome of the big data cluster can be very effectively used for the economic growth of the country. Apart from this, open data platform will create a conducive environment in the country along with the government’s initiatives such as ‘Right-to-Information – RTI’ act.

In Essence

LGC 2.0 aims at providing industry standard cloud services to cater to all government. LGC 2.0 will consist of a big data cluster which will facilitate storing of government data belong to any category, big data analytics and open data platform. Moreover, LGC 2.0 will provide common shared services such as document management system.

  • Provide industry standard cloud services
  • Promote effective utilization of hardware resources by using latest cloud operations systems and tools.
  • Provide centralized solutions for common platforms such as document management system and big data platform.
  • To be aligned with the current technology enhancements and trends and thereby facilitating the services for emerging needs.
  • 1 Petabyte storage for big data cluster Other statistics are not yet available. However, planning to provide;
  • IaaS, SaaS facilities for all government needs
  • Virtual machine and Docker based (application container) services
  • Common and shared services for all government organizations

Lanka Government Cloud 1.0

Lanka Government Cloud 1.0

Cloud computing has emerged significantly and many businesses and governments worldwide entertain number of benefits by subscribing to the services offered by clouds. Under the ‘Lanka Gate’ project of the e-Sri Lanka initiative, the primary objective of this hardware infrastructure was to host a group of systems including Lanka Gate, Country Portal, Mobile Portal, associated e-Services and other re-engineering government solutions. This hardware infrastructure was designed in such a manner that it can be expanded to support not only the systems listed above, but also it can meet IT system requirements of the entire government organizations. Furthermore, this model could entertain hardware (server) requirements of any government organization which is willing to leverage on this infrastructure to add physical hardware resources to increase the scalability. Along with the ‘Government Community Cloud’ concept, this framework of hardware and network infrastructure is named as ‘Lanka Government Cloud (LGC)’.

LGC was implemented in 2011, and LGC is primarily designed for the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) delivery model which is the most common cloud delivery model. However, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) delivery models are also desirable for government for hosting some categories of application. ICTA has already deployed several applications under SaaS model.

LGC now runs more than 400 virtual servers for more than 50 applications including critical production systems such as Lanka Gate and its components, e-Services, e-Civil Registry, e-State Land Information Management System and e-Local Government. Government organizations have several benefits such as high availability, security, cost effectiveness, flexibility and easy implementation by leveraging on LGC. Therefore, the demand has been increased.

In Essence

Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) was implemented with the primary objective of providing reliable, secure and cost effective infrastructure services. LGC is a blade-server based hardware infrastructure with virtualization capabilities with high hardware level redundancy.

Government organizations can leverage on LGC rather than investing on servers and server rooms/data centers.

  • Provide reliable and secure infrastructure facilities for the Lanka Gate and its components.
  • Provide reliable, secure, cost-effective and flexible infrastructure facilities for e-Government applications.
  • Facilitate the government to adopt cloud technologies and thereby increase the success rate of e-Government applications.
  • More than 400 virtual servers
  • 50+ different applications
  • 20+ government organizations