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KEPCO to Move ICT System Facilities to Naju Integrated ICT Center
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KEPCO to Move ICT System Facilities to Naju Integrated ICT Center
  • By matthew
  • December 2, 2014, 08:23
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Bird’s-eye view of Naju Integrated ICT Center of KEPCO.
Bird’s-eye view of Naju Integrated ICT Center of KEPCO.

 

The Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) held an official starting ceremony to move its ICT facilities from its headquarters in Samsung-dong, Seoul to Naju Integrated ICT Center on July 21.

KEPCO will transfer its 1,200 ICT system devices, the largest number out of any public organization, via several trips of non-vibrating vehicles, in order to move them safely to Naju City, South Jeolla Province.

There are three phases to this relocation. First, old facilities will be replaced and integrated. Second, a new network and information security system will be set up at Naju Integrated ICT Center. And finally, the ICT database will be moved to the new facility.

KEPCO will first complete a thorough due diligence on the facilities to be transferred by August. Then it will simulate the procedure more than three times for each phase by mid-September. The plan is to prevent any potential system errors that could happen upon the movement of the system.

Relocation of the major facilities will be completed from September to late October, and a perfect working environment is expected to be ready by November.

For last 30 years, the Power ICT Center, the center for power supply information systems connecting 290 branches nationwide, has been operated in the KEPCO headquarters located in Samsung-dong, Seoul. The facilities have actually been broken into two separate buildings: a communication center in the main building and an electronic center in an annex. As the headquarters moves to Naju Innovation City, the Power ICT Center will simultaneously be upgraded into the Integrated ICT Center for the unified management of electronic and communication facilities, which triggered this migration.

The Integrated ICT Center at the Naju headquarters is under construction in a four-story building to comply with the Uptime Tier-III standard, an international standard for safety and quality, most characterized by being created in a vibrationally-isolated structure that is immune to earthquakes. The construction is expected to be finished in late August.

Members of the “ICT Naju Relocation No Suspension T/F,” consisting of the best employees in the ICT fields of the headquarters and consortium members of three private professional companies, attended the starting ceremony. They discussed strategies for avoiding accidents, service suspension, and timely relocation, and pledged to achieve these goals.

KEPCO will provide administrative support to 20,000 employees and a 24-hour ICT service environment to power users nationwide through these meticulous migration strategies, including operating during the weekends and at night.

On the other hand, KEPCO hosted a meeting to draw coexisting cooperation plans with ICT-related industries and create communicative environments at the auditorium of its headquarters in Kangnam-gu, Seoul on May 28. There it presented bidding system improvement strategies in the ICT industry and ICT business plans for this year.

On that day, KEPCO introduced cases for bidding system improvement in the ICT field, and requested plans for major ICT businesses. KEPCO also had discussions with attendees about drawing up coexisting cooperation plans with ICT-related industries.

Furthermore, KEPCO will start policies to favor small and medium-sized companies when it orders software development businesses. When a big corporation does not form a consortium with small and medium-sized companies for sole bidding, the points for coexisting cooperation in a technical evaluation will become 0. This is a part of KEPCO’s plans to encourage consortiums with big corporations and small companies.

In addition, KEPCO will make sure that the quality test (BMT) of OA devices is professional, objective, and fair. It will do this by outsourcing the test to an external assessment company such as the Telecommunication Technology Association, provide equal opportunities for bidding by expanding prior notification candidates before ordering business, and ultimately induce fair competition.

KEPCO plans to create coexisting cooperation circumstances with ICT industries by operating an ICT customer service center constantly, and promoting a demand forecast in ICT businesses of small and medium-sized companies for three years in the future.