The systems will be based on converged voice, data and multimedia networking solutions from Nortel. According to China's Ministry of Water Resources, floods, typhoons and landslides triggered by heavy rains have struck 27 of China's 31 mainland provinces so far in 2005 and the current flood season is far from over. Ironically, while seasonal downpours are causing problems in some provinces, other areas of China are suffering from drought.
The five utilities establishing this integrated system are the water resource departments of Guangdong province, Anhui province, and Henan province, coupled with the water resources commissions of Huai River and Hai River . Nortel's solutions will also enable improved water resources management, and 'anytime, anywhere' communications for utilities personnel.
More specifically, the Nortel systems deployed by the five water utilities comprise a number of key products and solutions in Nortel's e-Government portfolio. These include the high-capacity Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600, Multiservice Switches, Virtual Private Network (VPN) routers, and Multiservice Access Switches as well as a range of Nortel IP telephony solutions based on Nortel Communication Server 1000 and Nortel Multimedia Communication Server 5100.
The current contract builds on an earlier Nortel success with the Water Resources Department of Anhui province. In 2004, the Anhui department deployed a provincial backbone, based on Nortel multiservice switches, for a flood control and drought relief project covering the Huai River and the Yangtze River . The project involved connecting various water resources management functions across the region, and integrating data, voice, fax and video traffic over a single WAN (wide area network) link for branch offices, regional offices and central sites.
During the 2004 and 2005 rainy seasons, according to Anhui Water Resources Department engineering personnel, the Nortel solution demonstrated its carrier-grade reliability, stability and quality in providing the data required for effective flood monitoring and the protection of lives and property.