Chief Minister of Haryana laid the foundation stone of Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI) Data Centre at Manesar, Haryana in the presence of Shri Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of UIDAI, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh. The Data Centre is estimated to be completed by June 2014. The facility will come up on five acres and will be a state-of-the-art, energy efficient, captive “Green Data Center” as per global standards and guidelines. The Data Center would be equipped to provide 24X7 Monitoring and Operation Support. The Data Centre will be reviewed by Uptime Institute, USA for a Tier III certification, while the Indian Green Building Council will review the facility for purpose of awarding a Gold Rating LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for green building. The average annual Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of the Data Center is estimated to be less than 1.6, making it one of the most ‘Green’ and ‘Energy efficient’ Data Centers in the country. Further to ensure utmost security, the data centre is housed in a blast proof concrete structure adhering to the respective IS code and design as per Seismic Zone-IV compliance requirements. To ensure uninterrupted operations of the Data Center, modular & scalable systems will be designed that would provide seamless integration to support future load expansion, even supporting 1.6 billion enrolments that are estimated by 2030. Also, the Data Centre complex shall house a building to accommodate UIDAI Biometric Centre of Competence (UBCC) and National Training Facilities of UIDAI. This building is expected to be completed by October 2014.
Other key features that distinguish this Green Data Center are its adherence to the latest design guidelines such as ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) for cooling compliance, NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) for Fire and Security compliances, TIA 942 (Telecommunication Industry Association) for Data Centers and SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association) guidelines for improved indoor air quality. Being a Green Data Center, the design of the building emphasises on 100% treatment of waste water for effective utilization in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), horticulture & flushing and rainwater harvesting. Double Glazed Unit and insulated roofing make the building ‘energy efficient’. Lighting integrated motion sensors, use of LED fittings, variable speed fans on AHU, Heat Recovery, Free cooling, efficient chillers, efficient cooling solutions and UPS, zero use of CFC based refrigerant, use of low VOC materials in interiors & finishes etc. are the some of the other key features of the Data Centre complex. In the future, UIDAI will also look at the possibility of using renewable sources of energy such as Solar energy.