ARMY STATIC SWITCHED COMMUNICATION NETWORK (ASCON)
The concept of modern day warfare envisages rapid concentration of mobile mechanised forces at a point of decision to deliver a crippling blow to the enemy using accurate lethal weapons available in the arsenal. This requires an extremely responsive and survivable communication system which should support a smooth information flow from tactical battle area to the decision nerve centres which are much behind the theatre of operation. In an intricately woven fabric of a field force, the Corps of Signals provides the Central Nervous System, the slightest malfunction of which can paralyse the best of military operations.
In their ceaseless endeavour to learn from, and better the past performances, the Corps of Signals has introduced from time to time, state-of-the-art systems. Introduction of Army Static Switched Communication Network (ASCON) revolutionised communications bringing about qualitative and quantitative changes. This highly sophisticated communication network is the consequence of the pioneering and visionary skills of the Corps of Signals and dedicated and perfected engineering expertise of the engineers of ITI Ltd. State-of-the-art digital technology is employed in the system which would support the Army along the nation’s most vulnerable borders. Matchless in performance, the network provides all telematics facilities, namely Voice, Data, Telex and Video. Many value added services had been provided in an integrated manner at the important operational headquarters. Despite the magnitude of task and the constraint of time for its completion, no essential details were overlooked. The network was implemented and made operational in a record time with impeccable finesse; and that too indigenously, before multinational technology came into India.