DUCL wins network contracts in Central Bedfordshire and Kent
Daisy Updata Communications Ltd (DUCL) has been awarded a nine-year contract to manage and develop the IT network infrastructure for Central Bedfordshire Council. The firm will manage a wide area network connecting more than 183 council-owned sites and schools. DUCL is a joint venture between network solutions provider Updata Infrastructure, which is part of Capita IT Services, and Daisy Group, a supplier of unified business communications services. Updata has provided network management to Central Bedfordshire Council, and one of its legacy authorities, Bedfordshire County Council, since 2008. As part of the new contract, the council will join Essex County Council's Next Generation Network (NGN). DUCL was awarded the 10-year Public Services Network (PSN) accredited NGN contract in 2012 and provides IT network infrastructure and associated telephony services to 200,000 users across Essex.
Meanwhile DUCL has also been awarded a six-year contract to manage a shared network for public services in Kent. DUCL will manage a wide area network (WAN) connecting more than 1,350 establishments across Kent. The Kent Public Service Network (KPSN) provides broadband and internet connectivity to an estimated 370,000 users in fire stations, schools, local government offices, universities, colleges, libraries, health and other public sector locations.
Pictured: Central Bedfordshire Council headquarters, Chicksands
Daisy Group: www.daisygroupplc.com
Capita IT Services: www.capita-its.co.uk
Bristol City picks G-Cloud services from Eduserv
Bristol City Council is to work with Eduserv, the not-for-profit managed cloud services provider, on the migration of its IT infrastructure to the cloud in support of a council wide building consolidation programme. The contract, which was procured through the government's G-Cloud framework, will see Eduserv take over the day-to-day management of the council's IT estate and make use of Eduserv's cloud migration services to support the transformation programme. The project is estimated to be worth £1.5m over two years and will support the council's move to a new ICT delivery strategy to support its £90m cost savings programme. Steven Pendleton, Service Manager: Commissioning and Supplier Relationship Management, at Bristol City Council said: "The council will not need to own much of its ICT in future; it will buy services that match demand in a much more flexible way... Moving our IT estate to the cloud will give us a more flexible cost-effective resource which can adapt to our changing needs."
telent in record breaking Transport for London (TfL) traffic signals project
Technology services company telent has won a contract worth more than £100m as part of a major award from Transport for London (TfL). The overall contract is an eight-year agreement, apportioned to three suppliers, that will see the capital's 6,000 traffic signals upgraded and maintained to the latest, greenest standards. telent's contract is believed to be the largest single traffic signal supply and maintenance contract ever awarded in the UK. The company will supply, install and maintain all traffic control equipment in the West and South West of London, making it responsible for 49% of London's entire traffic signal estate. It will help expand the use of intelligent traffic signals, as well as new crossings for pedestrians and cyclists - all helping to deliver benefits to road users across this part of London.