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In brief .... 21 January 2016



CCS launches tech aggregation competitions

Crown Commercial Services (CCS) is planning two aggregation competitions to bring together technologies under unified sets of terms and conditions for public sector buyers, according to its latest Customer Update bulletin.

One will cover voice and mobile data, taking in messaging and equipment credits for suppliers. CCS has a view to award the deals in September.

The other covers fixed voice and IP telephony services, including but not limited to calls and lines. It will include options for conventional like-for-like replacement of existing telephony and ISDN lines with SIP trunks, a technology that can provide significant savings on line charges.

CCS is also exploring integrated IP based telephony solutions via managed and/or hosted services, taking in smartphones, tablets and PC clients as well as desktop phones. It has a view to award the telephony deal in March.

Civica launches Cloud Enterprise Mobility Management

Public sector software specialist Civica has extended its software asset management offering across mobile devices under its strategic partnership with Snow Software. It has set up a Cloud Enterprise Mobility Management service which can be used for all mobile devices in an organisation.

It includes capabilities to: provide notifications of potential data leakage via applications used on a device; centrally manage access to apps, email, Wi-Fi and other capabilities; and provide information on device use across the mobile estate.

The company said it will help organisations to raise productivity by pushing apps and setting changes to mobile devices based on specific requirements, such as relating to geography or authorisation.

Bluesky launches Vexcel UltraMap

Aerial mapping company Bluesky has implemented a Vexcel UltraMap system which it said allows for the introduction of continuous processing workflow. This makes use of the Microsoft UltraMap and follows Bluesky's recent purchase of two UltraCam Eagle cameras, also from Microsoft, and the introduction of new flying practices.

Microsoft UltraMap is an end-to-end photogrammetric workflow system that provides highly automated processing capabilities, allowing Bluesky to rapidly generate quality data products from UltraCam cameras. The improved workflow is designed to process huge amounts of data in the shortest possible time with a high degree of automation, supported by guided manual interaction, quality control tools and visualisation.

James Eddy, Bluesky's technical director, said: “In order to process the many terabytes of data produced in a flying season – for example, we are looking at over a trillion DSM points alone – the UltraMap system is just one component of a complex system.”

Axelos announces HP partnership for cyber training

Axelos, the Cabinet Office-Capita joint venture, has entered a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Eduction Services to run a Resilia cyber security training portfolio. It is aimed at helping organisations to define an effective enterprise response to cyber risks through the adoption of best practice and a unified training approach.

The Resilia cyber resilience best practice portfolio is based on ITIL best practice, and helps to align cyber resilience with business strategy and enables cross-functional collaboration in developing, managing and continually improving an effective cyber resilience strategy and management system.

Abid Ismail, chief executive officer of Axelos, said: “Resilia places people at the heart of your cyber resilience and helps equip all people with the knowledge to act on cyber security risks and give renewed confidence in exploiting the opportunities for growth and innovation in the digital age.”

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