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News shots …. 11 May 2017



Bank of England aims to integrate data collection

The Bank of England has begun a search for a supplier to pull together its four existing data collection systems, covering the management of statistical, financial, regulatory and non-regulatory issues.

It has launched a procurement, indicating the contract will be worth around £12 million over a potential eight-year contract, comprising an initial four with two possible 24 month extensions.

The Bank said it wants a system that will be able to add further data collections and provide additional functionality through the life of the contract.


New secure email for Northern Ireland Civil Service

IT Assist, the ICT services agency for the Northern Ireland Civil Service, has signed a contract with Belfast based cyber security firm Cyphra for a secure email gateway. Under a £2.5 million, four-year contract the company will replace the existing system next month.

The Department of Finance said part of the overall messaging solution provided by IT Assist to its customers is that all email entering or leaving the environment goes through a secure gateway. The new solution should take into account new threats that emerge.


Kainos delivers Scottish Student Awards portal

Digital services and platforms company Kainos has delivered a new online student portal to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), processing more than 150,000 applications per year.

The solution implements the Scottish Government Digital First Standards in removing paper applications for post-graduates. It is also claimed to minimise the number of phone calls for support.


Scottish Police stick with WPC for firearms licensing

The Scottish Police Authority has confirmed that WPC Software will continue to provide its Firearms Licensing System with a new contract worth £150,000. It has published a procurement notice stating that, as the only supplier capable of providing the licence and support of the Shogun system, the company has won the award without a competitive process.


Image, Bank of England by James Mitchell, CC BY 2.0 through flickr

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