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News shots …. 9 March 2017



Stockton signs Capita One

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has signed a contract with Capita One to integrates its computer systems and simplify data sharing across children’s services.

It has purchased the company’s One Social Care solution as part of a wider transformation, along with its One Youth to replace the existing youth and youth offending systems. The company said this will save an estimated £100,000 per year on IT maintenance and support costs.

Ian Coxon, assistant director (business support and information) at Stockton, said: “One of the key aims of this project is to give social workers the tools they need to access information securely on the move so they can maximise their contact time with families. One Social Care will enable secure and efficient information sharing across teams working with children and help reshape our services.”


Sutton upgrades parking machines

The London Borough of Sutton has begun a replacement programme of its parking machines, upgrading them to the Metric Elite LS terminals through the framework run by public sector buying organisation Espo.

In all 143 terminals are being installed, most of them in on-street locations solar powered and with 20 mains powered machines in high usage areas. Those in off-street locations will have HD video screens to promote local retailers.

The council has also upgraded its alert system with Metric’s Real Time Reg and Web Services.


FCO opens ePassport gates in Paris

The first set of overseas ePassport gates have been opened at the Gare du Nord station in Paris.

ePassport gates use facial recognition technology to check passengers at the border before continuing their journey. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office said the gates will increase the number of passport control points and allow checks to take place efficiently.

Opening the gates, the UK ambassador to France, Lord Llewellyn, said: “Passengers can now benefit from this new technology which will improve passengers’ experiences, allowing them to clear our border checks efficiently whilst maintaining security.

“Our investment in ePassport gates demonstrates our continued commitment to joint border security and providing increased capacity to meet the expected business and tourism passenger growth between France and the UK.”

So far the gates in the UK have processed more than 100 million entries.

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