Met puts IT on front line with £350m deal


Met puts IT on front line with £350m deal

Antony Savvas

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has awarded Capgemini a seven year £350m IT and telephony services contract.

Capgemini leads the Cubit consortium which also includes Unisys and BT. The new contract sees ATOS Origin, EDS and Damovo not being kept on by the MPS after their existing contracts for similar work finish.

ATOS Origin and EDS will be replaced by Cubit in June 2006 and Damovo by December 2006.

Cubit will be responsible for the management and support of desktop IT networks, telephony and mobile devices. This includes around 30,000 desktops and laptops, 38,000 telephone extensions and 8,500 mobile phones.

The contract will also cover the support of over 50 MPS software applications relating to crime reporting information, analysis and records storage.

Cubit will also supply help desk services, new data centres hosting applications and services, and infrastructure monitoring and management tools to enable effective service management.

MPS director of information Ailsa Beaton said, “After a rigorous selection process we believe Cubit offered the most appropriate solutions to meet the specific demands of policing London in the 21st Century.

“We look forward to working with Cubit to ensure the Met has robust, flexible and resilient ICT services to support front-line policing that will also provide value for money.”

The majority of services will be provided by Capgemini. Unisys will provide applications management and support, some data centre services and desktop support. BT will manage and support the MPS wide and local area networks (Wan and Lan), and telephony and mobile services.


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