Outsourcing giant EDS is to centralise the databases of the Metropolitan Police in an eight-year £60m deal.
The deal was signed as the Met appointed a new head of its Department of Inform-ation, Ailsa Beaton, a former IT director at ICL and senior partner at PA Consulting.
EDS, the incumbent supplier, will Web-enable the Met's Crime Reporting Information System (Cris), and allow remote access from any one of 15,000 authorised terminals - rather than the 2,300 dedicated terminals on the existing system.
The enhancements will allow Cris to integrate more smoothly with the Met's Otis corporate desktop system.
EDS was the only bidder when the contract was put out to open tender. "Perhaps that was not surprising," said one insider at the Met's department of technology, information and communications systems.
The Met and EDS have repaired a troubled relationship over Cris. In 1992 the Met threatened legal action against EDS for delays over a project five years behind schedule. EDS threatened to counter sue alleging constantly changing specification before both sides agreed to settle.