E-business services company ICL has landed an £18m contract to design, build and operate the IT infrastructure for the newly-formed government agency the National Care Standards Commission.
The new IT infrastructure will link up the headquarters in Newcastle, eight regional offices and 70 local branches, offering telephony, videoconferencing and IT facilities to more than 2,000 users.
"We wanted the new organisation to concentrate on its core activities so we took a deliberate decision that the commission will not operate its own IT function," said the head of the agency's implementation project, Chris Hume.
The IT elements of the infrastructure will be based on a thin-client architecture using Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system. ICL will begin rolling out the system in June and it is expected to be implemented fully by April 2002, when the commission is due to take on its regulatory functions.