Transport for London (TfL) has awarded a five-year wide area IP data network management contract to Fujitsu Services.
Fujitsu will now be the sole provider of network services support to the 400 London offices of TfL, the body that runs London transport facilities.
The IP network will enable TfL to bring the supervision of its disparate networks onto one common platform. Fujitsu said that by standardising the level of network management and consolidating the delivery of information, TfL could expect to make up to 40% savings in leased-line and network management costs over the term of the contract.
Introducing a single support platform also brings TfL a step closer to meeting its information management and business strategy of integrating its IT services. The new measures will standardise the approach to the delivery of business applications across the TfL group, which includes London buses, the Underground and the Docklands Light Railway.
Other benefits of standardising the administration of its network services include a more focused approach to improving business continuity and increased network performance efficiency. Having just one platform from which to manage all networks also means TfL can prepare more effectively for future applications such as mobility, controlled-circuit TV over IP and IP telephony.
Mike Lloyd of Fujitsu said, “Network reliability is of paramount importance to any enterprise, especially one as large as Transport for London and particularly given the sheer scale and diversity of its individual responsibilities to London’s travelling public. With TfL’s specific network requirements now in place, we can help with maximising the benefits that can come from a consolidated approach to IT management.
“Drawing on our long-standing relationship, and conscious of TfL’s overall strategy for its networking needs, we designed a cost-effective, flexible plan that will unfold in set phases over the next five years, in accordance with the customer’s specifications.”