Home Office signs data sharing deals

The Home Office has signed key infrastructure and software contracts to drive its criminal justice IT programme.

The Home Office has signed key infrastructure and software contracts to drive its criminal justice IT programme.

The Criminal Justice Exchange programme aims to allow a range of government agencies to share data, and the new contracts are part of this segment of the Home Office’s overall criminal justice IT strategy.

Fujitsu has won a £17m deal for hosting the Exchange infrastructure, and Steria has been awarded a four-year deal worth “tens of millions” for application software development and support, according to tendering documents.

Fujitsu is responsible for managing the migration of existing services to the new programme and for maintaining the ongoing operation of IT systems. Steria will provide ongoing support and further development on software already used in pilot projects.

Pilots have used the Microsoft.net and IBM WebSphere business integration platforms. Unix and Linux are being considered for future software development work.

The data sharing programme covers the Crown Prosecution Service, magistrates courts, the National Offenders Management Service, Youth Justice Boards and police forces.

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