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Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

Land Registry signs IBM to provide e-security

The UK Land Registry has signed a three-year, multimillion-pound contract with IBM to deliver a security solution for all of its web-based services. The deal will include secure user access to the organisation's website, document authentication and e-signatures for electronic conveyancing.

BEA Java virtual machine runs independent of OS

BEA has developed a version of its JRocket Java virtual machine that can be run without the need to install an operating system. Liquid VM enables BEA and third-party Java Standard Edition applications to run on Intel-based hardware using VMWare hypervisor software.

Lancs police to deploy mobile data across force

Lancashire Constabulary is to become the first UK police force to deploy a force-wide mobile data system. Up to 3,500 police officers will use mobile devices connected through Airwave Mobile Applications Gateway Service and the national secure Airwave Tetra digital communications network.

Financial services IT managers doubt delivery

Three-quarters of UK IT managers in the financial services industry are concerned that their IT systems are not delivering satisfactory results for the business, a survey of 300 IT managers by research firm Vanson Bourne has revealed.

UK firms to renew £7bn of outsourcing contracts

UK companies will put almost £7bn of outsourcing contracts up for renewal by March 2008, according to Morgan Chambers. The consultancy's annual survey of 500 executives found that the average contract value would be £28.5m.

Euronext upgrades trading platform

Pan-European equities exchange Euronext has upgraded its IBM Linux-based trading platform to improve response times and increase throughput. The NSC Equities platform will go live in early 2007, said Euronext.

Oyster and Barclaycard to develop 'wave and pay'

London's Oyster card is to combine with Barclaycard to offer a "wave and pay" scheme in the capital within a year. The credit card firm has signed a three-year agreement with TranSys, the consortium that runs the Transport for London smartcard travel pass, to embed the radio frequency Oyster functionality into its Barclaycard and Barclays Connect Visa cards.

Skandia deploys Tibco for real-time business view

Skandia UK is to deploy a Tibco platform to provide a real-time view of business events. The software is expected to enable the financial services firm to cut time-to-market for new services, streamline the administration of its distribution chain and ultimately improve customer service levels.

Bank signs £515m multisource IT contracts

ING has signed seven-year IT deals worth a total of £515m with Accenture, Atos Origin, Getronics and KPN for the provision, installation and support of the bank's desktops, laptops, printers and telephones. Accenture will assume responsibility for governance, service management and supplier management.

Vista is last big Windows release, reckons Gartner

Windows Vista will be the last major release of Microsoft's Windows operating system, Gartner has predicted. The analyst firm said the next generation of operating environments would be more modular, with "more flexible updates to Windows and a new focus on quality overall".

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