The week in public sector tech: the biggest tenders and awards (18/07)

Extracts from an article by Oscar Williams, news editor for New Statesman Tech.

“This is the latest instalment of a weekly feature analysing the UK’s biggest public sector IT deals. In partnership with data analysis firm Tussell, we drill down into the top ten most valuable tenders and awards from the previous week, and take stock of which tech firms have won the biggest share of the public sector pie." [...]

"Transport for London issued the biggest tender of the week: a £71m contract to install a new CCTV system on the Piccadilly Line. The cameras will be introduced in time for the rollout of new trains as part of the “deep tube upgrade programme” in 2023. The public tender is light on detail, but similar systems are currently used by drivers on all lines other than the Piccadilly and Bakerloo to check the doors of the train before departure. The contract includes an option to extend the system to the Bakerloo line in due course."[...]

"The biggest deal of the week is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ £135m award to the IT services giant Atos. Atos has been enlisted to provide hosting and application support to Defra and several of its agencies. The department is currently trying to modernise its IT network and replace existing contracts. But it came under fire earlier this year for extending a 13-year-old £1.4bn contract with IBM to the tune of an extra £30m. It said it was forced to make the move because “substantial application development and maintenance services” were required in the run up to Brexit."

Read the full article on the New Statesman Tech website.

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