Innovation and changeDone deals: a round-up of the latest govtech deals and agreements

Done deals: a round-up of the latest govtech deals and agreements

Our regular round-up of some of the latest agreed govtech deals from across the public sector

Cabinet Office renews Emergency Response Contract with UKFast

Following an open tender competition through the Digital Marketplace, the Cabinet Office has signed a renewed contract with UKFast’s public sector department for the delivery of a private cloud platform for ResilienceDirect, which supports effective response to incidents like natural disasters, terror attacks and power outages.

The secure platform delivers a suite of capabilities to prepare, exercise, respond and recover, supporting a co-ordinated and efficient response linking the national tier Government Departments COBR and the local emergency services working collaboratively with local councils, utility providers and many other sectors.

The British hosting firm won the initial two-year contact in 2016 and the extension gives the Cabinet Office access to UKFast’s industry leading government hosting services and round-the-clock support for another year, with the option of a further year’s extension.

Police Service of Northern Ireland chooses Civica for new Criminal Justice Data Sharing platform

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has appointed Civica Digital, a division within the Civica Group which provides digital services from concept to implementation, to deliver the organisation’s new data sharing platform for an initial five-year period.

PSNI ran an extensive procurement exercise to find a strategic partner to design, build, support and provide services for the future development of a robust Criminal Justice Data Sharing (CJDS) solution, set to go live in November 2019.

Civica Digital has designed and will build the new system to support information sharing between numerous sources including PSNI’s case management systems, Causeway (the Northern Ireland Criminal Justice Data Store) and the Police National Computer (PNC) – joining together multiple pre-existing systems into one streamlined, integrated solution.

The new data-sharing platform will allow better structured and controlled information flow between the police, the Public Prosecution Service, prison and forensic science services, speeding up day-to-day processes and reducing errors.

Civica Digital has designed an enhanced set of reusable services to improve the scalability of the system, which is critical as demand and case-loads are set to grow in the future. The new system also includes a set of operational management and self-monitoring tools which will allow PSNI to rapidly view, track and rectify issues as soon as they occur.

Information held on the data sharing platform can be shared out via the PNC, linking data with the wider UK and European police data sharing platforms in one seamless transaction.

Bristol City Council modernises its HR and Payroll process

Bristol City Council has taken steps to integrate its HR and payroll processes by partnering with industry experts, MHR, for the provision of its market leading cloud based iTrent system to replace its current systems.

The implementation of iTrent will enable the council to consolidate a number of its systems into a single, fully integrated HR administration platform. This will support the management of its employees through the automation of many core administrative tasks, improve management information while increasing self-service functionality to empower managers and enhance the user experience.

MHR has established a best practice model of operation for HR and payroll procedures developed in conjunction with more than 100 UK local authorities.

The move to iTrent will enable Bristol City Council to implement consistent best practice processes and achieve immediate benefits with a fully integrated solution that unites its HR and payroll functions with other back office systems.

Cllr Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Finance, Governance and performance, said: “We are looking forward to working with MHR as we bring together our HR and payroll systems to make sure we are working as efficiently as possible across our organisation. MHR have a good reputation for delivering effective software across the public sector and we are expecting to see significant financial savings and to become more efficient as a result of our work to integrate these systems.”

NHSBSA signs cloud and transformation deal with Agilisys

NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has signed Agilisys as its cloud and digital transformation partner.

The arm’s length body of the Department of Health and Social Care has taken on the company – which specialises in cloud and transformation services for the public sector – to help develop technology solutions to support its strategic vision and mission.

It follows NHSBSA’s publication earlier this year of a strategy document that includes a plan to remove its mainframe with a complete migration to cloud systems and an end-to-end digital transformation of its services.

More information on the agreement can be found here.

CCS extends data centre deal with Crown Hosting

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and Crown Hosting Data Centres have agreed a four-year extension of the framework contract for data centre services to the public sector.

It will go into operation from March of next year and has been valued by CCS at up £500 million.

The agreement marks an acknowledgement that, despite the gradual migration to cloud applications, many public authorities still see a need for hosted data centres into the near to medium term.

Crown Hosting’s deal with CCS provides a single set of terms and conditions for public sector buyers and is claimed to offer substantial savings. Call-off contracts under the agreement can be awarded for up to five years with options to extend for another two.

The new deal was concluded without any prior information notice or competition due to the assessment that the facilities offered by Crown Hosting form part of the critical national infrastructure (CNI), and that an extension would remove any risks associated with a move to a different supplier.

Next generation contracts for mygovscot myaccount and digital public services awarded

Scotland’s Improvement Service has appointed four technology partners to further develop myaccount and its platform for digital public services.

The new contracts will help myaccount maintain current services while developing new technologies and innovations to help meet emerging and future needs. The four companies have been appointed for their different capabilities and strengths:

TCS, the multinational information technology (IT) service, consulting and business solutions company, will be the technology partner for IS core applications and services. It will act as the managing agent of the cloud hosting provider and any other 3rd party software license providers connected with delivering the IT applications and services. It will also coordinate innovation activity involving other partners.

Brightsolid, the Scottish cloud solutions company, has been awarded a new contract to migrate services operated and managed by the IS onto the next generation of the cloud.  Brightsolid and IS have worked together since 2013, with Brightsolid providing a dedicated IT infrastructure and hosting service to the IS over the past five years.

Yoti, a UK-based digital identity platform, is to undertake a pathfinder initiative looking at the potential of YOTI’s free app to let Scottish residents prove their age and entitlement, online and in person.

Wallet.Services of Edinburgh has been chosen to test out opportunities and applications for blockchain technology in the delivery of public services under the IS’s management as well as those offered in conjunction with the IS’s partners.

The new contracts will begin in August 2018.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service selects Civica to improve fleet safety and drive operational efficiencies

Civica has won a new £278k, five-year contract with Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) to implement its Tranman software, as part of NIFRS’ drive to improve fleet and equipment management across the organisation.

NIFRS serves the entire 1.8m population of Northern Ireland across 68 locations. The need for a fleet and stores management information system was identified to support a long-term strategy and drive efficiencies for Fleet, Engineering & Supplies.

Following a robust tendering exercise the contract was awarded to Civica who will provide NIFRS with the Tranman software, to streamline processes including creating a single view of all fleet management activity which will enable better data management while controlling costs.

Ensuring operational availability and compliance is imperative within the fire and rescue service for its critical assets including vehicles, equipment, and personal protective items, which all require regular inspection. Civica Tranman will provide the tools for managing the complete lifecycle of NIFRS vehicles and equipment from design through to disposal. The ability to access up-to-date, reliable records allows the organisation to automatically look ahead, scheduling workshop planning and services with interactive e-forms available using touchscreen technology. The Tranman software will form a comprehensive central data system for all essential fleet information providing a live electronic working environment hence creating great efficiencies across the organisation.

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