An overview of the week in deals in the Irish technology sector.
PSNI extends stg£34m managed services contract with Fujitsu
The Police Service of Northern Ireland has granted a three-year extension worth stg£19m to Fujitsu’s ICT Managed Services division, the company said.
The initial five-year, £34m contract was signed in 2008 and saw the PSNI reduce the complexity of its service management by consolidating its existing, multiple IT service providers into a single provision by Fujitsu.
This included the PSNI’s service desk, fixed line telephony network, data networks (covering WAN and LAN), desktop and laptop computer requirements, applications hosting services, a network of static and mobile automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and a range of applications support services.
This extension takes the contract through to 2016. The new contract offers a number of benefits to the PSNI, including an additional savings of 15pc on current operational ICT costs and extended scope to cover additional applications.
Digiweb wins €70,000 broadband deal with Applegreen
Broadband and telecoms provider Digiweb has secured a two-year deal worth more than €70,000 with service station network Applegreen. The deal will see a 20Mbps and 40Mbps LAN connect three new motorway service stations located at Castlebellingham, Lusk and Enfield.
The geographic locations of the stations meant they were deemed almost impossible for any operators to provide efficient connectivity. Digiweb’s network flexibility enabled the delivery of cutting-edge bandwidth to the client’s remote locations.
Digiweb’s custom-built, point-to-point broadband connection provides the motorway service areas with a 20Mbps link between the three locations for business-critical applications. Following this, Digiweb built a LAN extension from the northbound stations across to the southbound stations.
The Digiweb solution enables Applegreen to expand beyond just processing card payments. The solution delivers CCTV, internet kiosks, POS operations and stock management communication between both the northbound and southbound stations. This is important for the company in order to offer value-added services that improve customer satisfaction and business operation.
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