This week has seen a number of interesting multi-million pound IT projects emerge, with the likes of Transport for London (TfL), the Metropolitan Police and the Bank of England (BoE) issuing contract notices to begin engagement with suppliers in the market.
The British Library, for instance, has revealed details of a three to five-year project, worth up to £1 million, to build a new online platform to replace its existing website. It has said that it aims to “create an experience that matches the Library’s impressive physical presence in London and expands its reach to a broader UK and worldwide audience”.
Branded ‘Web Redevelopment Project’, the library hopes to engage users by providing a virtual venue for debate, whilst driving operational efficiencies by rationalising its web infrastructure.
The tender notice explains that the library hopes to establish a framework for information architecture, design and usability, where it will work with a small group of preferred digital agency partners.
Divided up into lots, the framework will focus on web interface development, information architecture, web design and web usability testing.
Those interested in participating in the tender process have until 3 August to contact the British Library procurement team.
Transport for London
Another project that is set to take place in the capital over the coming months involves TfL’s Dial-a-Ride service, which is a free door-to-door transportation services for disabled people and older London residents who find it difficult to use buses, trains or the London Underground.
The £4 million project will look to replace TfL’s current Trapeze Pass booking and scheduling system, which supports approximately 1.75 million trips per year to registered Dial-a-Ride customers.
TfL’s Trapeze system was implemented in 2005 and the contract for its services, maintenance and support is due to expire in December 2013.
The new contract will run for seven years and suppliers that are interested in engaging with TfL about the project have until 13 August to express an interest.
The Metropolitan Police revealed this week that it plans to replace its current intranet system with a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool for its 55,000 users. A contract notice states that the current system uses ‘outdated technology’ and the Met is looking for a supplier to “provide a future proofed solution that can be fully supported and which will accommodate the development needs of the organisation”.
Presently the system provides the Met with essential services, such as a library of standard operating procedures, intelligence briefings and a self-service HR facility. It contains approximately 46,000 pages of information, 55,000 resources and received 1.8 million requests for information per day.
Although the contract will initially only be signed for three years, the Met has said that if it is satisfied with the service it may extend this for a further seven years.
The deal could be worth as much as £8 million.
In other news this week it was revealed that the Metropolitan Police is in talks with specialist software companies to develop a system that pulls in user- generated content from smartphones, following the amount of footage and evidence that was supplied during the summer riots in London last year.
It is hoped that the system will enable the Met to use smartphone-generated content as supporting evidence to CCTV footage.
A Met spokeswoman confirmed that discussions with software vendors were under way.
“As part of ongoing contingency reviews and planning we have explored a number of technical options to enhance our ability to capture high volumes of data sent to the MPS from external sources,” she said.
“We spoke to a number of companies about the solution they could offer that could best meet our needs and operational requirements.”
Bank of England
The Bank of England (BoE) is planning to implement an IT system before the end of 2012 to assess the risk of firms operating in the financial sector.
The announcement comes amid the LIBOR-fixing scandal by banks such as Barclays that is currently rocking the financial services sector, which has put the BoE's risk assessment systems into question.
It is estimated that the system will cost up to £2.5 million and allow the BoE to record firms’ risk scores, whilst also providing the capability to analyse and report on risk assessments.
The BoE also wants the capability to analyse firms by time series, peer group or sector, and be able to drill-down and aggregate within firm structures and generate advanced visualisations and management reports.
Vendors must also be able to integrate the system with the BoE’s document management system, FileSite, in order to refer back to stored documents.
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