Highways England (formerly The Highways Agency) is bringing in CGI to support a major IT refresh at the organisation, and support its transition from a government agency to a government-owned company.
Highways England handles over 20,000 road incidents a month and is responsible for maintaining England’s strategic road network (SRN) to ensure the smooth running of road traffic.
The aim of the three-year contract is to deliver greater mobility and flexibility, improved business agility and improved security, said Highways England. Under the deal CGI will provide end user computing services for over 3,500 Highways England staff.
Highways England will deploy a range of mobile devices, including secure laptops and tablets, and as part of the CGI contract they will be supported by CGI’s service desk, secure government cloud infrastructure and secure operations centre (SOC).
“This strategic contract with Highways England will take advantage of our experience in modernising other public sector clients’ systems and delivering stable, secure end user computing systems,” said Steve Thorn, senior vice-president at CGI Public Sector UK.
Highways England's operations are split into six regions that are roughly based on the regions of England. Founded as a government agency in 1994, the organisation was converted to a government-owned company on 1 April 2015. The value of the CGI deal has not been confirmed.