The European Commission has awarded a consortium led by Accenture a €70 million (£61.2 million) contract to maintain the European Visa Information System (VIS).
The contract is for three years with a possible one-year extension. The consortium also includes HP and Morpho.
The project will support the exchange of visa data across border management authorities, by ensuring the processing capacity of the system and the availability of high levels of search and matching capabilities required for visa applications.
The VIS system went live in October 2011 and has since experienced increased usage by consulates in non-EU countries and external border crossing points of Schengen states, said the European Commission.
Accenture will assume overall project responsibilities, overseeing the integration of functional, technical and operational maintenance to the VIS, the European Commission said.
Morpho will provide biometric matching services. Accenture and Morpho (as the Bridge Consortium) have worked with the European Commission since 2007 on the development and support of the biometric matching engine of the VIS.
HP has worked with the European Commission since 2005, deploying the HP Converged Infrastructure solution and associated technology services for the VIS, as well as the archiving and back-up system.
Under the new contract there is the potential for additional HP network support with associated consulting and IT support services.
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