Fujitsu has been awarded a £25 million contract to provide managed services to Libraries NI, the single Public Library Service for Northern Ireland, as part of a ‘significant’ investment in modernising services.
The five year contract will involve Fujitsu overhauling the entire ICT infrastructure in every public library in Northern Ireland. The project will focus on improving IT speeds, providing Wi-Fi access and putting in place a platform for ‘virtual library’ services.
Fujitsu’s role will involve management of desktops, data centres, corporate applications and services. The company will also be responsible for the delivery of internet access points to the public in order to support library services.
In addition, Fujitsu will be introducing radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to the libraries to enable self-service facilities.
Carál Ní Chuilín, Minister for Northern Ireland's Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, commented: “I am delighted to be able to provide £25 million over the next five years for this contract to help Libraries NI to greatly improve the public computer and internet facilities it provides.”
“Libraries offer invaluable resources and services and we must ensure these are available, utilising new and emerging technology, to as many people as possible.”
As part of the project, Fujitsu will create eight new roles through its apprentice and graduate trainee programme. 10 employees will also be moved over from public services provider Amey to Fujitsu as part of TUPE regulations.
Greg McDaid, Director for Northern Ireland at Fujitsu UK & Ireland, said: “This important win cements Fujitsu’s place as the leading IT Services supplier in Northern Ireland and demonstrates our ability to help clients move seamlessly into an increasingly digital marketplace. We look forward to working with Libraries NI to help them meet their objectives of delivering better, more dynamic services to customers.”
Japanese firm Fujitsu recently showed its commitment to its UK and Ireland business with an £800 million investment in pensions funds.