The Highways Agency has awarded a five-year contract worth around £10 million to Thales to provide secure network connectivity to public services network (PSN) standards.
Thales will link together the Highways Agency and its 49 sites across the UK and to the Department for Transport.
The contract, under the government’s Public Services Network (PSN) connectivity framework, includes network connectivity, encryption security, wide area networks, local area networks and remote access to employees.
A PSN is designed to deliver greater data security while at the same time making it easier for public bodies to connect to each other more easily and cheaply.
Thales will manage the transformation and migration of all users from their existing network to the new encrypted service. Thales will provide gateway services, which will ensure the data integrity and security of information, whilst allowing Highways Agency staff to work more flexibly and efficiently, said the Agency.
Last week, the Highways Agency extended a roadside IT services contract it had with IPL by a further two years, in a deal worth £500,000. This contract will enable the Agency to manage the display information on roadside signalling devices in order to help increase road capacity, improve safety and reduce congestion.