Soca stamps seal on £157m IT contract

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has awarded a ten-year £157 million IT services contract to a consortium of suppliers.

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The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has awarded a ten-year £157 million IT services contract to a consortium of suppliers.

The winning i2d consortium is led by Logica and also includes QinetiQ, Detica and Cable & Wireless.

The contract promises to provide Soca with a platform for improved collaboration with its partners, exploitation of intelligence and case management. It also aims to create efficiencies through consolidation of data centres, networks and desktops.

Trevor Pearce, director general of Soca, said, “This contract secures an efficient and sustainable IT platform which will enable us to modernise and enhance our technological capabilities in fighting crime and improve the effectiveness of UK law enforcement in dislocating criminal markets.”

Logica said, "This contract results from existing contracts coming to their natural end. The contract will look at making savings which will underpin the level of incremental efficiencies that need to be achieved as part of the reductions in public spending generally."

Two years ago, Computerworld UK learned that Soca's eventual overall IT upgrade could cost up to £800 million. The original plan was for a large IT upgrade costing between £300 million and £500 million, replacing Soca’s 400-plus legacy systems.

At the time, Soca was considering a wider contract that would allow for services to be extended to other policing departments with similar requirements. The ‘2010 Programme’ was set to be a ten year deal, with a break option at seven years and an opportunity for an extension.

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