The Met signs £350m contract for new IT systems

The Metropolitan Police has signed a seven-year £350m contract with Capgemini UK to provide ICT services.

Jan 12, 2006
By David Howell
Deputy Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith

The Metropolitan Police has signed a seven-year £350m contract with Capgemini UK to provide ICT services.

Capgemini will collaborate with Unisys and BT to provide ICT support, including the management of all Met IT networks. The new collaboration has been dubbed CUBIT.

CUBIT will provide information communication technologies to support the Met’s 30,000 desktop and laptop computers, 38,000 telephone extensions and 8,500 mobile phones that are currently in use. Capgemini are managing the bulk of the services, including technology consultancy. Unisys will manage applications, and some datacentre and desktop services. BT will manage the Met-wide and local area networks, fixed line and mobile telephony.

The Met’s Director of Information Ailsa Beaton said: “We are very pleased to be entering into this working relationship with the CUBIT collaboration. After a rigorous selection process we believe CUBIT offered the most appropriate solutions to meet the specific demands of policing London in the 21st Century. We look forward to working with CUBIT to ensure the Met has robust, flexible and resilient ICT services to support front line policing that will also provide value for money.”

Paul Spence, CEO Outsourcing Services, Capgemini, speaking on behalf of the CUBIT collaboration, said: “The CUBIT companies deliver the right business mix and cultural fit to complement the Metropolitan Police. Together we have extensive experience of working with the Met, the wider criminal justice system and our ecosystem partners. We look forward to a successful collaboration.”

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