16 Jun 2014

Cheshire and Merseyside PSN framework choose Updata to deliver new regional shared network

Public services across Cheshire and Merseyside are set to benefit from projected savings of approximately 35% on current costs following the contract award for a new regional communications infrastructure ‘backbone’. The new network, provided by public sector network specialist Updata Infrastructure, will connect 13 partners across the region, as part of the UK government’s Public Services Network (PSN) programme.

The savings are expected to reach up to £1m each year, split between 13 public service bodies.
The new PSN for Cheshire & Merseyside involves 13 core partners including Councils, Police, Health and Fire & Rescue services; providing a major opportunity for public service organisations across the region to develop new ways of working together. It will allow much greater collaborative working, service transformation and shared use of buildings.
Following a comprehensive procurement process, Updata Infrastructure UK Limited has been chosen to provide a fully managed Wide Area Network (WAN) which will include high speed fibre-optic broadband to link hundreds of public sector buildings across the region. Throughout the tender process, Updata demonstrated its proven track record in local government, supported by its status as an approved supplier on Government’s Procurement Service’s PSN Connectivity Framework.
Updata’s cost effective and flexible WAN solution will replace outdated and disparate network systems across the region and will be the catalyst for greater collaboration, sharing of information and reduced duplication of resources. By pooling information and communication infrastructure for telephone, computer, CCTV and voice networks; significant savings will be realised whilst ensuring appropriate levels of security, resilience and flexibility are maintained.
PSN also gives users a robust approach to managing risk around data security and protection which is critical to organisations who handle sensitive personal data.
Speaking on behalf of the Cheshire & Merseyside Public Services Network project partners, Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council and Strategic Communities Portfolio Holder said: “The award of the contract for our regional PSN marks a significant step towards the continued transformation of public services in Cheshire and Merseyside. This will enable us all to reduce costs and wasteful duplication, whilst at the same time open up new ways of working more efficiently and collaboratively.”
Councillor Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said “CWaC sees PSN as a key building block in the next phase of public sector transformation and the closer working ties between the Council and its partners.”
Vic Baldorino, Co-founder and Sales Director, Updata said of the contract award: “The project partners placed a significant value on collaboration and innovation during the process, values which we share, and which are reflected in the solution. We look forward to working with them to realise their ambitions for the network and wider Council initiatives throughout the coming years”.
Sarah Hurrell, PSN senior responsible officer at the Cabinet Office, said: “The PSN frameworks are delivering on their promise to drive savings and efficiencies. For CMPSN and its partners this is about getting more for less: providing better services at a significantly reduced cost and we look forward to supporting them as they transition to PSN.” 

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