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Telent awarded Smart Highway contract

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Highway to the future.

Innovative service approach keeping the country’s traffic moving is about to get a whole lot smarter.

Congratulations from everyone at Co-Star to Telent for winning the Smart Higway contact.

Highways England has awarded a contract worth  nearly half a billion pounds to leading UK technology and network services company, telent Technology Services, to help keep England moving into the future.

Highways England today announced it has awarded the contract for the operation and management of NRTS (National Roads Telecommunication Services), a critical component of national infrastructure supporting the country’s 4,400 mile strategic road network, to telent Technology Services Ltd (telent).

The contract will see telent take over the current NRTS network and provide an end-to-end managed service from the 24-hour network operations centre at Quinton, Birmingham. Field services will transition from the current suppliers to telent, including current staff that will transfer under TUPE to join the telent team.

Additionally, telecommunications project works involving changes to and extensions of the network to support the government’s Road Investment Strategy, including telecommunications services supporting the rollout of smart motorways and expressways will transfer to telent.

From spring 2018, telent, together with its world class technology partners, will collaborate with Highways England to transform the NRTS network and roll-out innovative, world-class, carrier grade network technology, which will support the provision of new telecommunication services.  This will increase safety for road workers and users, help ensure that drivers and their passengers can travel with minimal delays, and facilitate the development of future communications-based services alongside the strategic road network.

telent CEO, Mark Plato, said: “This large, 7 year contract is an outstanding accomplishment. With telent’s proven capability designing, delivering and supporting England’s critical national infrastructure, we are uniquely positioned to support Highways England who we have had a relationship with for over 20 years.  We are excited to begin work transforming the NRTS network, ensuring we deliver a service that consistently upholds health and safety standards and delivers the required performance.

“Our technology innovation of NRTS will provide a world class, superfast network to support Highways England’s plans for upgrading the strategic road network.  The scale and capability of the transformed NRTS network will be on a par with all but the very largest ISPs’ networks, and this reflects telent’ proven track record of working with service providers to transform their networks.”

NRTS is used to connect Highways England’s seven regional control centres with over 30,000 roadside devices, including CCTV cameras, message signs, emergency roadside phones and smart motorway equipment. Today NRTS comprises approximately 6,000 miles of fibre and copper networks, 145 transmission stations and almost 5,000 roadside cabinets.

Highways England’s requirements for the new contract included effective service continuity and the ability to undertake a transformation programme without impacting on the service, whilst also reducing roadside maintenance activity. The upgraded programme will improve reliability, increase remote services, and support the introduction of new services such as wireless and IP CCTV.

Chief Information Officer at Highways England, Tony Malone said:

“We are pleased to announce the award of the second National Roads Telecommunications Service contract to telent Technology Services Ltd. With their proactive approach to innovation and collaboration, they will help Highways England deliver a service that will provide improvements in safety, customer service and delivery, as well as enable us to support emerging technologies such as connected vehicles and 5G.”

Source: Telent

Telent awarded key London CCTV maintenance contract

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Pioneering technology services company, telent Technology Services Ltd, has been awarded a contract for the maintenance of over 1,400 street-based CCTV cameras and associated CCTV Matrices and Operator Interfaces, which collectively form a pan-London Traffic Control CCTV system operated by Transport for London (TfL)

The cameras are distributed across each of the 32 Greater London Boroughs as well as the City of London, and provide the eyes on the street for TfL, the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police, London Ambulance and media services such as the BBC and TfL’s “JamCam” service.

The system monitors traffic flow and as such assists greatly in the management of road
incidents, bus lane and yellow box junction enforcement. The system also provides real-time information feeds to media channels and the travelling public.

The contract awarded to telent has a term of up to seven years and will cover the services to provide a comprehensive maintenance service, the supplementary works required to replace obsolete or damaged units, and the deployment of temporary cameras to cover special events.

This is another major new win for telent with TfL, following the award in June 2014 of a Traffic Control Equipment Maintenance and Service contract (TCMS2) for the West and South West of London.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this contract. We already maintain over 15,000 CCTV cameras in the London area and our efficient London based delivery operation has enabled us to offer Transport for London a very high level of service at a competitive price,” commented Chris Metcalfe, Managing Director of telent’s Technology Solutions business.

Iain Blackmore, Head of Traffic Infrastructure for TfL, stated: “Our Road Modernisation Plan is seeing huge investment being made to the capitals roads, improving journeys for all Londoners. This new contract is a good deal for London and will allow us to continue to actively monitor the Capital’s roads, helping keep disruption to a minimum.”

About telent

With annual revenues of over £300 million, telent has decades of experience in supplying a broad range of network and communications services. Today, the privately-held company employs approximately 1,500 people and has an engineering field force that covers the entire UK.

The leading technology company’s operational breadth and scale makes telent a service delivery partner of choice for organisations with mission critical communications networks — in every industry sector.

Customers include: BT, Virgin Media, Sky, Vodafone, Merseyside Fire & Rescue, Metropolitan Police, Highways Agency, Transport for London, Network Rail, Train Operators, London Ambulance Service, BAE Systems, EDF and Interoute.

Source: Telent