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European Union hires Atos consortium to enhance Schengen Information System

Antony Savvas | July 2, 2014
The European Agency for Large-Scale IT Systems (eu-LISA) has awarded a consortium of Atos, Accenture and HP a framework contract to maintain and enhance the European Union's second-generation Schengen Information System (SIS II).

The European Agency for Large-Scale IT Systems (eu-LISA) has awarded a consortium of Atos, Accenture and Hewlett-Packard a framework contract to maintain and enhance the European Union's second-generation Schengen Information System (SIS II).

SIS II is the largest information system for public security in Europe, allowing for information exchanges between national border controls, customs and police authorities, to manage the movement of people into and across the EU.

The contract is for three years with a possible one-year extension. As consortium leader, Atos will manage SIS II from defining requirements through to validating the adapted software.

Atos developed and supported the running of the previous system - SIS 1 - which was in use until 2013. Accenture will help enhance and evolve the software architecture of SIS II to increase system performance and functionality.

Accenture will also facilitate additional future capabilities as required by eu-LISA on behalf of EU Member States. Accenture will provide on-site user support, training and technical assistance services.

HP will provide server, storage and network infrastructure and deliver mission-critical support services. HP has worked with the European Commission on the eu-LISA Smart Border Package since 2005, deploying HP Converged Infrastructure and associated technology services to support the SIS, Visa Information System, and Biometric Matching System platforms.

Punit Sehgal, Atos vice president for global account management for European Institutions, said: "Using our comprehensive Homeland Security Suite (HSS) we will bring our capacity to ensure the sustainable adaptive and forward-engineering of SIS II to meet future requirements."

 

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