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Driving Standards Agency in UK moves to new PSN-compliant network

Antony Savvas | Oct. 9, 2013
The tender process was carried out through the PSN framework

The Driving Standards Agency is to use a Public Services Network (PSN)- compliant wide area network between its data centre and its 315 driving test centres (DTCs) across the UK.

The three year network services agreement with provider MDNX will allow the DSA to move or add sites throughout the contract when required and replace a legacy network which has been deemed "end of life".

It will also mean that the DSA, headquartered in Nottingham, can easily link up with other government PSN-compliant networks.

The tender process was carried out through the PSN framework, enabling the DSA to identify a suitable supplier without a lengthy tendering process.

Brian Hogg, DSA head of ICT contract management, said: "This contract provides a detailed, proactive service programme covering implementation and transition to the new network, and mobilisation of services.

"The more up to date network will provide the DSA with faster network connections to its driving test centres, thereby improving the usability and availability of online services to our staff."

Hogg said the network would also come with enhanced network monitoring tools.

Last year the DSA awarded a £1.1 million contract to supply new computer generated images for its driving hazards test, which learner drivers have to sit to get their licence. The contract was given to London-based Three Blind Mice and its in-house production firm Jelly.

 

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