Feeds

IBM crossed off ID application shortlist

CSC and Fujitsu still duking it out

The Power of One Infographic

The Identity and Passport Service has cut down its shortlist for the biggest contract within the National Identity Scheme.

It has dropped IBM from the competition for the application and enrolment procurement, leaving CSC and Fujitsu in contention. In September, IPS said that all three firms were on the shortlist for the deal, which home secretary Jacqui Smith recently estimated would be worth £350m-450m.

However, IBM is on the shortlist for the smaller card design and production contract, along with Fujitsu and Thales, worth £250m-350m according to Smith. This deal looks the most vulnerable in the event of the identity card's cancellation, which both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have pledged to do if they win power.

IPS announced the two new shortlists on 5 December 2008. Following the submission of detailed tenders, the service said it expects to award all contracts during 2009.

Smith recently said she expected the application and enrolment and national biometric service contracts to be awarded during the second quarter of 2009.

IPS has already shortlisted IBM and Thales for the other main contract, the national biometric service, estimated by Smith to be worth £200m-250m.

Earlier this year, Thales won the £18m contract to provide the interim version of the scheme, and as part of the same procurement exercise EDS, Fujitsu and IBM were shortlisted for the UK Border Agency casework system.

The latter deal, which is expected to be substantially smaller than the big three contract, is the only one for which EDS remains in the running, and is scheduled for award by the end of this year. The other four firms chosen in May to take part in detailed discussions have all been shortlisted for at least one of the three major contracts.

This article was originally published at Kablenet.

Kablenet's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.