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The Highways Agency has published two separate pre-tenders, for a centralised database and for data transmission and telecommunications cables.

The deal for a fully integrated and centralised database "to support the agency's strategic road network operations" is worth between £35m to £40m.

According to a notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union (Ojeu) on 19 May 2010, the chosen supplier will provide data processing, database and software related services.

"In order to achieve a solution that gives the flexibility required by the agency, tender documents will be developed that will guide procurement of a solution that is business configurable, highly scalable, available from anywhere in the world over a secure internet connection and commercially and technically sustainable for at least 15 years," the agency said.

The second pre-tender for data transmission and telecommunications cables is worth £18m and includes the supply of optical fibre cables, insulated wire cables and cable broadcasting lines. The deal will be awarded to one supplier and will run for four years.

"The supplier will be required to effectively and efficiently manage a supply chain of subcontractors, manufacturing to precise quality standards providing the above cable types to strict delivery requirements and delivering a high standard of supply chain management expertise against minimum performance standards," the agency said.

"It is anticipated that the Ojeu notice will be published in July 2010," it added.

This article was originally published at Kable.

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