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Environment Agency readies plan to upgrade national telemetry systems

David Bicknell Published 12 December 2017

Agency looks for supplier input ahead of likely £1m contract to rebuild core infrastructure to provide improved communication options for system’s 5500 outstations


The Environment Agency is setting out on a major project to rebuild and upgrade the National Telemetry Systems to provide “more advanced and resilient” communications options for its telemetry team and the system’s 5500 outstations.

It is now looking for input from suppliers to register their interest and input ahead of any proposed procurement activity, which is likely to have a value of around £1m.

The agency depends on the telemetry systems to provide real-time rainfall, river and coastal data essential for flood warning, detection, forecasting and incident management. The Environment Agency says the core infrastructure upgrade project will necessitate the replacement of GSM SIMs, “un-steered” roaming M2M (Machine 2 Machine) SIMs, a private APN, supporting infrastructure, secure SIM management console, and ITIL3 service & management.

The contract length is expected to be up to five years, with an optional two year maximum extension option, and includes one-off costs associated with implementation. The £1m estimate also includes provision for optional services, contingency and for growth.

The contract note is likely to be issued around January 10 2018.

At the start of this year, the Environment Agency picked CGI to design, deliver and run its Future Flood Forecasting System.

The £5m, three-year contract will make use of Cloud based systems to enable the agency to produce and share flood forecasts and products more efficiently and effectively. The agency expects the overall system to be easier and more cost effective to maintain and develop in light of its future needs.

Last year, it also awarded a four-year, £4.6m contract to Fujitsu for a flood warning system that notifies the public when their property is at risk of flooding.

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