Archives for August 29th, 2000

ANOTHER IT DISASTER

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 August, 2000

The public sector has been criticised for two more IT projects which have overspent and failed to deliver. The Ministry of Defence is criticised by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for losses incurred on IT projects of 21 million pounds on a Common User Data System and 8.7 million pounds on a Pay Replacement System 2 project.The Common User Data System project, was a bespoke system conceived in the1980s that took too long to implement and was eventually overtaken by developments in IT, such that it was obsolete even before it had been made to work properly. The requirements that the system was designed to meet were eventually satisfied by commercial off-the-shelf packages at a fraction of the cost. According to PAC, both the systems criticised could have stemmed the loss to the public purse had they been suspended sooner.

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TOWARDS AN ELECTRONIC MOTORWAY

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 August, 2000

The Highways Agency is seeking a commercial partner to modernise the telecommunications network used to service and operate national roads. The agency’s national roads telecommunications network connects several thousand roadside devices including the signals, emergency telephones, variable message signs, traffic counting sites and monitoring cameras back to 32 police control offices in England.The project forms part of the Government’s 10 Year Plan to modernise transport systems, and follows a study indicating that the system is in need of investment. The proposals will help speed up the delivery of new technology on national roads to reduce congestion, improve safety and improve the reliability of journeys. They are also seen as a project of sufficient stature to help the United Kingdom’s position as a leader in information and communications technology.

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