telent awarded major info systems contract by First Great Western

telent, the technology services company, wins a contract for the survey, design, supply, installation, systems integration and maintenance of Station Information and Surveillance Systems across 148 stations.

This contract, the largest award of its kind by a Train Operating Company (TOC), will see the installation phase of the contract completed by November 2010 and maintenance of the systems continuing till 2015. The contract covers in excess of 400 new Customer Information System (CIS) screens, 500 new speakers and 150 CCTV cameras as well as all associated structures being installed and supported across First Great Western’s estate.

telent is the leading provider of SISS maintenance and systems integration in the UK rail industry providing First Great Western with the proven support to ensure the integration of Atos Origin’s core CIS software and Atec’s core CCTV software to the associated station hardware. This skill set has been honed through existing contracts with Network Rail, South West Trains, National Express East Anglia, First Capital Connect and Merseyrail.

Matthew Golton, Projects and Planning at First Great Western, said: "On the basis of telent’s previous track record in this area, ability to cover all aspects of the work involved and proactive approach to project delivery, systems integration and maintenance we look forward to working with them, as our partner of choice, to deliver this important project.”

Commenting on the award, Steve Pears, General Manager Rail at telent, said: “telent is extremely pleased to be working with First Great Western on this project stretching from London to Cornwall. The award of this contract is due to telent’s ability to support the TOC market for integration, installation and maintenance of SISS.”

With annual revenues of over £350 million, telent has decades of experience in supplying a broad range of network and communications services in the UK and Germany. Today, the privately-held company employs over 2,500 people and has one of the largest engineering field forces in the UK. Customers include: Airwave, BT, Deutsche Bahn, EADS, Merseyside Fire & Rescue, the Metropolitan Police, National Express, Network Rail, Stagecoach, Tube Lines, and the UK Highways Agency.

For more information, see the company's website: www.telent.com