Supply ICT Network Equipment to Translink
The ICT Programme has identified the replacement/upgrade of data communication devices and cabling.
United Kingdom-Belfast: Networks
Contract notice – utilities
Section I: Contracting entity
3 Milewater Road
For the attention of: Clarke Marcia
BT3 9BG Belfast
Telephone: +49 2890354706
Urban railway, tramway, trolleybus or bus services
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Northern Ireland.
NUTS code UKN0
The objective of the project is to ensure the integrity of the IT Network.
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There is also an identified obsolescence risk with the voice telephone systems in place at Translink locations (the exceptions being the Contact Centre and 22 Great Victoria Street).
The existing IT data network outside the main locations (Central Station, York Road, Milewater Road, Great Victoria Street and Adelaide) is based on ADSL (Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line) technology. This network was built on the data communications requirements of the early 2 000 s and was refreshed when the incumbent (BT) migrated its base platform to 21 CN. The network was originally designed to provide connectivity for ticketing, finance and engineering applications. These were relatively non-complex systems.
The data connectivity devices (such as switches and routers) on the distributed network are life expired and therefore difficult to support and maintain.
Management of the distributed network infrastructure is by means of rudimentary tools and tends to be reactive rather than proactive.
There are many new systems being introduced or planned for implementation within Translink, which require enhanced data communications and associated bandwidth.
In addition, this project will implement an IP Telephony solution (including Voice Over Internet Protocol, VOIP). This will utilise the converged network capability and capacity.
The Company is investigating and investing in many mobile working solutions. There is currently limited corporate Wi-Fi provision which means these solutions are attracting high data usage charges from mobile telecommunications companies (telcos).
The current network infrastructure will not be capable of supporting these requirements and will require a full refresh.
The proposal is to procure and implement an integrated telecommunications system that will
— Replace obsolete equipment,
— Provide a highly available, resilient data and voice telecommunications network,
— Improve network management facilities,
— Improve bandwidth availability,
— Remove Single Points of Failure,
— Provide a scalable network, capable of meeting the needs of planned systems implementation,
— Provide a corporate IP telephony solution,
— Provide Wi-Fi access to staff, contractors and business partners.
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Description of these options: 2 options to extend — each being an option of 2 years and a further 1 option to extend 1 year.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures): no
Section VI: Complementary information
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: The Translink Group may make a call for competition at the end of the fixed contract period or after option(s) have been taken up, the Translink Group reserve the right to make a call for competition at any point deemed appropriate by the Translink Group and may make no call for competition should the requirement no longer be classified by the Translink Group as recurring.
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Throughout the documentation, both ‘Translink’ and ‘Group’ refer to the same corporate entities. Both shall be taken to comprise the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHCO), in addition to its main operating subsidiaries Citybus Ltd, Northern Ireland Railways Company Ltd and Ulsterbus Ltd.
Translink provide integrated public transport across Northern Ireland. The organisation is 1 of Northern Ireland’s largest employers with approximately 4 000 employees and a turnover in excess of 168 000 000 GBP. Over 81 000 000 passenger journeys are made on Translink services each year.
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