Tender for Firewall and DMZ Services
Translink (Comprising of Citybus Ltd, Northern Ireland Railways Co Ltd and Ulsterbus Ltd) and including Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC) collectively known as “the Group” invites applications from Contractors for the provision of Firewall and DMZ Services.
United Kingdom-Belfast: World wide web (www) site operation host services
Contract notice – utilities
Section I: Contracting entity
3 Milewater Road
For the attention of: Marcia Clarke
BT3 9BG Belfast
General address of the contracting entity: www.translink.co.uk
Address of the buyer profile: http://translink.co.uk/Corporate/Procurement/
Further information can be obtained from: e-Sourcingni
Internet address: www.-esourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: e-Sourcingni
Internet address: www.e-sourcingnibravosolution.co.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: e-Sourcingni
Internet address: www.e-Sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk
Urban railway, tramway, trolleybus or bus services
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Northern Ireland.
NUTS code UKN0
Translink is one of the top ten corporate organisations in Northern Ireland with approximately 4,000 employees, located at over 80 locations, and a turnover in excess of £200m. More than 70 million passenger journeys are made on the various Translink services each year.
A common executive management structure manages Translink, reporting to the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company Board. The company is organised under seven divisions consisting of Bus Operations and Engineering, Railways Operations and Engineering, Marketing, Human Resources, Projects and Information Technology, Finance and Infrastructure and Property.
In 2008 Translink migrated its DMZ, firewalls and internet gateway to a fully managed service located in the BT Data Centre in May Street, Belfast, to provide resilience, and to improve network availability.
Servers and switches are hosted in the Data Centre as a mixture of managed and co-location services.
Translink uses a shared service for external facing firewall requirements. Internal firewalls are provided by means of Cisco ASA switching devices. Bandwidth for shared internet traffic is 10Mbps, burstable to 30Mbps. This caters for HTTP, HTTPS and SMTP traffic. A minimum of 7Mbps is reserved for the Translink website in times of high demand.
Network resilience is provided by the deployment of two EES services; a 100Mbps managed circuit from the Data Centre to Milewater Road and a 10Mbps unmanaged circuit from the Data Centre to Central Station. These circuits both link in to the main Translink fibre-based Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) at these locations.
To help maintain the Translink PCI-DSS accreditation real-time analysis of the logs created by the servers, switches and other devices located in the DMZ, is carried out, with issues reported by exception.
We have a requirement to review and update this service, to ensure that
— value for money is achieved;
— the Translink network security, integrity, resilience and availability are maintained for the current business levels;
— the solution is capable of expansion to cater for future business requirements.
Description of these options: The duration of the contract is anticipated to be 2 years initially with 4 options to extend – each option being a period of 1 years.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Description of particular conditions: These will be listed in PQQ and ITT documentation on www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk
Section IV: Procedure
Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures): no
Bravo Project Reference 11862.
Section VI: Complementary information
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: 2 years
Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TranslinkB2B for opportunites worth GBP 30 000 or more.
Check out our website at www.translink.co.uk/Corporate/Procurement/
Participate in tenders at www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk
1. Browse to the eSourcing portal: www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk
2. Click the “Click here to register” link;
3. Accept the terms and conditions and click “continue”;
4. Enter your correct business and user details;
5. Note the username you chose and click “Save” when complete;
6. You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure);
7. Login to the portal with the username/password;
8. Click the “PQQs Open to All Suppliers” link (these are PQQs open to any registered supplier);
9. Click on the relevant PQQ to access the content;
10. Click the “Express Interest” button in the “Actions” box on the left-hand side of the page. This will move the PQQ over to the “My PQQs” page (this is a secure area reserved for your projects only);
11. Click on the PQQ code, you can now access any attachments by clicking the “Settings and Buyer Attachments” in the “Actions” box on the left-hand side of the page;
12. You can now Reply or Reject (please give a reason if rejecting);
13. Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ.
If you require any further assistance the BravoSolution help desk is available Mon – Fri (8:00am – 6:00pm) on:
— Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
— Phone: uk 08003684850 Phone (outside UK): +442033496601
Note: Do not leave completing your PQQ/ITT response until the last minute, late responses shall be rejected. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award any contract as a result of this competition.
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 one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers with approximately 4 000 employees and a turnover in excess of GBP 168 m. Over 81 million passenger journeys are made on Translink services each year.
Please see section VI.4.2)
The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
Please see section VI.4.2)
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:25.7.2013