In order to support the ICT Strategy, the force has an ongoing technology refresh programme.
ICT has submitted three business cases to the Towards 2020 Board in respect of this.
The current technology across non-HQ sites for the Local Area Network (LAN) is due a refresh. It is at the end of its life and support.
Remote Access Services (RAS) are used by the Force to access Cleveland Force Networks from remote locations.
The Access Point Name (APN) is a gateway between a mobile network and a computer network such as the Internet.
In order to achieve economies of scale and efficiencies, all three projects were consolidated into one procurement exercise. This was possible because of the similarities of the kit required to service all of them.
Crown Commercial Services has a Network Services Framework RM1045 which enables a compliant route to market.
Thirteen Suppliers who were unable to supply under both Lots 1 and 2 were invited to submit a bid as part of a further competition exercise.
One Bid was received and evaluated based on the criteria of price only as the mini-competition was mainly for supply of kit.
The bid met requirements However, further clarifications were sought resulting in a cost reduction.