“European Agency for Large-Scale IT Systems Selects Consortium of Atos, Accenture and HP to Maintain Schengen Information System”
BRUSSELS, Belgium; June 27, 2014
The European Agency for Large-Scale IT Systems (eu-LISA) has awarded a consortium of Atos, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and HP a framework contract to maintain and enhance the second-generation Schengen Information System (SIS II). The contract is for three years with a possible one-year extension.
As consortium leader, Atos will manage SIS II from defining requirements through to validating the adapted software. Atos developed and supported the running of the previous systems – SIS 1, which was in use until 2013.
Accenture will help enhance and evolve the software architecture of SIS II to increase system performance and functionality as well as to facilitate additional future capabilities, as will be required by eu-LISA on behalf of the EU Member States. Accenture will also provide on-site user support, training and technical assistance services.
HP will provide server, storage and network infrastructure and deliver mission-critical support services. HP has worked with the European Commission on the eu-LISA Smart Border Package since 2005, deploying HP Converged Infrastructure and associated technology services to support the SIS II and Visa Information System platforms as well as the Biometric Matching System.
SIS II is the largest information system for public security in Europe, allowing for information exchanges between national border controls, customs and police authorities, while ensuring the free movement of people into and within the EU happens in a safe environment.
Punit Sehgal, Atos Vice President for Global Account Management, European Institutions, said, “Atos is delighted to lead the consortium responsible for assisting eu-LISA in the stable and cost efficient operational management of SIS II, this essential system in implementing EU migration and border management policies. With our proven experience in maintaining similar large-scale IT platforms and our comprehensive Homeland Security Suite (HSS), we will bring our capacity to ensure the sustainable adaptive and forward-engineering of SIS II to meet future requirements.”
Accenture has in-depth experience working with border agencies around the world in helping them meet the challenges of managing the growing numbers of travelers and increased visa application complexity.” said Mark Crego who leads Accenture's global Border and Identity Services business. “We are pleased to have been chosen for this project, our experience of working as part of a consortium on the EU-VIS system will enable valuable synergies and support delivery excellence for our client eu-LISA.”
“Border security and citizen protection are becoming increasingly important.” said Peter Ryan, senior vice-president and managing director EMEA, HP. “HP is proud to contribute to the performance, availability and evolution of the mission-critical systems supporting them.”
Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is an international information technology services company with 2013 annual revenue of € 8.6 billion and 76,300 employees in 52 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers IT services in 3 domains, Consulting & Technology Services, Systems Integration and Managed Services & BPO, and transactional services through Worldline. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation; Public & Health; Financial Services; Telcos, Media & Utilities.
Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is quoted on the NYSE Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 293,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world's most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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