Logica signs major contracts with MoD, SSE and Galileo

By Derek du Preez
08 Aug 2011 View Comments
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Technology services company Logica announced four major contract wins in the UK as it released its half-year results last  Friday.

One of the deals is to provide the Ministry of Defence (MoD) with a suite of electronic warfare operational support tools and to upgrade the MoD's UK Defence Electronic Warfare Database, in a project dubbed Shepherd. Logica will work alongside defence systems company MASS and research and development firm SRC in a consortium called Team Excalibur.

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"The Shepherd programme will deliver a world-leading capability to the Defence Electronic Warfare Centre, thus ensuring our front line forces will have the latest and most up-to-date electronic warfare protection," said Ashley Lane, managing director of MASS.

Also, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has signed up Logica to provide communication, data and pre-payment services for residential smart-meter system trials across the UK.

SSE and Logica aim to deliver smart-meter systems to SSE customers ahead of the mandated mass market rollout, expected to start in 2014 when the Data Communications Company (DCC) is fully established.

The DCC is being set up as a central system to provide data and communication services for smart meters nationwide. It is anticipated that 53 million smart meters in 30 million homes and businesses will be rolled out across the UK by 2020.

SSE plans to procure, install and maintain the smart metering systems for its customers, and Logica will be charged with delivering the communications, data and pre-payment support on behalf of SSE.

"Through this partnership with Logica SSE will seek to build momentum as part of its preparations for the mandated roll out of smart meters," said Tony House, smart programme director at SSE.

Finally, Logica has secured two new contracts, totaling over £47m, with the European Galileo satellite navigation Full Operational Capability programme (FOC).

The first contract, worth about £36m, will see Logica take on responsibility for the security of FOC's ground mission segment, which manages Galileo's mission functions.

Logica will also provide a Galileo security facility and encryption key management facility, which will act as the security control centre for the complete Galileo system. It will also be installed at the two Galileo security mentoring centres in the UK and France.

The second part of the contract, worth over £11m, will see Logica provide a satellite constellation control facility, which will control and operate the Galileo 30 satellite fleet.

Logica also announced positive mid year results on Friday, with revenues up five per cent to £1.9bn.

"The UK business and technology service market continues to be extremely competitive.

"However, we are making good headway with a return to growth in the second quarter of this year, boosted by our strong performance in the commercial sector, which was up 12 per cent," said Craig Boundy, CEO of Logica in the UK.


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