The Highways Agency, the government body responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England's road and motorway network, has signed a deal with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence to improve its business IT infrastructure.
Worth £7.5m over three years, the contract will see BAE Systems deliver Service Integration and Application Management (SIAM) systems across the entire Highways Agency.
As set out in the terms of the agreement, BAE Systems will aid in the delivery of improved end-to-end services for 3,840 end users spread throughout the country. The service is expected to go live in August.
The aim of the scheme is to improve efficiency and maintain continuity across the entire Highways Agency ICT estate while helping to cut costs.
It comes as the Agency moves away from using a single supplier for all its IT procurement needs, to a model which sees it able to take advantage of multi-sourced contracts in line with policies set out by the Cabinet Office.
"We are delighted that the Highways Agency has decided to choose BAE Systems Applied Intelligence as its SIAM supplier," said Julian Cracknell, managing director of UK services at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.
"We look forward to working closely with the Highways Agency in the months ahead, enabling the Agency to derive the maximum possible value from its investment in technology and helping it to continue to focus on its core work to improve the quality and safety of travel for millions of road users across the country."
The Highways Agency is not the first government body to select BAE Systems Applied Intelligence to provide IT services. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office selected the firm to manage its global estate in October last year in a deal worth £40m over five years.