Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Ipswich: Smart421 completes migration of online rail ticketing system to the ‘cloud’

10:58 13 June 2014

Neil Miles, managing director of Smart421.

Neil Miles, managing director of Smart421.

Copryright 2007 Smart421 Ltd. All rights reserved. For more information, contact Smart421 Marketing. Phone +44 (0) 1473 421 421

Systems integration specialist Smart421 has completed a major project to transfer the rail industry’s £2billion-a-year online self-service ticket business to the “cloud”.

Ipswich-based Smart421, which secured the contract in November 2012 and began development work the following month, will now provide a round-the-clock seven-day-a-week support service for the next five years.

The Live Sales Management (LSM) platform which underpins the online sale of rail tickets and their collection from self-service ticket machines, is operated by Rail Settlement Plan (RSP), a company jointly owned by the UK’s franchised passenger train operators.

Smart421 designed and delivered the platform which is now hosted in the cloud by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and, besides meeting the rail industry’s current and future needs, will also result in substantially reduced operating costs compared with the previous system.

Brian Jones, head of programmes at RSP, said: “This procurement, which forms part of RSP’s Modernisation Programme, meets the core objective providing a better match between service capabilities and the industry’s needs whilst delivering updated business activities at a lower cost of ownership.

“This project is key to modernising RSP’s services over the next few years. Smart421 should be commended for its capabilities. Their work represents excellent value for money.”

Smart421, which is part of the FTSE250-listed KCOM Group, became the first Advanced Consulting Partner in the UK under the Amazon Partner Network in July 2012.

It specialises in high-end consultancy, integration and service management work on business-critical systems for enterprises operating in regulated markets.

Neil Miles, managing director at Smart421, said that, in responding to RSP’s requirements for a flexible, cost effective and scalable solution, it had made best use of leading open source technologies such as ForgeRock and Red Hat together with the cloud computing services provided by AWS.

“The result recognises our ability to deliver complex innovative solutions to support the demands of an enterprise focused on the 21st Century,” he added. “I am extremely pleased to have worked closely with RSP on this important IT project.”

RSP, which is part of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), provides a range of shared services to support the national ticketing system.

This includes maintaining a central fares database and apportioning the correct share of revenues among the various train operating companies.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

EDF Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz appears before the Energy and Climate Change Committee to answer questions over the delay in making a final investment decision on the Hinkley Point nuclear power project. Picture: PA Wire

MPs have been promised the sister project of a proposed third nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast will go ahead despite a fresh delay in making a final investment decision.

Steam Punk Pig - Birketts entry for Pigs Gone Wild

Staff at Ipswich-based law firm Birketts are welcoming a new member to the team ahead of the Pigs Gone Wild art trail - Steam Punk Pig.

An artist's impression of what St James’ Business and Logistics Park will look like.

More than 600 jobs could be created if a major £72m business park planned for the outskirts of Ipswich gets the go-ahead.

File photo dated 06/10/11 of a trainee bricklayer. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement and Spending Review in the House of Commons today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 25, 2015. See PA BUDGET stories. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

Bricklayers are being paid up to £25 an hour as building firms struggle to recruit skilled workers, a new report has revealed.

Bids for Tata Steels UK business are being finalised.

Bids for Tata Steel’s UK business are being finalised ahead of a crucial week for the crisis-hit industry and the job prospects of thousands of workers.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24