Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news 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

Sir Philip Green.

Former BHS boss Sir Philip Green has been branded the “unacceptable face of capitalism” as a parliamentary inquiry found he systematically extracted huge sums from the collapsed store group while leaving its pension fund in deficit.

Mark Pendlington, chair of the New Anglia LEP.

Businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk will this week be urged to put their weight behind plans for a devolution deal with the Government, giving the region greater powers to boost growth and employment.

BHS is closing down in Ipswich

BHS staff in Ipswich have still not been told when the store will close, the Star understands.

Barclays chief executive Jes Staley.

Banking giants will dominate reporting this week, with the City looking out for any Brexit concerns when Barclays and Lloyds deliver their half-year results.

An artist's impression of the new look planned for the former BBC Television Centre bulding in the White City area of west London.

Mildenhall-based English Architectural Glazing (EAG) has won a major contract to carry out work as part of the multi-million-pound regeneration of the former BBC Television Centre in London.

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24