Metropolitan Police announces CUBIT as preferred bidder for ICT service contract

| Press release

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) announced today the CUBIT collaboration, led by Capgemini UK plc, has been selected as the Preferred Bidder for the new single supplier contract to provide information, communication and technology services to the organisation.

The CUBIT collaboration is comprised of Capgemini, Unisys and BT.

The decision comes after an intensive six-month process, where the bids from the two remaining bidder collaborations were scrutinised in detail to find the most suitable supplier for the seven-year contract, worth around £350 million.

Two bidder collaborations made it through to this phase of the process.  metAgility, led by EDS, has been retained as the Reserve Bidder in this process.

The MPS and the CUBIT collaboration will now enter a period of intensive negotiations to finalise remaining contract details.  This process is planned for completion in late November, when the contract will be presented to the Metropolitan Police Authority for final approval.  Once approved, the contract will be signed and transition arrangements will commence immediately. Delivery of services by the new supplier is planned to commence in summer 2006.

Incumbent suppliers of these services have been informed of the decision and their contracts ensure continuity of service as the MPS completes its tender process.

MPS Director of Information, Ailsa Beaton, said today’s announcement is a significant step forward in the process.

“I am very happy to announce today we have selected the CUBIT collaboration as our Preferred Bidder to move forward into contract negotiations.

“Throughout this process all bidders offered us strong proposals on how they can deliver a service that responds to the very specific needs of the MPS and support us through our continuing modernisation programme that aims to deliver 21st Century policing to people in London.

“I would like to extend my thanks to metAgility.  The last six months have seen thorough and detailed discussions and the decision has been difficult to say the least,” Miss Beaton said.

Miss Beaton said the contract is a major component in the Directorate of Information’s drive to improve the delivery of information, communications and technology (ICT) services to the organisation.

“Through this contract we aim to increase the quality of ICT service for all MPS staff; set customer-focused service levels, and provide greater visibility of the quality of service.

“Also we want to achieve strategic benefits through the streamlining of contract management; the provision of improved management reporting of service and cost data, and enabling the benchmarking of service costs against market rates to ensure they remain competitive over the life of the contract.”


Adam Morris
Directorate of Information Marketing and Communications Office
t: 020-7091 5644
m: 07834-847 093


The contract for the MPS’s ICT core service supplier is part of a wider programme to re-compete contracts in a number of areas.  These contracts, originally outsourced in 1998 and 1999, include pay and pensions, transport and facilities management.

About the Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police Service has a worldwide reputation and has a unique place in the history of policing. It is the largest of the police services operating in the United Kingdom.  Sir Robert Peel founded the Metropolitan Police Force in 1829.  The original establishment of 1,000 officers policed a seven-mile radius from Charing Cross and a population of less than 2 million.

Today, the Metropolitan Police Service employs 30,235 officers, 11,966 police staff, 493 traffic wardens and 1392 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), and, since the realignment of police boundaries in April 2000, it covers an area of 620 square miles and a population of 7.2million.

About the Capgemini Group

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology, and Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, which it calls the Collaborative Business Experience.  Through commitment of mutual success and the achievement of tangible value, Capgemini helps businesses implement growth strategies, leverage technology and thrive through the power of collaboration.  Capgemini employs approximately 60,000 worldwide and reported 2004 global revenues of 6.3 billion euros.  More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available at

About Unisys

Unisys is a worldwide information technology services and solutions company.  Our people combine expertise in consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure and server technology with precision thinking and relentless execution to help clients, in more than 100 countries, quickly and efficiently achieve competitive advantage.  For more information, visit

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.  Its principal activities include networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services.

BT consists principally of three lines of business:

BT Retail, providing a comprehensive range of communications and related services to more than 20m UK consumers and businesses.

BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK to more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers including the provision of broadband and private circuits.

BT Global Services, providing networked IT services to meet the needs of multi-site organisations globally.  BT Global Services operates in more than 130 countries and also offers international carrier services.

In the year ended 31 March 2005, BT Group’s turnover was £18,623 million with profit before goodwill amortisation, exceptional items and taxation of £2,085 million.

BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.  For more information, visit