IT solutions provider CDW has been awarded a £6m contract to provide end-to-end technology services at the ground-breaking UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), which is currently under construction in the West Midlands.
CDW was selected as the project’s IT services and solutions partner following a competitive tender process overseen by Coventry City Council. The council is collaborating in a consortium with the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), based at the University of Warwick, and Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to develop the most advanced facility of its kind ever created in the UK.
The project has been awarded £129m of public funding as part of the Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge. UKBIC aims to help industrial partners design, test and commercialise next-generation battery technologies when it officially opens in spring 2020. It will initially focus on partnerships in the automotive sector but expects to expand into other industry sectors as it grows.
As part of a five-year agreement, CDW is working with UKBIC to deliver a complete portfolio of integrated technology solutions that will enable an expected workforce of up to 200 IT users to carry out vital work at the 20,000sqm centre.
The IT programme comprises of five main work streams from CDW:
Data Centre: Design, build, pre-configuration and shipping of a hybrid data centre model including cloud back-up and disaster recovery services. This includes CDW’s CloudCare® service, which supports public cloud optimisation.
Networking: State-of-the-art networking infrastructure for LAN and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the facility.
Managed Services: A five-year agreement to provide core infrastructure support, equipment maintenance, agile platform management for apps and operating systems, device enrolment and management, full-time monitoring, break-fix services and on-demand engineering capability.
Security: End-to-End security provision to protect valuable data across the entire IT estate, including identity and access management, firewalls and endpoint protection.
Workspace: A full suite of productivity and collaboration tools including laptops, mobile phones, unified communications, email, audio-visual facilities for meeting rooms and mission-critical applications.
CDW’s delivery of the project is being handled by a team that includes solutions architects, consultants, project managers, directors and a dedicated public sector account management team, as well as support staff across distribution, configuration and helpdesk departments.
Penny Williams, Public Sector Sales Director at CDW, said: “We are immensely proud to be supporting this exciting project, which has the potential to propel the UK to the forefront of international battery technology innovation.
“The team at UKBIC approached us with a multi-faceted brief that has involved almost every aspect of our integrated technology solutions.
“The provision of highly available and responsive infrastructure was key, but we also had to incorporate best-in-class security to protect the highly sensitive data that UKBIC will be handling.
“Another important part of the brief was to ensure researchers and administrative staff are equipped with devices, applications and software services that maximise productivity, collaboration and data analysis.
“Orchestration of technology that empowers organisations to perform at the highest level is the focus of our business.
“Our experience in the public sector is one of our core strengths and it’s fantastic to see this partnership of local bodies coming together to create a world-class platform for regional growth.”
Steve Hill, IT Lead at UKBIC, said: “With a relatively small IT team within UKBIC, we recognised the need for an IT partner that could offer core skills in areas such as IT infrastructure, where we have limited expertise.
“We wanted a partner organisation with proven capabilities, that could work with us over the long-term to drive not only the design and implementation phases but provide ongoing support services.
“In CDW, we identified a partner that could accommodate the full range of our requirements, providing a single point of contact and coordinating across the full range of technology suppliers involved.
“CDW’s experience in providing this breadth of services was clearly apparent and the working relationship, from the beginning, was positive and collaborative. What they have given us is an all-encompassing, end-to-end solution.
CDW is a leading technology services and solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organisations in the UK and around the world. CDW has an international footprint serving 160 countries around the world from a central account team. Its highly accredited coworkers provide services ranging from project planning to technical support. Its facilities include head offices in London and Manchester, a 120,000sqft National Distribution Centre, a dedicated Configuration Centre and a Service Operations Centre offering 24x7x365 helpdesk support. CDW’s unrivalled partnerships provide access to an array of best-of-breed technology vendors, developers and solution partners. Visit https://uk.cdw.com for more information.
The UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) is a £129m facility funded from the Faraday Battery Challenge led by UK Research and Innovation and the West Midlands Combined Authority. The Faraday Battery Challenge is funded from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, part of the government’s Industrial Strategy, the long-term plan to raise productivity and earning power in the UK. Through focused capabilities UKBIC will enable industry, via open access, to scale up and commercialise advanced technologies central to the development and manufacture of batteries, initially for the automotive sector but with wider application. UKBIC is committed to enabling the development of the next generation of battery systems across electrode, cell, module and pack levels to allow companies to move to full scale, high volume battery manufacturing (i.e. ‘Gigafactories’) and high-volume electric vehicle production as subsequent investments. Through industrial collaboration UKBIC will accelerate opportunities for the most promising early and mid-stage research and development activities to feed through into scale up and commercial exploitation. Visit https://www.ukbic.co.uk for more information.
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