​CSC signs three-year managed services contract with Transport for NSW

Computer Sciences Corp has landed a managed services contract with Transport for NSW that will see it responsible for the department's 1,200 sites.

Computer Sciences Corp (CSC) has secured a three-year network managed services contract with Transport for NSW, valued at more than AU$100 million.

Under the agreement, which includes the option of two one-year extensions, CSC will manage seven separate legacy networks and various technologies that will be deployed in a forthcoming network refresh, as well as maintain all critical network equipment such as routers, wireless networks, and firewalls. CSC will be responsible for providing services across the department's 1,200 sites, including administration offices, motor registries, roadside depots, and railway stations.

In addition to this, CSC will manage all third-parties that provide services to Transport for NSW.

CSC ANZ managing director Seelan Nayagam said the company looks forward to working with Transport for NSW, which has been a client of UXC since 1992.

CSC acquired UXC for AU$427.6 million in March, following approval by the Victorian Supreme Court.

"Transport for NSW had embarked on a rigorous procurement process before extending its relationship with CSC," he said.

"Our deep knowledge of the transport industry and ability to meet Transport's core requirements around enhanced services and delivery quality were key factors in the final selection of CSC to support these vitally important operations."

On Monday, Transport for NSW announced it will begin trials next year to allow commuters to pay for public transport by tapping on and off with their credit and debit cards, as an alternative to using their Opal card.

A Transport of NSW spokesperson told ZDNet that giving commuters the choice to pay for travel using their Opal card, or a credit or debit card would offer them another easy-to-use and convenient option for travelling.

"Contactless payments are a major advance in ticketing technology. Customers get another option for paying fares whether they are regular commuters or visitors to Sydney," the spokesperson said.

With further details about the project to be announced as plans progress, the spokesperson said during the first stage of the project that the government will be working on finalising partnerships, including working with the finance and contactless payments sector, and developing software in time for the customer trial in 2017.