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G4S named as smart card supplier to further education consortium

The security company sacked two of its directors yesterday over Olympics fiasco

Security company G4S has been selected as a possible supplier of access control systems and smart card technology to hundreds of further education establishments in the UK, despite its recent failure to deliver on a £284 million contract for the London Olympics.

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) operates procurement for over 1,400 further education institutions and has selected G4S, as well as eight other suppliers, to be awarded the three year framework agreement.

An online notice says: "The successful suppliers in respect of the access control system (ACS) will be expected to offer an ACS to include perimeter controls and building controls including the provision of all hardware and software, plus project management and installation support."

"The successful suppliers in respect of smart card technology will be expected to offer ID cards enabled for multiple functionality i.e. identification, authentication, data storage and application processing capabilities."

Other suppliers on the framework include 2020, ADT, ICTS, Mitie, Reliance, SCCI, Gough and Kelly, and Payne Security.

It was confirmed yesterday that G4S has sacked two of its directors over the Olympics fiasco - David Taylor-Smith, chief operating officer, and Ian Horseman Sewell, managing director of its global events division.

Chief executive, Nick Buckles, remains in his post.

In July, Buckles confirmed to MPs that problems with the company's scheduling system were partly to blame for the shortfall of over 3,000 security staff for the Games.

G4S won the security contract with LOCOG, the organisers of the Olympic Games, after it submitted a tender at least 25 percent lower than any of its competitors. However, it later revealed that it was not going to be able to fulfil its contractual commitments and the Home Office was forced to deploy thousands of soldiers to cover the shortfall.

G4S has said that the firm faces a penalty of up to £20 million for failing to deliver on its £284 million contract, as well as having to pay the Ministry of Defence (MoD) £30 million for providing the troops, bringing the total cost to £50 million. However, Buckles has stated that he still expects to claim a management fee of £57 million.

It was also recently revealed that three police authorities in the UK are still considering outsourcing their organisational support services to G4S. Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire have said that they plan to continue developing a business case that will consider the company, which would cover IT outsourcing.

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