ANS Group Plc

March 25, 2008 05:38 ET

New Contract Wins

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - The Board of ANS Group, a leading UK Technology Solutions provider, is pleased to announce that the Group has secured two new significant orders , in the month of March, totaling approximately GBP240,000. The contracts are with Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Stoke PCT & North Staffordshire PCT.

Blackburn with Darwen PCT

Blackburn with Darwen PCT provides care to local communities across a number of sites in East Lancashire. Their vision is to enable the people of Blackburn with Darwen to 'Live Longer, Live Better' by ensuring that local health services are of high quality and are responsive to the needs of individuals and the community.

In order to achieve greater efficiencies, Blackburn with Darwen PCT has sought a platform to initially support the file/print data, and to easily provide storage for future primary applications. ANS Group are providing a solution which has the ability to replicate data for disaster recovery, and allows for a 24 hour backup window without any negative impact on service.

Sam Cardus, PCT Network Infrastructure Manager, commented: 'ANS Group have a solid reputation and a sound track record of working with the NHS and PCT's to provide bespoke solutions. We are pleased to award them the Blackburn with Darwen PCT contract and look forward to the increased efficiencies that will result.'

Stoke and North Staffordshire PCT's

Stoke and North Staffordshire PCT's are a provider of services to people with mental health and complex learning disability needs. The Trust operates from more than 30 different facilities across North Staffordshire.

ANS Group has been contracted by the Trusts to provide the Cisco Unified Application Environment (CUAE) solution. CUAE is a development and runtime platform based on the Microsoft .Net framework, designed for creating, deploying and executing converged voice, video and data applications. CUAE also integrates with Cisco Unified Communications Manager. The Trusts will be able to use these new converged applications to improve communications, transform business processes and create a Lone Worker application to improve staff security and safety.

The Trust's Associate Director of IT, Adam Cooper, commented: ' A concern within the NHS has been the security and protection of their remote workers. The application that ANS Group will be installing for us will enable monitoring of staff on site. ANS Group have performed well in other NHS contracts and we are confident that this solution will help the Trust to operate effectively.'

Scott Fletcher, Chairman of ANS Group, commented: 'We're delighted to win these two orders within the NHS which is a key market for the group. It is testament to our good reputation and expertise in this arena and the high quality service we provide for our customers that we have been selected to provide these leading edge solutions'

The directors of the issuer accept responsibility for this announcement.

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About ANS Group

ANS Group is a technology infrastructure specialist in the provision of hardware, software and 24/7 managed services to UK Enterprise businesses. Operating within both public and private sectors, its leading and award-winning solutions are offered in three key areas;

- Security & Identity Management

- Unified Communications & Wireless

- Storage, Storage Management & Virtualisation

Based in Manchester, ANS Group delivers consistently high levels of customer service through all project deployments and ongoing support to its 400 plus client base. Working closely with key partners Cisco, Hitachi Data Systems, Microsoft, Novell, and Smart Identity allows ANS Group to offer an unrivalled level of expertise and experience in the multifaceted industry of IT.

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