The initial contract, for five years with the option to extend for a further three years, is worth £2.75m over the first three years. The services will be delivered in partnership with Netmedia Education, based in Oldbury.
SWGfL provides broadband internet and web-delivered education services to 2,400 schools and over 1,000,000 educators and pupils for 15 local authorities in the south west of England.
The solution will provide an integrated authentication platform, which allows secure access to web-delivered services using a single set of security credentials. It includes a Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) compliant data interchange service, which allows separate applications to exchange school data. The solution will also deliver educational collaboration tools and an online ‘learning space’, plus a virtual desktop which provides schools with an easy to navigate front end to the services provided by SWGfL.
The solution will be built using open standards, such as SIF and Shibboleth, which make it straightforward for third-party service providers to offer their web-delivered products to SWGfL.