BLUE BELL, Pa., Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisys Corporation's (NYSE: UIS) Belgian subsidiary and Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services, today announced a Unisys-led consortium has won a framework contract to modernize the mission-critical communications network used by European Union member states to share customs and tax information and protect against tax and customs fraud.
The three-year contract (renewable twice, each time for a period of 1 year), awarded by the European Commission's Directorate General for Taxation and Customs (DG Taxud), has an estimated value of €63 million.
Under the contract, the consortium will replace DG Taxud's existing legacy communications infrastructure with a cost-effective, flexible platform based on industry standards and a services oriented architecture. The new network, to be called Common Communication Network 2 (CCN2), will provide mission-critical interoperability and communications links between the 28 EU member states' customs and tax operations and the multiple systems in operation across the region.
DG Taxud's Common Communication Network (CCN) is the gateway for all tax and customs applications in the EU, supporting areas of taxation between member states, including VAT, excise duties, transit and import. In 2011 the CCN handled more than 1.2 billion data exchanges for EU countries.Bart Steukers, General Manager, Continental Europe, Unisys, said: "We are thrilled to have been chosen by the European Commission for this exciting and highly mission-critical project. We and our consortium partners look forward to helping the EC modernize its infrastructure, speed the flow of communications, and reduce costs." Francois Enaud, Group Steria CEO, added: "This new contract demonstrates our long-lasting commitment to the European Commission. This project will transform the EC's ways of working and strengthen the collaboration and transparency between member states by implementing critical data exchange systems." Forward-looking StatementAny statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements rely on assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. In particular, DG Taxud will place orders for specific work to be performed as part of the project. The estimated value of the contract is based on assumptions concerning the value of those orders. DG Taxud can determine in its discretion which orders to place and can terminate the contract for its convenience at any time. As a member of the consortium, Unisys will receive only a portion of the contract value, based on the services it performs. As a result of these factors, neither the estimated value of the contract nor Unisys share of that value is guaranteed. Additional discussion of factors that could affect Unisys future results is contained in periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. About Unisys Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With approximately 22,500 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com. Follow Unisys on Twitter. RELEASE NO.: 1205/9212