TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, (LSE: SPO), announces that, following a competitive bidding process, it has been awarded a new contract with Tote Ireland to strengthen and expand the suite of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services utilized by the twenty-six horse racing tracks in the Republic of Ireland. Sportech has been the technology and service provider to Tote Ireland since 1999, with operations and support provided from one of Sportech's key operational centers located in Athlone, Ireland. The new contract has an initial term of five years plus five one-year options. Under the new contract, Sportech will provide an upgrade to Tote Ireland's Quantum™ System - the world's most widely deployed pari-mutuel betting system - to deliver even more features and functionality to Irish punters. Sportech will continue to provide hosting and enhanced system operations from its Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Center in the USA. Sportech will also continue to provide the daily maintenance, operations, and support of the tote equipment installed at Tote Ireland's racetracks under a logistics, service, and maintenance agreement. Tim Higgins, CEO of Tote Ireland, commented, "Tote Ireland have a long and productive business relationship with Sportech and with their Ireland-based team. We look forward to enhancing the services offered to our players and to achieving further operational efficiencies in both on-site logistics and system operations."