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NEC APAC beats biggies to win Singapore town councils’ IT contract

Zafar Anjum | April 3, 2013
Wins tender with a bid of S$17.6 million, beating offers made by NCS and HCL Singapore

NEC Asia Pacific has beaten IT service providers NCS and HCL Singapore to win a countrywide tender.

According to local media reports, the Japanese firm won the tender to develop a new computer system for 14 town councils in Singapore. These town councils are run by the ruling political party, People's Action Party (PAP).

It is the tender for a similar service that the PAP-owned Action Information Management (AIM) used to provide.

AIM had attracted controversy early this year, and had announced on 27 February that it will not participate in the latest tender exercise of town councils.

In January, allegations were made against AIM about the sale of computer systems used by town councils. The matter generated controversy in Singapore's blogosphere and on social media platforms.

NEC win

The Japanese company, NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies. The company had placed a bid of S$17.6 million (US$14.2 million). Indian IT service provider HCL Singapore and NCS, a subsidiary of the SingTel Group, placed bids of up to S$27.5 million and S$31.4 million respectively.

According to Dr Teo Ho Pin, the coordinating chairman for PAP town councils,

NEC won the tender based on the recommendation of Deloitte and Touche Enterprise Risk Services, which evaluated the bids.

It has emerged that NEC's bid was the lowest and also the fact that it invoked the use of latest technology from Microsoft and Anacle for its system went in its favour.

“It is a privilege to be the selected IT partner to provide an end-to-end IT system for Town Councils,” NEC Asia Pacific Managing Director, Kok Quee Lim told Computerworld Singapore. “NEC recognizes that this is beyond just IT implementation. It is an opportunity for us to deliver an efficient and integrated service to residents in these Town Councils, and we are confident that our experience in delivering mission-critical system to both Public and Commercial sector will ensure success in this project.”


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