Press Release:

HP Wins More Than $500 Million in Government Contracts in EMEA

HP Expands Its Public Sector Installed Based to More Than 200 Customers Across Europe
GENEVA, Nov. 28, 2002

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced major government contract wins worth more than $500 million in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

These wins, which include new customers and major incremental projects for existing public sector customers, include the State Treasury of Slovakia, ANPE in France, Belgian Federal Portal, the Swedish Government, the Ministry of the Interior in Bulgaria and the European Parliament.

"For the past 40 years, the public sector has been a key focus area for HP. Today it is an $80 billion market in EMEA with predicted growth rates of 9.2 percent for the next two years," said Kasper Rorsted, managing director, HP EMEA. "As governments are taking big steps forward towards building the ‘Information Society,' HP is helping the European Union achieve its vision to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. For citizens and businesses, this means ready and easy access to information and services enabled through the use of technology."

Working closely with key partners, HP offers the widest IT product and solution portfolio, as well as consulting, customer support and project management to enable governments to optimize their services for the information and knowledge society.

Details of the new wins include:

  • HP has been chosen to provide the information system for the State Treasury of Slovakia. This system is designed to bring more transparency and efficiency to the finance management of the Slovak Republic and is one of the critical success factors for European Union integration in the public finance management and control area. Serving more than 3,000 users around Slovakia, the system includes software solutions for expenditure management, financial planning, accounts management, accounting, payments, asset management and liquidity and debt management. HP also will design and implement a complete security solution.
  • The National Employment Agency (ANPE) in France has chosen HP for the next two years as their preferred supplier for a project to provide 24-hour online service for its 22,000 users throughout France. The solution includes UNIX® systems: HP Superdome and associated HP StorageWorks XP512 storage for consolidation of national applications of the French Employment Agency.
  • As part of a consortium, HP is providing the complete IT infrastructure and outsourcing services to allow guaranteed scalability and reliability required for the Belgian Federal Portal to become a transactional platform. The portal will enable Belgian citizens to execute administrative transactions and submit forms online and to access governmental information.
  • HP has signed a new four-year agreement to provide the Swedish Parliament with a secure IT and communications infrastructure. The solution, which is designed around HP Mobile Open roaming, contains everything from broadband communications and mobile phones to portable computers with smart card access and printers connected to centrally placed HP ProLiant servers. The new solution is designed to provide the 360 members of the Swedish Parliament mobile, secure and standardized access to parliament's IT network and databases from anywhere in Sweden.
  • HP has won a new contract agreement with the Republic of Bulgaria's Ministry of the Interior to upgrade and support the system that allows the government to issue all nationals with new secure ID cards, passports and drivers licenses. The solution included the installation of a new information infrastructure that linked 140 different sites, with centrally managed security, usage and backup solutions. It supports real-time monitoring and control of materials used in production, thus ensuring security of the process.
  • HP, as part of a consortium, has been awarded a contract to deliver email services to the European Parliament. This builds on an earlier contract, won in October 2001, to deliver 9,000 PCs.

These new contracts build on HP's extensive experience in the public sector, which spans more than 40 years developing solutions for more than 200 government organizations. This includes projects such as:

  • Hospital son Llatzer foundation, Spain's newest hospital, which has installed the latest and most advanced HP Hospital Information System. The hospital aims to set up a national standard for using information systems to improve healthcare delivery, enabling better use of material and human resources, and successfully integrating clinical and administrative processes.
  • In response to public demand to see a more visible police presence on the streets, Wiltshire Constabulary Police in the UK chose HP to design a new information management system that delivers customized information to desktops and mobile devices enabling officers to complete administrative tasks from home, a patrol vehicle or in the street. With statistics showing 47 percent of officers' time was spent in the police station, this solution is designed to put police officers back on the beat.
  • HP is working with the Ministry of Defence in the UK to improve communications across the three national armed forces and with other international organizations. The comprehensive new infrastructure solution and associated systems provides the adaptability and robustness required for a nation's defence force. HP also is working with other European defense departments such as those in France and Germany.

Further information on HP e-government solutions is available at

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