Net Consulting Wins Royal Navy Contract to Assess Its IT Systems; Consultancy Will Focus on IT Efficiency on Warships
Byline: Si'n Barry
A SOUTH WALES-BASED consultancy is helping the Royal Navy assess the operational efficiency of IT communications on board its surface warships.
Analysis and recommendations from Net Consulting are expected to influence the configuration of IT systems on Britain's next generation of aircraft carriers. Net Consulting is working with leading professional services company Vega Consulting Services on a contract with Navy command to deliver a technical performance management solution for the warships' highly sophisticated systems.
The Navy will be evaluating data and improvements recommended by the partnership following a three-month trial on board the carrier HMS Ark Royal, which included a detailed review of areas such as bandwidth consumption, application response times and end user experience.
The results will be taken into account in systems specification for the Navy's new 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, and its sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, scheduled to be launched in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
Paul Thomas, director of Net Consulting, said: "Our job involves identifying how applications and IT services are being used on board the ships. The data collected allows us to simulate the impact of infrastructure changes and produce 'what if' scenarios for the new Queen Elizabeth class of carriers. …