sTESTA network ensures critical information flow among national and European Administrations
Following the necessary legal procedures, the European Commission has decided to extend for an additional two years its contract with Orange Business Services under which it manages the pan-European sTESTA (secured Trans European Services for Telematics between Administrations) network. With this renewal, Orange Business Services will continue to deliver a highly secure data network, ensuring the reliable exchange of critical information among a range of national and European Administrations within the European Union.
As a result of a call for tenders in 2006, Orange Business Services was awarded the contract to create the sTESTA network, a private MPLS-based IP network which now connects more than 250 sites in all EU member states, the European Free Trade Association states as well as candidate and potential candidate countries. In addition to the network, Orange manages a central platform that includes a Web portal; secure, authenticated e-mail and File Transfer Protocol; and dedicated network monitoring, all backed by stringent service level agreements.
Some key agencies or applications using the sTESTA network include:
- Eurodac – European Dactyloscopy, the European fingerprint database for identifying asylum seekers and irregular border-crossers;
- Europol – European Union law enforcement agency that handles criminal intelligence;
- National Financial Intelligence Units – agency responsible for receiving, requesting, analyzing and disseminating to the competent authorities information concerning potential money laundering or terrorist financing;
- SCEPYLT – System Control and Protection of Explosives for the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism, a single, coordinated information system to improve security in the European marketing of explosives; and
- VIS – Visa Information System, going live at the end of 2010, aims to prevent visa fraud and visa shopping by applicants between EU member states.
“With the sTESTA network, organizations can boost their efficiency via a reliable network with a very high level of security to guarantee the integrity of all data,” explain Commission staff in charge of the STESTA service. “For example, Eurodac is able to track an asylum applicant in the EU in a matter of minutes, a process which took hours or even days before.”
“We are very happy that the European Commission has reaffirmed its trust in Orange Business Services with the renewal of our contract for the prestigious sTESTA network,” said Dr. Helmut Reisinger, senior vice president Europe, Orange Business Services. “In fact, sTESTA was recently awarded a TECNIMAP award for being an eGovernment project that shows the best initiative in the application of IT to the improvement of public services provision in the EU.”
A video is available on the European Commission - Audiovisual Services Web site to provide more information on the sTESTA network: Click here to view the video.
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