Fujitsu Secures 4.2m Contract Extension with Environment Agency

Fujitsu Services announces it has secured a further two year contract with the Environment Agency to continue to develop a managed service that protects the public from the risk of flooding. During this period, Fujitsu will assist the Environment Agency to evolve the system to meet the recommendations of the Pitt Review into the floods of 2007.

The first change to the system in 2008 will be an enhancement to the existing manual registration process for residents to an online registration service putting the citizen experience at the forefront of the service.

The Floodline Warnings Direct (FWD) system was designed and developed by Fujitsu in association with the Environment Agency and was opened up to the public at the beginning of 2006. It is a map based application, hosted in Fujitsu datacentres that allows the operational department of the Environment Agency to determine target areas for pre-defined warning messages. Fujitsu provides a fully managed service for the FWD application and the supporting infrastructure.

FWD currently has approximately 330,000 registered users and has issued over 2.5 million calls since its launch. 99% of customers receive a call from FWD within 30 minutes of issue, with 95% within 13 minutes.

On receiving information of a potential severe weather situation, the Environment Agency utilises advanced forecasting and modelling technology to provide accurate predictions of potential flooding situations. Warnings are then issued through the FWD system which alert emergency services simultaneously with local residents via their registered preferred communications method telephone, fax, SMS, email or pager. Categories of warning can include 'Flood Watch', 'Flood Warning' and 'Severe Flood Warning'.

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