Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Orange Delivers Trans-European Network for EC

The European Commission has renewed a two year contract under which Orange Business Services manages the pan-European sTESTA (secured Trans European Services for Telematics between Administrations) network.

sTESTA is a private MPLS-based IP network that 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.