Systems integrator Ipac, Integrated Processing and Communications Ltd, of Swindon, Wiltshire claims it will be announcing a monster US networking contract this month. It will coincidently release a home-grown local area network, a network management program called Superview, and a range of workstations. The company has just won a ?1.5m contract with London Regional Transport to install an X25 network to link the Underground rail and bus operator’s SNA network to a range of computer equipment used by its London buses operation, as part of UK deregulation of bus services. The equipment comes from Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell and McDonnell Douglas. Ipac is 51%-owned by International City Holdings and calls itself a systems integrator. As part of the London Transport contract, it is supplying X25 switches from Philips’ TRT subsidiary in France, gateways from Protocol Computers Inc, now owned by Telematics International, and its own network management software. We are, however, building up our own manufacturing facility, says founder of the company and managing director Bob Mayo, We would aim to have 50% of turnover coming from our own products in 1988.
Ipac has a partnership running with France Cables et Radio, FCR, which announced last month that it was setting up a company in the UK. The two companies are bidding in alliance for two UK network installation contracts and a large European contract. Ipac is the company behind stockbrokers’ services specialist NMW Computers Plc’s nationwide network and it also built an X25 network for Glaxo. London Regional Transport’s own Data Networks division was recently bought by CAP Group Plc.