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11/11/2002



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Balfour Beatty seeks to integrate, secure rail-power division's computer system


Since acquiring Adtranz's rail-electrification and traction-power business from DaimlerChrysler Rail Systems in November 2000, Balfour Beatty has sought ways to integrate and secure computer systems in six global locations with its Germany-based platform.


On Nov. 11, the supplier took a step in that direction by contracting Vistrom to secure Balfour Beatty's computer network across Europe, South America and Asia using Nokia IP Series software.


Vistrom will establish a worldwide data network, secure Internet access for all locations and link offices for Balfour Beatty Rail Power System division, which designs, manages, installs and commissions rail electrification systems.


Balfour Beatty officials believe the changes will help the company reduce information technology (IT) costs, boost IT security and extract Adtranz's former computer system from the division's operating platform within 12 months.


"In the past, we may have considered security as a necessary evil, but today there can be no doubt that global operations ensure that network access and authentication are now a critical element of any technology solution," said Nigel Homewood, Balfour Beatty Rail IT manager, in a prepared statement.


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