Testing specialist TesCom is helping the Post Office roll out its banking infrastructure across the UK by its target date of April 2003, in time for the commencement of the government's plan to pay all benefit recipients via a bank account. The system will ensure benefits are only paid when the customer has a valid bank account and PIN.
TesCom has worked with the Post Office to test the two elements of the programme - the network banking side, which will connect all 17,500 post office counters to the UK's financial institutions and the building of the Post Office Card Account, a bank account that will be available to customers at all Post Offices to obtain their state welfare payments, including pensions and child benefit if they choose not to use a high street bank account.
"The sheer scale of this project puts it into a league of its own, the Post Office has more outlets than all the high street banks put together," said Alison Hood, COO for the global finance sector at TesCom. "This project has been a partnership with many different consultancies and vendors working together to ensure that the final roll out will be as problem free as possible."
"Many potential customers of the new system will have no previous experience of bank accounts and the technology that supports them. It is vital that any systems we use are as user friendly as possible. Because so many people will be affected by these changes, it's also essential that we get it right first time - it isn't fair to the public to roll out anything that doesn't work as it should," said Neil Goodall from the Post Office. "By working with companies such as TesCom we can ensure that the technology works as it is designed to"
The project with the Post Office is one of the biggest UK-only assignments undertaken by TesCom to date, and involves specialists from different divisions within the company including security, finance, and load and performance, working together to ensure the final roll out will be a success. The technology is on course to be rolled out in January 2003 for the start of a pilot to test both the banking infrastructure and the card account, with full roll out by 1st April 2003.
TesCom has extensive experience working with financial applications and institutions, carrying out testing for large projects that include managing all aspects of the testing from project initiation to deployment. Aspects include the automated testing of front office systems; load testing of web sites; and helping organisations develop their own best-practice procedures to ensure quality. By mobilising testing experts with significant experience in finance, TesCom can dramatically reduce development project or package implementation risk for its customers.
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