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Successful completion for English Nature of the Protected Species Licensing web application

WOKINGHAM, UK – 4th August, 2004 MODCOMP Limited. (, a subsidiary of CSP Inc. (NASDAQ: CSPI) and a leading developer of cost-effective eCommerce solutions, today announced that English Nature’s Protected Species Licensing web application - a transactional and work flow application - went live.

English Nature champions the conservation of wildlife, geology and wild places in England. It is tasked with protecting and enhancing our natural heritage. It is also committed to service delivery improvement and to achieve this it has invested (see notes) in the development of its web site.

An important part of conservation is managing activity, which could damage the environment of, or endanger, protected species such as newts, voles and badgers. Environmental consultants, scientists, and special interest groups therefore have to apply for a licence if they intend to undertake specific activities involving these animals or plants. In the past this was a time-consuming paper based process.

English Nature’s market research indicated that up to 80% of its applicants would use an electronic application service, provided that it was quicker and more efficient.

English Nature awarded MODCOMP, working with BT, the contract to build a transactional web application to provide an on-line service. In just under six months, through an iterative process, the project was designed, implemented and delivered. An important aspect of the design was ensuring that the user interface conformed to stringent accessibility and security requirements. The deadline was very demanding, and budgets strictly controlled. MODCOMP developed the complex eForms application using ColdFusion MX from Macromedia and met both budget and timescale targets successfully.

Jonathan Budd, Information Management Team Manager for English Nature said “we are confident that the application delivered by MODCOMP will enable English Nature to deliver a better service to our customers and meet the Governments targets for e-services”.

Jonathan Budd, went on to say, "we are very pleased that MODCOMP delivered the project on time and to budget. The project was funded through the Treasury’s Capital Modernisation Fund and it was critical that the targets were met”.

Having completed the project, MODCOMP is now working with English Nature to move more applications on-line, thus further supporting English Nature’s eGovernment initiatives.


MODCOMP Limited, part of the CSP Inc organisation (NASDAQ: CSPI) which is headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, is an eBusiness systems integrator based in Wokingham, Berkshire. MODCOMP is an international leader in integration solutions and services. For over 25 years, MODCOMP has consistently helped its customers utilize emerging technologies to further mission critical business objectives. The company’s professional services divisions are committed to helping their customers take full advantage of the rapidly growing open source software initiative. MODCOMP combines its ViewMax tm and OpenXport tm integration technology with its consulting and support services to help clients leverage and extend their existing IT investments both internally and externally to business partners.

About English Nature

English Nature is the Government’s independent agency that champions the conservation of wildlife and geology throughout England.

Contact English Nature's National Press Office 01733 455190, out-of-hours 07970 098005, email or visit the website at

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Notes for editors

1. The Capital Modernisation Fund was set up in the Comprehensive Spending Review to support capital investment to improve public services. The Fund is being allocated on a competitive basis.
2. The Capital Modernisation Fund is allocated on the following criteria:
a. the extent the project applies genuinely innovative approaches to service delivery;
b. the quality and strength of the economic appraisal of the project; the impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the service;
c. how far the project contributes to the department's objectives;
d. how far the project is genuinely additional; and the robustness of arrangements for delivering, managing and accounting, monitoring and evaluating the project.

MODCOMP Limited Contact:
Carolyn Ryder
Tel: 01189 893843

English Nature Contact
National Press Office
Tel: 01733 455190

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