Hybrid cloud hosting delivers intelligent transport solutions for Highways England
NaviSite Europe Limited, a Time Warner Cable company, announced that it has been selected by engineering solutions provider Costain to provide hybrid cloud hosting services to support the roll out of its complex Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads (ESDAL) application for Highways England.
Highways England turned to Costain to deliver an innovative solution that would comply with complex UK legislation requiring highways authorities, structure owners and the police to be notified of vehicles and their loads exceeding standard dimensions. Costain developed the ESDAL application to automate this process and looked to NaviSite to provide a secure and scalable hosting solution.
The successful mobilisation of the ESDAL service, hosted on NaviSite’s hybrid cloud model has enhanced the reputation and confidence in Costain to deliver complex integrated technology solutions. The success of the new service has been underpinned by a collaborative approach with NaviSite to create the required infrastructure to meet the key performance requirements of the contract.
This approach linked to Costain’s broader capabilities has proven our ability to deliver a complex IT solution to meet national needs and provided Costain with the opportunity to create significant new business. ESDAL is now available as a free service to local councils, government departments and private companies through Highways England’s ESDAL website.
Graham Stacey, Highways Technology Director at Costain said: “The national road network is undergoing significant upgrades, and our highways clients look to us to deliver innovative technologies to help them improve the road network across the UK. NaviSite was tasked with helping us roll out ESDAL, in an extremely demanding timeline.
“They were able to expedite the implementation due to the quality of their staff and their technical expertise. The new cloud based platform will enable us to further develop the ESDAL solution and take advantage of new and emerging technologies. As we expand our business we will continue to look to NaviSite to support the development of our services.”
Sean McAvan, Managing Director, NaviSite, said: “We enjoy working with companies like Costain because our synergies align for delivering innovative solutions to complex challenges. By working together, we were able to develop new business opportunities with Costain and we look forward to working with them to continue delivering new solutions to their customers.”
XPO Logistics Completes Spin Off of GXO Logistics
XPO Logistics has completed its spin-off of GXO Logistics, creating two independent public companies.
GXO Logistics today marked the occasion by ringing the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. GXO leadership and board members were in Manhattan to mark the “exciting milestone in GXO’s history”, opening Wall Street and celebrating the business’s first day of regular way trading.
“We consider it a privilege to launch GXO as a new company at the top of the industry — the world’s largest pure-play logistics provider,” said chief executive Malcolm Wilson, in a statement. “We have a powerful platform for future growth, including our culture of innovation, strong customer relationships, seasoned leaders and a world-class team. This is day one of unlocking vast new potential for our company.”
GXO Logistics in Brief
- CEO: Malcolm Wilson (formerly CEO, XPO Logistics Europe)
- Employees: 94,000 approx.
- Warehouse capacity: 208m sq.ft
- Key customers: Apple, Nike, Whirlpool, Nestlé
XPO’s Pure-Play Strategy
XPO Logistics announced plans to spin off its logistics division in December 2020, with the intention of creating two pure-play entities focussed on contract logistics (GXO) and freight transportation (XPO).
In an interview last month, GXO Chief Investment Officer Mark Manduca said there is “massive scope” for growth both organically and through M&A activity. "A deep pool of potential new business exists for GXO, both through share gain and penetration,” he added, explaining that companies are increasingly looking to outsource logistics as supply chains become ever complicated.
GXO is a leader in logistics automation and robotics, leveraging AI and machine learning to ‘turn logistics into a competitive advantage’ for its customers. It has approximately 94,000 employees, and counts Apple, Nike and Whirlpool among its blue chip customers. The company says it will also look to strengthen its presence in other high-growth areas, primarily ecommerce, apparel, technology, food and beverage, and consumer electronics. The company has 208m+ sq.ft of warehouse space across 869 locations in 27 countries.