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Northgate Public Services Acquires i2N Ltd to Expand Its Justice Offering


NEC Corporation ((NEC, TYO:6701) and Northgate Public Services
(NPS), a wholly owned NEC subsidiary, today announced that NPS acquired
i2N, which supplies specialist software to the UK's Ministry of
Justice's HM Prison and Probation Service and the Youth Justice Board.
The deal will significantly increase NPS' offering across the entire
criminal justice process.

NPS is the market leader for policing IT solutions in the UK with 15
forces currently using NPS' crime, custody and intelligence management
system, CONNECT. Recent contract wins with West Midlands Police and the
Metropolitan Police Service mean that over 50% of police officers in
England will be using NPS technology.

The i2N acquisition presents an opportunity for greater visibility
across the criminal justice system enabling users throughout the process
to work collaboratively to deliver better outcomes and reduce

Stephen Callaghan, chief executive officer of NPS, which is owned by the
NEC Corporation, Japan, said, "We see a good synergy between NPS and i2N
in the area of local authority youth offender management. NPS provides a
range of product and services to 168 local authorities in the UK. This
acquisition will boost our offer in the important justice sector whilst
providing a strong opportunity for growth for i2N."

Jim O'Connor, CEO of i2N said, "Joining the NPS team opens up new and
exciting markets for both businesses in the development of critical
software that spans the entire justice sector."

Founded in 1999, i2N is ranked in the top 25 SME IT service providers on
the government G-Cloud by Government Digital service and is a key
supplier to the Ministry of Justice. In recent years, i2N has been
expanding cloud ready platforms as Software as a Service (SaaS) via
G-Cloud on the GOV.UK Digital Market Place.

Following completion of the transaction, i2N will continue to operate
under their existing name and the key management team and all
operational staff will remain in place. i2N will operate as a business
unit within NPS' Safety Division with further integration into the
business as customers' requirements for integrated software and services
within the justice system develop.

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