NPS ASSURE Environment Suite
NPS ASSURE Environment Suite SaaS is a highly configurable person and property database comprising a suite of application modules which are legislatively compliant for Planning/Development Control, Building Control, Local Land Charges, Environmental Health, Licensing, Trading Standards, Waste/Cleansing Management, Private Sector Housing and Grounds Maintenance.
- Planning/Development Control: Full planning application processing.
- Building Control: Full building control application processing.
- Local Land Charges: Management of the LLC1 register and CON29.
- Environmental Health: Back office system for all aspects of service.
- Licensing: All forms of premise, people and vehicle licensing.
- Trading Standards: Trading Standards requirements including interface for consumer direct.
- Waste Management: Processing of service requests for waste and cleansing.
- Private Sector Housing: HMO licensing, Grants and Loans, HSRS.
- Grounds Maintenance: Client/contractor asset management system.
- SearchNet: Land charge solution including with on-site business consultancy.
- Online application submission.
- Interactive dashboards and reports.
- Web interface for access on any device.
- Offline mobile app for inspection processing.
- Integration with national portals e.g. 1APP.
- Online customer access for tracking and comments.
- Spatial integration for plotting and searching.
- Customisable online application forms.
- Departmental data sharing.
£1500 to £4500 per licence per month
- Pricing document
- Skills Framework for the Information Age rate card
- Service definition document
- Terms and conditions
- Modern Slavery statement
Northgate Public Services UK Limited
Northgate Public Services Frameworks Team
|Software add-on or extension||No|
|Cloud deployment model||Community cloud|
|System requirements||HTML5 compliant browser with appropriate memory depending upon usage.|
|Email or online ticketing support||Email or online ticketing|
|Support response times||Target 1 hour within contracted support hours.|
|User can manage status and priority of support tickets||Yes|
|Online ticketing support accessibility||WCAG 2.1 A|
|Phone support availability||9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday|
|Web chat support||No|
|Onsite support||Yes, at extra cost|
Service is available 24x7, except for planned and emergency maintenance. Support response is available 09:00-17:30 each Business Day. NPS ASSURE typically achieves 99.5% availability.
The NPS ASSURE Administrator can log a call 24x7 online. Upon receiving a Support Request, but within 4 working hours during Normal Business Hours, the call will be prioritised:
P1 (Critical) - service unavailable to Authorised Users.
P2 (Medium) - important business function unavailable for Authorised Users.
P3 (Low) - important business function affecting proportion of Authorised Users.
P4 – advice, or problems affecting 1 or 2 Authorised Users.
The Service Desk will contact the NPS ASSURE Administrator to try and resolve issues. Where this is not possible, the issue will be escalated to a technical team.
NPS will use reasonable commercial endeavours to provide identification and resolution, obviation and/or mitigation of operational bugs or errors reported by the client in NPS ASSURE in accordance with the following estimated target timescales:
P1: 4 working hours.
P2: 12 working hours.
P3: 24 working hours.
P4: 72 working hours.
P4 - 72 working hours.
A Client Services Manager will be allocated to manage the on-going relationship, and cloud support engineers are allocated as appropriate to resolve technical issues.
|Support available to third parties||No|
Onboarding and offboarding
In order to effectively use the NPS ASSURE Environment Suite there is an onboarding phase which involves:
• System Administrator access to your pre-configured environment.
• Access to a sandpit environment for up to 28 days, usually within five working days of placing the Order.
• Configuration services.
• Data migration from existing system (not included in the onboarding fee, additional charge based on client requirements using the appropriate SFIA rates to establish a fixed price).
• Training services.
|End-of-contract data extraction||Throughout the duration of the contract you can use the reporting facilities to extract your business data from the service. We will carry out a scoping study at a cost of £2,000 to agree the scope and format of data required. Following the scoping study we will provide a fixed price to extract the data based on the SFIA rate card.|
|End-of-contract process||Throughout the duration of the contract you can use the reporting facilities to extract your business data from the service. We will carry out a scoping study at a cost of £2,000 to agree the scope and format of data required. Following the scoping study we will provide a fixed price to extract the data based on the SFIA rate card.|
Using the service
|Web browser interface||Yes|
|Application to install||Yes|
|Compatible operating systems||
|Designed for use on mobile devices||Yes|
|Differences between the mobile and desktop service||The ASSURE web application has been designed to be accessed via a mobile device. Additionally a separate mobile app is available for offline working. The mobile app has been designed for in-field working on and Android device and includes functionality for the completion of food or building control inspections.|
|What users can and can't do using the API||Our standard API provided users with access to view and update selective information with the system. The API is provisioned a web service with a set of documented methods providing the user with details of functionality available.|
|API documentation formats||
|API sandbox or test environment||No|
|Description of customisation||Some optional customisation is available, for example, styling / logos and so on, which can be discussed with you.|
|Independence of resources||Each client instance is allocated computer resources (processing power, memory and storage) in accordance with the number of users and documents to be stored. This is sized to enable users to undertake normal operational activities without affecting other users.|
|Service usage metrics||No|
|Supplier type||Not a reseller|
|Staff security clearance||Conforms to BS7858:2012|
|Government security clearance||Up to Security Clearance (SC)|
|Knowledge of data storage and processing locations||Yes|
|Data storage and processing locations||United Kingdom|
|User control over data storage and processing locations||Yes|
|Datacentre security standards||Supplier-defined controls|
|Penetration testing frequency||At least once a year|
|Penetration testing approach||‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider|
|Protecting data at rest||Physical access control, complying with another standard|
|Data sanitisation process||Yes|
|Data sanitisation type||Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation|
|Equipment disposal approach||Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001|
Data importing and exporting
|Data export approach||Throughout the duration of the contract you can use the reporting facilities to extract your business data from the service. We will carry out a scoping study at a cost of £2,000 to agree the scope and format of data required. Following the scoping study we will provide a fixed price to extract the data based on the SFIA rate card.|
|Data export formats||
|Other data export formats||XLS|
|Data import formats||
|Other data import formats||XLS|
|Data protection between buyer and supplier networks||
|Other protection between networks||Private MPLS circuits or equivalent.|
|Data protection within supplier network||
Availability and resilience
|Guaranteed availability||NPS is fully committed to providing superior levels of service and achieving high availability. However, given the limited nature of each individual contract and the relatively short contract period, it is not appropriate to include a service credit regime.|
|Approach to resilience||
There are two areas of service resilience: data centre and support.
The data centre housing the ASSURE systems is a purpose-built facility classified as Tier III+. It has separate mains power feeds from different supply lines, distributed through independent, duplicated distribution paths to each cabinet. It is designed to be fully resilient with redundant N+1 power and cooling. Services utilise highly redundant and resilient equipment, and virtual technology enables services to move to alternate hosts in the event of a host failure. Resilience is further boosted through resilient and multi-layered network infrastructure based on paired Cisco switch infrastructure. There is stringent security protection certified to ISO 27001:2013 standard. Production services located in the data centre are also protected through replication and disaster recovery services at a second data centre, providing data centre resilience.
Each contract is assessed for its workload requirements and capacity is built into the supporting technical teams. Specialist shared teams provide support services located from multiple locations enabling service resilience and cover for peaks in demand. Standards, such as ITIL and Service Desk, further contribute to service quality and resilience.
|Outage reporting||Outages will be treated as a Major Incident (MI) and managed by the ISO20000-certified process. A named user will receive an email and SMS message notifying them of the status of the MI until resolution. The incident will also be logged on the Service Desk system where the status is also visible to the user.|
Identity and authentication
|User authentication needed||Yes|
|Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels||Separate networks are used for users, and for support and management purposes. These are logically separated using vlans and firewalls. All management and support staff have access via the management network and end users are excluded.|
|Access restriction testing frequency||At least once a year|
|Management access authentication||
Audit information for users
|Access to user activity audit information||Users have access to real-time audit information|
|How long user audit data is stored for||User-defined|
|Access to supplier activity audit information||Users receive audit information on a regular basis|
|How long supplier audit data is stored for||User-defined|
|How long system logs are stored for||At least 12 months|
Standards and certifications
|ISO/IEC 27001 certification||Yes|
|Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001||BSI|
|ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date||28/03/2018; valid until June 2021. Certificate IS 598449 .|
|What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover||The NPS Information Security Management System (ISMS) is registered to ISO 27001 and therefore audited by BSI at least annually. All NPS staff are required to comply with the ISMS.|
|ISO 28000:2007 certification||No|
|CSA STAR certification||No|
|Other security certifications||No|
|Named board-level person responsible for service security||Yes|
|Security governance certified||Yes|
|Security governance standards||ISO/IEC 27001|
|Information security policies and processes||
All of our services and processes are carried out in compliance with our ISO27001:2013 certified Information Security Management System (ISMS). The ISMS is supported by a comprehensive set of standards and policies. All staff undertake mandatory annual security and data protection awareness training to ensure they are familiar at all times of the importance of operating in a secure manner and of the policies in place.
The NPS Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) operates at board level and has overall responsibility and accountability for all aspect of security governance. The SIRO is supported by an Information Security Steering Group (ISSG) which is headed by the Security Manager and has representatives from all areas within the organisation. The ISSG is responsible for agreeing policies with the SIRO and ensuring they are implemented across the business.
An operational Security Working Group (SWG) is responsible for managing any incidents that may occur and in an advisory capacity to provide advice and guidance to the organisation.
|Configuration and change management standard||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Configuration and change management approach||
We have an ISO20000 certified service management system. The components of the service are created as Configuration Items and added to our Configuration Management Database when the Change Request has been completed. As part of the Change Management Process, when future Changes affect the components our CMDB is updated accordingly throughout the lifetime, up to and including decommissioning and disposal.
We hold a weekly Technical Change Advisory Board, which is attended by at least one member of the Security Team, who will assess any security implications.
|Vulnerability management type||Supplier-defined controls|
|Vulnerability management approach||We have Symantec Endpoint Protection anti-virus software installed that assesses potential threats to our services. We deploy patches to our services in a timely manner. Critical security patches are applied as soon as possible, and all other patching is done on a quarterly cycle. Our Security Team has signed up to various security alert subscriptions, alerting us to potential threats that may affect our services.|
|Protective monitoring type||Supplier-defined controls|
|Protective monitoring approach||
We use the protective monitoring tool LogRhythm to identify potential compromises. We have a team of Security Administrators that regularly review the audit logs and take relevant action.
When a potential compromise has been identified, it is reviewed by the Security Team and an investigation is carried out. This may result in a Major Incident or a Service Change being raised, and these are managed in accordance with the relevant process.
Speed of incident response is dependent on the severity, any critical incidents are prioritised and an emergency remedial plan will be put in place.
|Incident management type||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Incident management approach||
Incident Management is part of our ISO20000 certified Service Management system.
All incidents are handled within the same process. Users report incidents through the Service Desk, and a Security Incident document is then raised. This is reviewed by the Security Team and is managed in accordance with the Incident Management Process.
At regular times Incident Reports are provided to the user, and once the Incident is closed a full report is produced which is used to identify any lessons learnt.
|Approach to secure software development best practice||Conforms to a recognised standard, but self-assessed|
Public sector networks
|Connection to public sector networks||Yes|
|Connected networks||Public Services Network (PSN)|
|Price||£1500 to £4500 per licence per month|
|Discount for educational organisations||No|
|Free trial available||No|