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ESMCP invites tenders for £100m air-to-ground contract

The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) has published an invitation to tender (ITT) for the air-to-ground component of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) service.

The procurement seeks to establish a framework agreement valued at £100 million, ...

Delivery partners chosen for major UK police IT project

Deloitte and BT have been confirmed as suppliers for the UK police national enabling programmes (NEP), as well as the burgeoning police national management centre (NMC).

Deloitte has been selected as the ‘client delivery partner,’ providing a range of services to ...

Police ICT Airwave contract winners announced

The Police ICT Company has awarded its national Airwave terminal procurement framework contract to radio manufacturers Motorola Solutions and Sepura.

The framework is designed to offer a centrally managed solution which, according to the Police ICT Company, will “free ...

Emergency Services Network testing gets under way

The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) has started testing Emergency Services Network coverage, using its recently-announced solution ESN Assure.

The first phase of testing is currently taking place across England and Wales, using an initial ...


Retained firefighter solution wins major comms industry award

GlobalView Systems has won the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) 2018 Gerald David Award for Innovation in Business Radio, for its RETAIN Solution. The award was presented at the Business Radio Gala Dinner, which took place earlier this week at the Chateau Impney hotel ...

ESMCP: ESN review didn’t pull any punches

Becca Jones, Emergency Services Network customer engagement director at ESMCP, has given an update on the programme following its recent comprehensive review, indicating that potentially bringing the project to an end was indeed part of the discussion.

Speaking at ...

Telent wins ESN coverage testing contract

Telent has won a contract valued at £10.3m from the Home Office to provide a service that will test the coverage of the Emergency Services Network (ESN).

The service covered by the contract requires telent to develop and provide a coverage testing app that will work ...

Home Office: final ESN product to be available in Autumn 2020

A letter from Sir Philip Rutnam, permanent secretary at the Home Office, together with oral testimony during a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing on 10 October has provided some additional details on the status of the project to roll out the Emergency Services Network ...

Cloud-based control room specialist collaborates with CAD provider

APD Communications has partnered with RapidDeploy to provide what it describes as “a complete hosted solution for control room operations globally.”

The collaboration will combine APD’s software-only integrated communication control system Cortex, and RapidDeploy’s ...

ESN breaks ground on first extended area service site

Construction has begun on the first new mobile mast for the Emergency Services Network (ESN)’s Extended Area Service (EAS), at Boreland, near Lockerbie, Scotland.

In addition to providing mobile broadband services to the country’s emergency services, the mast will ...

ESN's 'new strategic direction'

The UK Home Office has announced what it describes as “a new strategic direction” for the Emergency Services Network, following its review of the programme.

The Home Office says that this decision has secured the future of ESN and that the programme will result in ...

Drones and robots trialled for chemical detection use

Trials of drones weighing less than a bar of soap and robots that can climb stairs have taken place at Gloucestershire Fire Service College, as part of MoD and Home Office backed Project Minerva.

The project aims to reduce the risk to emergency services and front-line ...

ESMCP publishes PIN for air to ground communications

The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) has published a prior information notice (PIN) to inform the future procurement of its Air to Ground (A2G), Aircraft Communications System (ACS) Project.

The notice states that “Previous market engagement ...

APD emergency services artwork unveiled

APD Communications has created a work of art to commemorate the work done by its clients in the emergency services.

The Tapestry of the Emergency Services is 6ft by 4ft. It consists of 64 pegs, each of which is associated with a “meaningful word” to describe those ...

Northern European eSMS service deployed

Frequentis has helped to roll-out a pilot Emergency SMS service in Norway for members of the public who are deaf, hard of hearing or impacted by speech disorders, wanting to contact the emergency services.

The service is supported by the company’s integrated ...


APD's Mike Isherwood to head up British APCO's Small Business Group

?Mike Isherwood, APD Communications’ managing director, has been appointed as chair of the Small Business Group of British APCO.

The group aims to provide a representative voice for small and micro-sized companies in the public safety sector. Mr Isherwood said his ...

Rutnam: ESN still the right strategic direction

The fifth Public Accounts Committee hearing on ESN saw witnesses from the Home Office discuss the project's reduction in headcount and the upcoming strategic review of the project which is still scheduled for completion in July.

Sir Philip Rutnam, the Home Office's ...

Rohill contributes to anti-terror effort

Wireless solution manufacturer Rohill has participated in an exercise preparing for a major bio-terrorist attack

The company provided its LTEtraNode platform, allowing users simultaneous access to both narrowband (TETRA) and broadband (VoLTE, MCPTT) services, with SES ...

Cumbria Constabulary opts for Axon’s evidence submission tool

Axon and its UK subsidiary Axon Public Safety UK, have announced that Cumbria Constabulary is the first police force in the UK to roll out the company’s public evidence submission tool, Axon Citizen for Officers.

Cumbria Constabulary also ordered 610 Axon Body 2 and ...

ESN looking to quickly switch to open standards

During an update on the Emergency Services Network (ESN) at the BAPCO Satellite Series event in Edinburgh, Richard Hewlett, head of technology and the head of live services, ESMCP (Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme), revealed that the programme is considering ...

Nokia's command and control innovation

Nokia has launched Advanced Command Centre, a control room solution designed to facilitate public safety organisations’ increasing use of broadband data.

According to the company, the product is designed to enable next generation 911/‘rich media’ call-taking from ...

Huawei Launches eLTE Multimedia Critical Communications System

(Advertorial) eLTE Enables Comprehensive Awareness, Multi-Service Collaboration and Dispatching Everywhere and Anywhere

[Berlin, Germany, May 16, 2018] Huawei launched its eLTE Multimedia Critical Communications System (eLTE MCCS) today at Critical Communications ...

ICCAs: This year’s winners

The International Critical Communications Awards took place in Berlin on 15 May and were co-located for the first time with Critical Communications World.

The awards ceremony, which attracted a record number of entries, consisted of nine categories and these were ...
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