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92% of police and 72% of paramedics favour wearing cameras at work

Published: 
18 September, 2014

Survey shows strong approval for body worn video cameras and belief they offer tangible benefits to users and the public.



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B-APCO launches a bespoke emergency communications course for control room staff

Published: 
08 September, 2014

The new course will take place on the afternoon of the 10th of November at St James’ Park, Newcastle, on the day before the Autumn Event.

Reallocation of the 700 MHz band for mobile services throughout the EU is the desirable way forward

Published: 
11 September, 2014

European public safety community gives cautious welcome to report on the future use of the UHF band in Europe.

For your diary: Autumn Event

Published: 
08 September, 2014

The annual B-APCO Autumn Event takes place in Newcastle 11-12 November.


Northern Ireland criminal records connect to the rest of the UK

Published: 
03 September, 2014

An automated link between the Police Service Northern Ireland and all other UK police forces will provide interoperability, enabling the searching of all criminal records and associated fingerprints via a national system.

Past Chair of B-APCO Scottish Region passes away

Published: 
09 September, 2014

It is with great sadness that we report the tragic loss of Paul Sharp on Tuesday afternoon 25th of August.

Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme – update

Published: 
03 September, 2014

Suppliers have until 31 October (17 October for Lot 1) to submit their bids.

New long-range periscope camera delivers facial and number plate recognition at distances of up to one kilometre

Published: 
29 August, 2014

The ruggedised camera is ideal for tactical surveillance operations in a wide range of security applications.

Debunking voice recognition myths, by Jade Kahn, NICE Systems

Published: 
26 August, 2014

The recent tragic news regarding James Foley has brought voice recognition into the media spotlight as authorities endeavour to identify the perpetrator of this heinous crime. Some media outlets have questioned the efficacy of voice biometrics, so it’s time to set the record straight. 

British APCO Journal Q3

Published: 
05 September, 2014

The September issue of the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials has been published!

Public Emergency Alarm and Response System

Published: 
22 August, 2014

White Paper urges the adoption of fire detection and alarm systems for transmitting public alert messages and calls for an international standard to be developed.

Calling all UK emergency services – let's create a digital coalition

Published: 
20 August, 2014

West Midlands Fire Service is developing 999eye as an interim step into the digital future, explains Matt Wroughton, Emergency Response, Technical and Operational Support Directorate, WMFS.

Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Intergraph receive prestigious award

Published: 
14 August, 2014

Government Security News recognises consolidated dispatch centre using Intergraph technology.

On the road to digital

Published: 
14 August, 2014

Former London Ambulance Service vehicle is adapted and re-equipped as a digital command and control vehicle by St John Ambulance.

Driving innovation in crisis management for European resilience

Published: 
13 August, 2014

Demonstration programme DRIVER (DRiving InnoVation in crisis management for European Resilience) receives funding from the European Security Research Programme FP7-SEC, bringing together 37 organisations from civil protection, emergency management, research and industry for jointly developing solutions for improved crisis management.

Hampshire fire and police aim to share strategic headquarters

Published: 
05 August, 2014

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Hampshire Constabulary to co-locate their strategic headquarters, ‘a move which is leading the way nationally’.

Authoritative mapping

Published: 
04 August, 2014

A new online mapping service has been launched as part of the Cabinet Office Resilience Direct multi-agency tool.

Motorola Solutions unveils new LTE device for public safety

Published: 
04 August, 2014

The LEX755 has been purpose-built and optimised for first responders and reinforced to meet mission-critical requirements.

PSN – where next?

Published: 
04 August, 2014

The trail-blazing efforts of a number of organisations should not be understated – but the true potential of PSN is yet to be fulfilled, writes Neil Mellor, director of the trade association for PSN suppliers and buyers, PSNGB.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service integrate Satellite, 3G and Wi-Fi solution to ensure reliable communication for command units

Published: 
17 July, 2014

GFRS deploys Peplink routers and access points within a range of emergency response vehicles, trailers and portable units.

Body-worn video technical guidance published

Published: 
16 July, 2014

Technical guidance highlights the key issues for those interested in purchasing and deploying body-worn video (BWV) recording devices.

Leicestershire Police is the first force in the UK to test new face recognition software

Published: 
16 July, 2014

NeoFace compares any digital image - such as CCTV or police body camera footage - with any photo held on the Leicestershire Police database.

Scenarios that combine LTE mobile broadband and TETRA digital radio

Published: 
14 July, 2014

Motorola Solutions opens Mission Critical Solutions Centre to shape future of public safety communications.

Photographs from panoramic 360-degree camera used in Crown Court murder trial for first time

Published: 
14 July, 2014

Jury at a Birmingham murder trial see crime scene photographs provided by camera that permits a virtual ‘walk through’ of the scene of an incident. 

Who provided the secure radio comms during the World Cup?

Published: 
14 July, 2014

Airbus Defence and Space’s Tetrapol technology formed the backbone of communication for the federal and state police forces.

Project Re-DIRNET – the son of FREESIC and SECRICOM

Published: 
08 July, 2014

Re-DIRNET is the latest European project with B-APCO involvement, writes British APCO EU Projects Manager Shaun O’Neill.

Completion of Project FREESIC

Published: 
08 July, 2014

On 5 June at the University of Luxembourg Project FREESIC (FREE Secure Interoperable Communications) presented its findings to an invited audience of 30 users from across Europe including three representatives from the UK.

The 2013 Boston Marathon: how the multi-discipline, multi-jurisdiction approach to planning for the Marathon affected the response to, and recovery from, the bombings

Published: 
30 June, 2014

Presentation report: Kurt N. Schwartz, Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, speaking during NFPA 2014 Conference and Expo.

City of London Police signs up to Kelvin Connect’s Pronto e-notebook

Published: 
14 July, 2014

Announcement comes on the back of similar contract wins for Airwave, with Dyfed-Powys and Devon and Cornwall Police.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue select new rostering and attendance management system

Published: 
14 July, 2014

Moore Stephens Consulting (MSC) selected to deliver the StARS-MS system.

Message from B-APCO President - get involved and help our agencies communicate better through MAIT

Published: 
19 June, 2014

Earlier in the year British APCO with the help of our web and social media specialist, Sasha Taylor, created the Multi Agency Incident Transfer (MAIT) website, so that the Home Office and other partners could showcase the proposed MAIT standard to enable data sharing.

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