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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.



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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.

Emergency Services Communications: Resilience for the Twenty-First Century

Published: 
19 June, 2014

This Future Communications Study addresses concerns amongst the BAPCO membership that the replacement/evolution of the current Emergency Services Network (ESN) may compromise essential functionality for economic savings.

Dyfed-Powys Police on track for paperless policing

Published: 
19 June, 2014

Dyfed-Powys Police starts issuing police officers with Pronto electronic notebook loaded with a suite of policing applications.

Surrey’s answer to improved community and firefighter safety

Published: 
19 June, 2014

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service deploys integrated CRM solution from Optevia for business and community fire safety.

Multitone and Anoto announce strategic alliance

Published: 
19 June, 2014

Combined technologies will offer healthcare services an evolutionary way to capture and share critical patient information digitally.

Bristol City Council awards Videalert a major contract to deploy digital video platform

Published: 
19 June, 2014

Videalert is now delivering real-time VRM data to Bristol’s central Urban Traffic Management Control system for traffic modelling and journey time information, as well as to Avon and Somerset Police for crime prevention initiatives and investigations. 

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) selects StARS–MS rostering and attendance management system

Published: 
19 June, 2014

StARS–MS will form the foundation of MFRA’s Time and Resource Management System.

Ctrack launches solution to boost cost effective real-time vehicle tracking

Published: 
19 June, 2014

Multi-comms solution enables emergency services to seamlessly switch between communication channels to meet precise operational requirements while minimising data transfer costs. 

Airwave selected for G-Cloud V Framework

Published: 
19 June, 2014

Airwave’s location-based tracking solution Collaborate admitted to the G-Cloud V framework, the latest Government Cloud procurement programme.

One Box guidance and updates

Published: 
19 June, 2014

Home Office and the Centre for Applied Science and Technology publish updated guidance to One Box standards for vehicle telematics and associated data management systems.

Tracking your most valuable assets

Published: 
28 May, 2014

RFID specialist Red Ledge has formed a joint venture with fire and crisis management technology consultancy BSG Command Systems to launch iSCOPE, an incident sector command-level system that uses RFID tags to constantly track firefighter locations, breathing apparatus air levels and other equipment assets in real time, across all zones of any incident.

Invitation to Policing Social Citizens – a future conference

Published: 
28 May, 2014

Organised by Public-i and Mutual Gain, the Policing Social Citizens conference takes place 26-27 June in Manchester. 

Next Generation 911 - the lessons for the UK

Published: 
28 May, 2014

As the US continues its journey to NG911 we catch up with APCO Past President Terry Hall, Director of Emergency Communications at York-Poquoson-Williamsburg ECC. His message to UK public safety communications professionals is simple: educate yourself, your staff and your public; embrace the technologies and utilise them as the tools they have been developed for. And don’t wait - there is no reason not to launch these technologies now.

Supplier of simulation and optimisation technology Optima bought by Intermedix

Published: 
29 April, 2014

Optima provides analytics and simulations for emergency services to answer questions round planning, resource allocation and decision-making support.

Emergency Services Network – Home Office places tender, deadline 16th of May 2014

Published: 
23 April, 2014

The tender is valued between £555m and £1.22bn.

Let's get unconferencing!

Published: 
28 May, 2014

Blue Light Camp 2014 took place in Ordnance Survey’s headquarters in Southampton 10-11 May after a few hectic months of planning by founders Mark Braggins and Sasha Taylor. Whilst attending Day 1 of the ‘unconference’ Jose Sanchez de Muniain found out about the ground-breaking 999 EYE project being initiated by West Midlands Fire & Rescue.

BlueLight Camp – 10-11 May, Ordnance Survey Head Office, Southampton

Published: 
22 April, 2014

Using data to drive change for critical communications: have your say.

Sandstorm forecasting mobile app launched

Published: 
22 April, 2014

Dubai Municipality along with Unique System FZE launch a first-of-its-kind app in the UAE.

Mobile alerting trials: project report is published

Published: 
22 April, 2014

In 2013 the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) trialed different approaches to mobile alerting that would target members of the public in an area impacted by an emergency, via their mobile device.

Responses to independent report on an open national address gazetteer have been published

Published: 
22 April, 2014

Review analyses current products and considers user requirements and options for open addresses.

Digital courtroom unveiled as justice enters the Wi-Fi era

Published: 
22 April, 2014

Criminal cases will be handled digitally from the moment a crime is committed through to the conclusion in court, Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green said.

Multi Agency Incident Transfer: draft schema open for comment

Published: 
11 April, 2014

British APCO has been working with the Cabinet Office, Welsh Government and its members from both the emergency services and the commercial sector to work on the problem of exchanging incidents between agency control rooms.

Current Issue - click to read

    Cell Broadcasting in focus - with many countries increasingly adopting Cell Broadcasting, shouldn't we give this technology a fair chance? Plus: NG911 - the US reaches a significant milestone in its journey to Next Generation 911; B-APCO 2014 review; and highlights from Blue Light Camp 2014.

A-Z Directory

    A list of terms, acroynms and technologies relating to the world of BAPCO and beyond.

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