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Cadcorp announces free integrated Pictometry® image viewing facility for Cadcorp SIS desktop product family.
New capability will enhance GIS applications in planning & building control, property development, emergency & contingency planning, and many other areas.
Ian Steel, project manager, mobile information at Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Peter Harris, mobile data product manager, Arquiva speak exclusively to the BAPCO Journal about how the force is developing its own mobile data strategy and set of requirements...
Information management and the sharing of information are all key drivers that will help our mission critical arena meet the ever growing demands placed upon it, which is why each and every issue of The BAPCO Journal strives to keep you updated and informed on all aspects of both today’s and future technologies. In complete correlation of that fact, the annual BAPCO conference and exhibition has been designed to meet those very needs. And this month sees the first part of a series of features, highlighting why it makes sense to attend the event (see page 19).
This month we also take a closer look at the use of 3G as a data bearer. In fact, our cover story (see page 6) highlights how North West Ambulance Service frontline crews are using Vodafone’s 3G data cards to access critical information such as details on hazardous chemicals to help enable its rapid response vehicles to co-ordinate emergency operations more effectively.
Following on from this, the March issue will contain an in-depth article on current and future mobile data usage via differing bearers. To ensure you receive a copy, either register as a member of BAPCO (application form on page 16) or subscribe to the Journal at www.bapcojournal.com.
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The Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust has signed a £32m contract with O2 Airwave for the provision of world class digital communications including a wide range of highly resilient and secure data services to front-line ambulances that will enhance the scope of care delivery by paramedics at incident scenes and help to improve ambulance response times.
Under a joint initiative between the South West and South East Regions of BAPCO a seminar will be held on the 7 March 2007 at the Intergraph Offices in Swindon.
The event will address mobile data applications and The Deputy Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, Ian Readhead, will be speaking...
2007 arrived and already one month has passed. For all of us 2007 will be a year when a number of major strands come together with dramatic structural changes to all three Emergency Services.
It’s that time of the year when we commercial members start to plan towards the annual BAPCO conference and exhibition and our purse string holders say “no” far too often and about the most unfair things – of course we need new display material, plasma TVs and palm trees – why can’t they see that? The exhibition is well supported again this year with a number of newcomers, I wish them well and hope that they realise benefits through their attendance. The conference is looking to break new ground in its format and intends to deliver thought leadership and points of view that will raise the Association’s profile to new levels. I sincerely hope that this objective comes about since we are surely mature enough to be leading debate and shaping the future of public safety communications in the UK.
Paging - is there still a requirement in public safety?
With the growing usage of SMS messaging, are paging systems likely to become obsolete in the face of mobile phone technology or will they remain a reliable and cost effective means of communication within the mission critical arena? Outlining this very point, The BAPCO Journal takes a closer look at the importance that both wide and local area paging systems play and examines how the systems are likely to develop in the future...
John Low, business development director of Memex Technology, discusses Neighbourhood Policing and the Partnership Intelligence concept...
Honour for contributors
Jacqui Brookes, the CEO of the Federation of Communication Services (FCS), was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Year honour. The award recognises her contribution to the industry by proactively representing small and medium enterprises with the Government and the telecoms regulator OFCOM.
Other honour came in the form of, Rick Naylor, current President of the Police Superintendents Association being awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year honour List.
Terrorism programme director
Assistant Chief Constable, Margaret Wood has been appointed the first APCO Terrorism Programme Director. The newly created DCC position will see Wood co-ordinate work across the service to build capacity and capability to counter-terrorism and play a major role in the creation of Counter Terrorism Units and Regional Intelligence Cells at key locations across England and Wales.
New UK company
Northrop Grumman Corporation has created Northrop Grumman UK Limited, a new UK registered company based in London to facilitate the growth and expansion of Northrop Grumman activities in the UK defence, security, civil government and commercial sectors. Although the company has already seen great success in the UK, this demonstrates its commitment to the UK and highlights the company’s desire to enhance its presence further in the market.
Symbol acquisition completed
Motorola has completed the acquisition of Symbol Technologies enhancing Motorola’s vision of seamless mobility providing business critical information anytime, anywhere.
Beat Systems, has been offered a £388k SPURplus grant from the Scottish Executive, to pioneer mobile technology development for UK police forces and government departments.
A new handheld mobile CCTV solution that delivers live video such as traffic flow or incident images direct to mobile users using a handheld PDA, notebook or desktop PC has been launched by Tyco Traffic & Transportation, part of Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions.
The rumour wars have already begun with who could potentially be the next owner of the O2 Airwave business, following the announcement that Telefonica S.A. was looking to dispose of the company.
Motorola and Siemens has confirmed they will be delivering TETRA hardware, software, services and maintenance to Nodnett, Norway’s national public safety network.
The Royal Berkshire Ambulance NHS Trust, the first ambulance service in the UK to install Transportable Satellite Broadband VPN (TSBV) technology has achieved another first with the purchase of STEPS (Strategic Emergency Planning Solution) from Excelerate Technology.
Gloucestershire Police has selected Cadcorp SIS and Cadcorp SIS?OS?MasterMap to NTF Exporter to support its migration to OS MasterMap digital map data, while retaining the use of its exisiting digital mapping GIS facilities.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has gone live with a software solution designed to manage requests for accessing and analysisng an individual’s communications data, as required under the Regularion of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000.
Suffolk Constabulary is utilising APD’s Inca Automatic Vehicle Loacation System (AVLS) to make the most of its despatching procedures...
We take a closer look at how Vodafone is providing a rapid response communications solution to North West Ambulance Service that can help save lives...
Is 3G a viable solution for the emergency services?
This month we take a closer look at the technology benefits of 3G and speak to Craig Wellman, head of government sector, Vodafone UK about 3G technology, asking if 3G is a viable alternative to radio communications...
Norway's largest medical emergency contact centre, Ullevaal, utilises NICE Systems Solutions for 100% call monitoring capabilities and to ensure high level agent training...