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Transforming local government
The Wireless Event, 23-24 May 2007, Olympia, London, now in its fifth year, is about delivering effective enterprise applications using wireless networks and mobile devices.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is now able to procure Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) development services more competitively through the signing of framework agreements between the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) and 17 service suppliers.
Telefónica has agreed the sale of 100 per cent of Airwave to Macquarie, for a value of £1.9 billion.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) has increased its use and investment in satellite technology with the installation of a satellite trailer from Primetech (UK) Ltd. This adds to the existing Command Unit installation, and gives GFRS greater flexibility in deploying their satellite connectivity. The unit is based around a small box-type trailer which had previously been used for Community Fire Safety work. The trailer had become surplus to CFS requirements, and made an ideal platform for a mobile unit. GFRS also had a spare, dormant satellite system that had been installed on their Command Unit but had been removed two years previously and kept in storage.
Verint Systems Inc., a provider of analytic software-based solutions for security and business intelligence, has announced its debut into the EMEA public safety markets with its Audiolog™ Interaction Recording Solution at this year’s BAPCO exhibition.
18 April 2007- Training4GIS, the training and consultancy division of The GeoInformation Group™, announced today its success in winning a major central government contract to create a bespoke training programme to assist Britain’s Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) to take full advantage of the Fire Service Emergency Cover (FSEC) Toolkit.
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council (Wigan Council) has announced it is to manage all of its workplace policies and internal communications activity with the NETconsent Enterprise Policy Management suite. The decision follows a successful project to automate the distribution and staff approval processes for its Acceptable Internet Usage policy using the WEBconsent module within the NETconsent suite.
New research, to find out how interactive technology can improve emergency briefings is currently being carried out by a team of experts from Leeds University because existing research into atypical incidents (such as the 7/7 bombings) has shown that the dissemination of operational information can be a major challenge.
Derby City Council to improve efficiency of shared services for over a quarter of a million citizens
Derby City Council has appointed communications integrator Affiniti to help deliver more efficient and improved services to citizens by installing a new network across its four main sites in the city centre.
Air traffic controllers have been given a new set of tools by ATDI Ltd, Europe’s leading radio planning and modelling company, to simplify the task of keeping passengers safe.
16 April 2007 – 3M, the diversified technology company, today announced the launch of new ToughTouch capacitive touch screens for self-service kiosks and ATM applications. The MicroTouch ToughTouch II Capacitive Touch Screens from 3M excel in these demanding environments offering superior wear resistance, enhanced light transmission and added impact resistance.
FL-SafeBoot, has announced that SafeBoot mobile data security technology is now included on business class (b) and professional class (p) feature packages of HP business notebooks and tablet PCs.
"A Comprehensive Report on Mobile and Flexible Working in Local Government "
Zetron, Inc., has announced the release of its new Voice-over-IP (VoIP) Radio Dispatch System, Version 1.5. The VoIP Radio Dispatch System (VoIP RDS) is built on the Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) – a widely accepted open standard that ties together VoIP with underlying protocol standards such as UDP and TCP/IP. This allows users to share a common voice communications IP network with SIP-based telephony and full-featured radio dispatch. Zetron’s end-to-end, pure IP, radio dispatching system was first deployed as a custom solution at Puget Sound Energy and is now shipping as a standard product release.
Zetron has been awarded a contract to support the expansion of British Airways’ system from 39 to 82 operator positions.
Optibase, Ltd. has confirmed that Humberside Police has upgraded its current IPTV system with Optibase’s carrier-grade, MPEG-4 H.264 solution. Together with local UK partner, Cotswold Communications, Optibase’s delivered a system that includes MediaGateway encoding platforms, which will be streaming feeds coming from the police helicopter to multiple PC clients across the force’s network.
Dynamode have launched FireCaddy - a new EzeStor Network Attached Storage (NAS) Caddy that allows any SATA or e-SATA hard disk to be used as external storage. The Caddy has a FireWire 2 interface (backward compatible to FireWire 1) that allows a maximum data transfer speed of an astonishing 800Mbps, perfect for large data files such as those used in heavy graphics applications, real time video editing, server backup or simply backing up mixed media data. The FireCaddy allows anyone to acquire additional storage on their network for around £75 plus the cost of the drive. Available in a stylish aluminium housing with a built-in HDU fan, the FireCaddy has its own ARM processor, a second external E-SATA interface to allow an additional drive to be connected and it also has a USB 2.0 port with a data transfer rate of 480Mbps. The FireCaddy comes with all necessary cables – FireWire, e-SATA and USB.
Dick Winterton, Chief Executive of Skills for Justice, announced his recent appointment as the as the new Managing Director of City & Guilds Awards, its awarding body arm. Dick will be leaving his current position as Chief Executive of Skills for Justice at the end of July. Dick said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed building Skills for Justice, and working closely with partners in the Justice sector. I will be leaving many friends, but not going too far. I very much hope to be able to help the Justice sector, and Skills for Justice, from my new position.”
A survey by Infosecurity Europe of 291 companies has found that 93% of companies believe that instant messaging (IM) and Voice over IP (VoIP) usage is moving faster than corresponding security. Further to this, according to interviews Infosecurity Europe conducted with a panel of 20 Chief Security Officers (CSOs) of large enterprises, IM is now prevalent in organisations with large volumes of financial transactions being carried out over IM in some organisations. Another concern was that as IM allows encrypted data traffic it could be an undetectable source of data leakage. The view on VoIP is that although there has been some adoption, it is not yet a widely deployed technology in corporates although it was being used a lot by travelling executives and the story is very different in the SME area where many have rushed to take the opportunity to reduce costs. There are similar security issues relating to VoIP regarding encrypted traffic and also the potential for SPIM to clog VoIP communications and cause similar problems to those caused by SPAM in email.
Mott MacDonald has acquired Schema, a leading UK based independent management consultancy advising the technology, media and telecommunications industries. Based in the UK, Schema has built its success by providing high quality, business, marketing and technical support to a range of clients including telecoms operators and service providers, vendors, broadcasters, content providers, government bodies, regulators and the finance community.
Chronos Technology has announced the UK and Scandinavian launch of a new low cost, high performance OEM surface mount GPS receiver module, the CW20, from its US based partner Navsync.
Pageone Connect Is Shortlisted For The Business Continuity Awards ‘Most Innovative Product Of The Year’
PageOne has confirmed that PageOne Connect has been selected as a finalist for the ‘Most Innovative Product of the Year’ category in this year’s Business Continuity Awards.
The Business Continuity Expo and Conference held in March, finished on a resounding high, according to the organizers, with both visitors and exhibitors vowing to return again next year, due to the volume of business that was done over the two day period. Around 2,500 top level executives and business continuity specialists visited the event from every business sector from local government to the forces, pharmaceutical to finance, telecoms to aerospace.
Following the announcement last month that EADS had been awarded preferrred bidder status for the FiReControl project, earlier this week (4 April) the contract was signed.
Codenomicon Ltd., a provider of state-of-the-art security and robustness solutions, has launched DEFENSICS Filesystems & Storage solution for securing the networked storage systems.
In continuing with our series of ‘Did You Know...’ articles from last year, we revisit the theme with a new selection of articles, prepared by Murray Barker, project manager, Nice Systems, covering a variety of aspects of recording solutions. This month we begin with the thought that specifying user needs alongside technical requirements delivers a better audio recording system.
Head camera pilot in progress
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is currently participating in a six-month pilot during which they will be assessing the latest technology available to the police service, the ‘Head Camera’. The pilot is due to be completed as we go to press (end of March 2007) and will incorporate a comprehensive trial and evaluation. The aim of the pilot is to evaluate the technology, assess how it can be used in wider policing areas and establish the evidential impact.
Iconic Group introduces OpenHand a very real competitor to both Blackberry and Microsoft. OpenHand provides the ability to check, create and modify business email, calendar, contact and public folders and files from a mobile phone.
BAPCO 2007 will see the public launch of the latest version of the DS2000 Integrated Communication Control System. This new version includes significant user interface and system management enhancements which have been designed in collaboration with the DS2000 customer base. During the event, SunGard will also be demonstrating a Contact Centre based telephone call queuing solution which is now available as an upgrade package for any DS2000 system to enhance call taking and public caller perception for non-emergency call handling scenarios.
Secude has launched secure notebook 8.0 - the next generation of its popular notebook encryption solution.
In any kind of mission scenario, a jam-resistant, tap-proof radio link is as important as lightweight equipment. Rohde & Schwarz has therefore expanded its R&S M3TR family of tactical radios by adding a small and light handheld radio. Despite its compact size, the R&S MR3000P has all the features required of a tactical radio by offering reliable connections, even in topographically difficult terrain, and by allowing flexible integration into tactical networks. The R&S MR3000P covers a frequency range from 25 MHz to 144 MHz.
The mobile desktop
Continuing with our series of features on mobile data, this month we take a closer look at the impact that the technology is having on the control room environment, drawing on the expertise of a number of suppliers currently providing applications to the public safety sector across the UK...
ntl:Telewest Business, part of the Virgin Media Group, marked the first anniversary of its merger with the unveiling of its integrated network.
The network has been launched as part of the cable firm's 'Bigger Than You Think' campaign, which demonstrates the increased scale, scope and capability of the network since the merger of ntl and Telewest in March 2006. The BAPCO Journal discusses what this actually means for the emergency services and public safety sector across the UK with David Astley, Head of Health and Emergency Services, ntl:Telewest…
The ever increasing levels of IT equipment being used in vehicles, be they police, fire, ambulance or indeed belonging to any CCA responder, it is perhaps even more important to ensure that the systems don’t conflict with one another, hence the purpose of the Automotive & Equipment Section (AES) of the NPIA. Explaining just how important a role the AES plays, Jim Mathieson, Head of AES speaks to The BAPCO Journal...
Momentum is certainly building as the doors to BAPCO 2007 are only a few days away from opening, and what an event this year promises to be.
With just two weeks to go before the Irish peace talks were due to take place at the Fairmont Hotel in St. Andrews, Gordon Hunter, Airwave Systems Manager with Fife Constabulary, phoned Tony Stamper, his O2 Airwave Account Manager.
The purpose of the call was to secure better Airwave service coverage within the hotel during the four days of the talks, which were to be attended by the British and Irish Prime Ministers and senior political figures from both sides of the sectarian divide…
BAPCO is a dynamic organisation promoting, for all public safety/civil protection services, the development and use of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions for the benefit and safety of the public and users.
BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC-SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS
So it’s EADS! The long awaited decision on who will provide the critical infrastructure for the DCLG FiReControl project has now been announced. I congratulate them for their success and wish them all the best throughout the life of the project. This is a major announcement within a programme that is seen by many as pivotal to defining the shape and feel of the entire UK emergency services. The adoption of regional control centres will bring about significant changes in the modus operandi of the English Fire Service and it surely will not be long before others follow suit. I look forward to following the progress of this project and its impact on our emergency services over the next few years.
My year as BAPCO President is drawing to a close. It has been a tremendous privilege to represent BAPCO not only in the UK but across the world. I have attended Conferences and Exhibitions in the USA, Canada and Australia meeting colleagues of those countries working in all three emergency services. In common with the UK these men and women are committed to giving the best possible service and their dedication is always apparent. Some of the experiences are harrowing and perhaps Katrina expresses how special and vocational Emergency Service Personnel are in extreme and dangerous situations. On the last afternoon of our Conference you will hear Capt Stephen Gordon of the 911 centre for the New Orleans Police Department describe survival in the days following Katrina involving not only the public but Emergency Service Personnel trying to restore normality. I urge you to attend this and all the presentations.
Essential Viewing provides ‘brains’ behind innovative public safety project
Glasgow company Essential Viewing are providing the technology behind an innovative community safety scheme which will distribute video from nearly 400 CCTV cameras in the city to hand held devices.
An emerging generation of technology has the power to deliver the higher standards and levels of collaboration that public safety and security now demand, Alastair Ritchie of Intergraph, explains to The BAPCO Journal...
A group of mobile radio manufacturers, including Kenwood Corporation, Fylde Micro, CTE International, CML Microcircuits and Icom Incorporated are pleased to announce the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding group to support and promote dPMR narrowband FDMA technology.
Sepura TETRA technology provided successful radio communications during the high speed rail world record achieved by the French TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) on 3rd April 2007.
Huge proportion of Britons don't know what constitutes an emergency
Half of Britons do not know local non-emergency number
An estimated 80 per cent of 999 calls are regarded by police as non-emergencies
Activa Solutions is to provide Gloucestershire Constabulary with an intelligent solution to support them in capturing information within their Force Control Room.
Southern Water is now set to use OS MasterMap data following a company-wide upgrade of its location data and geographical information system (GIS).
UK emergency service communications provider to supply consultancy service to Siemens in Norway
At the end of April the public safety community will be converging in London to visit the annual BAPCO conference and exhibition. Highlighting why all civil contingency responders should make the effort to attend, we complete our series of features on the event with an exclusive preview of what the exhibition will have on offer...