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Growing numbers of emergency services throughout the UK now have incident command units containing enough high tech communications, imagery, display and computing technology to manage a small army. The benefits of these new technologies are not disputed: the question now is how best to train and manage staff to get maximum benefit from next generation ICUs and their powerful technologies. Stephen Prendergast reports.
How do you make operational information, relevant mapping and data regarding an incident, both large one-offs and small day-to-day ones, available to all agencies involved – and that includes utility companies, highways agencies, police, fire, ambulance, local resilience forums – without breaking the bank? Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain talks to Gaist.
Charles Clark, Board Member at the Youth Justice Board and former Deputy Chief Constable, Essex Police, explains how the Police Electronic Notifications to YOTs (PENY) scheme supports a reduction in youth reoffending.
Following a streamlining process and a successful trial PageOne helped The British Red Cross reduce emergency response times through the use of its “flare” system.
Jamie Wilson, Marketing Manager of Public Safety, EMEA, at NICE Systems, believes that efficiency and productivity gains can be realised by looking at existing investments in processes, infrastructure and associated technology – if leveraged to their full potential.
Two things were striking about the Policing Pledge public awareness campaign of Christmas 2009: first, although the Pledge seems to have been with us for some time, it was only launched as recently as summer 2008; second, ait impresses as an initiative that really intends to succeed, writes Paul Kennedy, Senior Manager, Analysys Mason.
Police officers across the country will soon be able to check an individual's identity at the roadside within two minutes, following the introduction of a new mobile fingerprinting device later this year.
Microbus in-vehicle computers are part of a new roadside monitoring initiative by Greater Manchester Police to reduce road traffic accidents.
At the end of 2009 a distinguished group of BAPCO members and end users gathered round a table in RUSI's headquarters in Whitehall to discuss the possibility of the creation of a new strategic group of advisors for the BAPCO Association. The event, sponsored by Airwave, allowed for free discussion which revealed some of the strategic communications issues and thoughts that the UK's civil protection responders are – and will be – facing in the future. Below is a snapshot of some of the discussions that took place.
Shared services via a single, high-speed secure network for all three blue lights would deliver greater efficiency and cost savings, writes David Astley, head of health and emergency services, Virgin Media Business.
Satellite broadband enables more effective sharing of information to enhance operational outcomes, writes David Savage, Founder & CEO, Excelerate Technology.
Since going live on the Airwave network Devon & Cornwall’s officers realised that the network had much more to offer and were keen for the force to get as much as possible from it. The result was the Airwave Academy pilot for improved radio usage.
The convergence of voice and data in the emergency services means it is vital to be able to robustly run mission-critical data applications on mobile data. While the benefits are unquestionable when signal is aplenty, how do you know what your kit will do in adverse conditions? Enter the network emulator.
Special profile of the Isle of Man's unique Emergency Services Joint Control Room.
Body-worn camera technology and related applications are now beginning to creep into the fire service. Jose Sanchez talks with Mark Calkin of 802 Global.
A lightning strike or sudden power surge could easily knock out the entire command and control structure of a station – and if you believe your organisation is protected already, it might be time for a rethink. Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain talks to expert Mario Vesuvio.
The use of web-based data sharing technology has helped the Croydon Business Crime Reduction Partnership reduce shoplifting by 26%.
Crucial to the delivery of any new project is getting all parties on board. In the case of a police force, that means not just the Chief Constable and the IT Director but, most importantly, the end user – police officers at all levels. Special report from West Midlands.