Telent, a provider of technology services, today announced it has been selected to provide the London Metropolitan Police with cutting-edge technology that will enhance the safety of the Service’s 31,000 officers. The deployment of the technology – an Automated Personal Location System (APLS) – is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The APLS will enable operators in the Service’s operations centres to identify the location of each police officer.
“Safety is a primary concern for all police forces,” said Nigel Lee, Supra Workstream Manager at the Metropolitan Police Service. “The area served by our force covers 620 square miles; knowing the location of our officers means that not only can we provision resource more effectively, but, should an officer need assistance, we can get to them even more quickly.”
Telent is to act as the primary contractor for the APLS and will design the system, install it and roll it out across the Metropolitan Police Service by July 2008. telent will work with Frequentis, a specialist in communication and information systems for safety-critical areas, to deliver the contract. Together the two companies have worked with the Metropolitan Police Service since June 2005, during which time they have delivered an Integrated Communications Control Service (ICCS) for the Metropolitan Police Service and currently provide a maintenance contract which runs until 2014.
“Telent has proved its ability to provide mission critical communications networks for the emergency services across the UK,” said Dave King, General Manager of Emergency Services at telent. “Communications are vital to many organisations, but people’s lives depend on the networks operated by police, fire and ambulance services and we are proud to be able to deliver the level of quality, reliability and flexibility that they need.”
Approved by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) to provide telecommunications solutions, telent works with emergency services across the UK.