Red alert for UK's ESMCP project

By Jonathan Nally
Monday, 30 July, 2018
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Red alert for UK's ESMCP project

A report (PDF) from the UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority has given the Home Office’s Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) a ‘red’ confidence rating.

A red rating means that “Successful delivery of the project appears to be unachievable. There are major issues with project definition, schedule, budget, quality and/or benefits delivery, which at this stage do not appear to be manageable or resolvable. The project may need re-scoping and/or its overall viability reassessed.”

The ESMCP aims to replace the LMR communications services used by emergency services and other public safety users with a broadband Emergency Services Network (ESN) based on commercial carrier capabilities.

The Home Office is expected to publish an amended timeline and budget for the ESN by the end of this month.

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