APD Communications wins ESN contract
APD Communications has been awarded a contract to develop software to enable ‘blue light organisations’ and other public services to integrate with the UK’s Emergency Services Network (ESN).
According to APD, it is the first supplier to be contracted to work with the UK Home Office to deliver integration to ESN.
The contract will begin in January 2021 and requires APD to produce control room technology, which will be trialled by lead force Thames Valley Police. A nationwide rollout is expected to take place in 2021 and 2022.
“We are delighted the Home Office has placed this significant contract with us, which reaffirms our position as the control room market leader and as a global control room leader in LTE solutions,” said APD Managing Director Mike Isherwood.
“The Home Office has placed its trust in us, on behalf of all the organisations it represents, to produce the control room technology required to connect with ESN. Subsequently it will be down to each individual service to make the transition, supported by our software solution.”
According to Isherwood, following successful migration, “the focus will shift to improving and enhancing services to the public through the use of this next-generation technology to deploy a new wave of applications, such as enhanced location services and live video steaming, that will help public services to be more efficient, more effective and share information more easily”.
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