The Police ICT Company selects Sepura
This follows a rigorous and open procurement process and will enable UK police forces, and other public safety users on the Airwave network, to procure market-leading communications equipment through a standard framework.
The process, requested by the Home Office Emergency Services Mobile Communications Program (ESMCP) and delivered by The Police ICT Company, was announced in August and concluded in November. The resultant framework will allow for a nationally coordinated approach which benefits Airwave user organisations through greater efficiencies in procurement and relationship management. The agreement will also help drive the future roadmap for ESMCP and ensure that users can continue to benefit from trusted and proven TETRA devices today and throughout the transition to the Emergency Services Network (ESN).
Sepura — a supplier of TETRA devices to UK police forces and other public safety users since the technology’s introduction — will use the framework to deliver its TETRA terminals, accessories and software solutions. The timing of this program is important as UK users look to maintain their fleets with proven, reliable end-user devices for critical voice applications. Sepura will continue to offer UK police forces, and other Airwave users, market-leading TETRA solutions which offer flexibility by dynamically deploying custom data applications, supporting end users by providing access to mission-critical data.
“Sepura recognises that TETRA is the leading truly open standard for mission-critical communications. Sepura’s innovative new generation of TETRA terminals is helping the technology platform evolve; we are focused on delivering market-leading devices and compelling applications which provide police forces and other Airwave users with solutions that support their day-to-day duties and enhance operations,” said Sepura’s UK Sales Director, Gary Maughan.
“We acknowledge significant value in The Police ICT Company’s successful establishment of a procurement framework for users to refresh their Airwave radios. This will enable customers to deploy innovative solutions today whilst also helping forces prepare for ESN in the future.”
“We are delighted to be working with Sepura on a framework that signals excellent news for the police service and its public sector partners, who will also have access to it,” said The Police ICT Company’s CEO, Ian Bell.
“In addition to the clear and immediate benefits of significant efficiencies and discounts to forces, the fact that the company will manage the contract on their behalf will help streamline governance, reduce collective contract management burden and drive commonality.”
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