Speaking in a BBC Radio 4 interview, the head of the police watchdog has warned that police cuts in England and Wales are “here to stay”. Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Windsor said forces had “already made, and done it well in the main, cuts of 20% in the last four years” but warned that forces were facing another 5% budget restriction in the next year. Sir Thomas went on to suggest that in some cases there are “further efficiencies to be gained” with more savings likely, however he argued that police forces will “need to work smarter because they will be smaller”.
Across 2015 the ‘Innovative Emergency Services Series’ will travel across UK cities to help showcase emergency services innovation and partnerships which are helping Blue Light Services “work smarter”. The series brings together technology suppliers with key stakeholders responsible for the efficient delivery of UK Emergency Services. The agenda is built is by contributors from across police, fire and ambulance services as well as local government and technology suppliers, with the aim of overcoming the common barriers to mainstream adoption of solutions. The discussion led forums help to create new partnerships and introduce new technology which can help emergency services personnel undertake their crucial job more efficiently and safely.
The next forum will take place in London on February 24th. The ‘On-Site’ Forum will focus on regional examples of best practise and innovation which are helping southern based emergency service providers and technology suppliers to overcome financial restraints and barriers to new technology. Luana Avagliano, head of ResilienceDirect at the Cabinet Office is partnering the forum with contributions from O2, Capita, Ricoh UK, The Met Police and London Air Ambulance.
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The Innovative Emergency Services Series enjoyed a fantastic start last week as eSE hosted the opening national forum in Liverpool with our partners at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. The forum bought together one hundred senior level delegates from across the UK ‘Blue Light’ Services and technology suppliers who strive to help the services improve efficiency, service delivery and cost-effectiveness. The agenda, which was built by contributions from participating organisations and our series ‘Agenda Advisory Board’, explored barriers to new technology, future Command and Control Centres, resilient mobile solutions for front line staff and interoperability across services.
Three fully interactive panel sessions encouraged a day of lively discussion around central issues inhibiting UK Emergency Services. Luana Avagliano, Head of ResilienceDirect for the Cabinet Office and Kieran Timmins, Deputy Chief Executive for Merseyside Fire and Rescue, delivered opening remarks to delegates from West Midlands Fire and Rescue, Greater Manchester Police and The Met Police. Innovators joining the forum included O2, SAAB, Dicom Spigraph, Aligned Assets, CDS, Intergraph and Trilogy Communications.
Solutions showcased at the forum included the 999eye app from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service and the GOODSAM app from London Air Ambulance, both harness the capabilities of smartphones to provide more information to first responders. Delegates discussed the reliance on smartphones for new solutions, resilience models, ESN developments and how social media can be used to respond to incidents. A full summary of the forum will be produced by our partners from AIMTech and distributed to participants. Learn more about the Adaption Information Management and Technology research centre at: http://lubswww.leeds.ac.uk/aimtech/about-aimtech/
eSE would like to thank our partners at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Ricoh UK and AIMTech as well as all of the private sector and emergency services delegates that attended and contributed so enthusiastically.
Registration for the Innovative Emergency Services Series across 2015 is open! Our regional on-site forums take place in London in February, Birmingham in April, and Newcastle in June. The next national forum will take place in Bristol on 29th September. To register for any of the forums or the series visit http://www.ukiesf.com or use the contact form below to get in contact with the eSE team.
UK Emergency Services rely on safe, secure and efficient communications networks to efficiently work together across boundaries and agencies to provide a lifesaving service, forming a critical part of our national infrastructure. Our latest welcome post introduces a major network operator providing mission critical network services for UK ‘Blue Light Services’. O2 will be participating within our Liverpool and Bristol national forums as well as showcasing regional partnerships at our on-site forums in London (Feb), Birmingham (Apr) and Newcastle (Jun).
O2 already offers mission-critical facilities to a range of users across both the private and public sector, and is moving to capitalise on the move towards more cellular and Wi-Fi based solutions for their communications. O2 will be on hand to help Police, Ambulance and Fire Services to realise the benefits of smarter and cost effective service communications by utilising new technologies such as 4G. The network provider is a growing Public Sector business and is developing a strong presence in this huge market. O2 is now a PNS accredited service provider and is working with central and local government to provide innovative, secure and cost-effective solutions.
Steve Norris, Managing Partner for Public, Criminal Justice and Emergency Services for Telefonica will be a panellist during our Liverpool forum. Steve commented “I am very pleased to be participating within the UK Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum on behalf of O2. We have a dedicated team, which has been working with police, criminal justice and blue light services for over a decade. We ensure our mobile and network technologies deliver cost effective and efficient solutions for multi-agency interoperability. We look forward to helping end users overcome issues they have faced implementing new communications solutions”.
We look forward to welcoming Steve Norris and the O2 delegation to our UK Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Series. To find out more about O2 and their work with UK ‘Blue Light Services’ visit: http://www.o2.co.uk/enterprise/sectors/public-sector/criminal-justice-and-emergency-services
Registration for the UK Technology Enhanced Services Forum has now closed. If you would like to join O2 at our on-site forums in London, Birmingham, Newcastle, or the UK Forum in Bristol next September, visit www.ese-emergencyservices.com/register or use the contact form below to get in touch.
eSE is looking forward to welcoming a range of innovations which are already making a big difference to the way that emergency services operate and work together in the UK. Solutions being showcased in our unique ‘Solution Centre’ include mobile office solutions for specialist vehicles, prototype applications for frontline mobile devices and multi-agency incident management platforms which ease the sharing of resources and information regardless of location and across different services.
One of the solutions which will feature at next week’s forum is the ‘Quantify Recording Suite’ by Red Box Recorders. Red Box has brought together a range of experience and expertise from close relationships with police, fire and coastguard services to produce a flexible and reliable voice and data recording solution which meets the needs of first responders and control room users. Quantify captures telephone, radio and mobile voice and data communications for fact verification, incident reconstruction and quality monitoring. The Quantify suite is fully integrated with command and control platforms from major vendors and puts resilience at the heart of its specification.
Red Box Recorders have put together a short video which highlights how the platform operates and the many benefits it provides to UK ‘Blue Light’ Services.
To find out more about Red Box and Quantify Recording Suite please visit: www.redboxrecorders.com/solutions/sectors/public-safety/ or download it’s solution overview brochure for Public Safety.
Our latest welcome post for the UK Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum welcomes leading solutions provider DICOM Spigraph Group, which sets out to eliminate lengthy administration processes to free up their workforce and increase efficiency. Improving management of administrative processes allows organisations to focus on core business and service delivery, this is a challenge facing UK ‘Blue Light Service’ providers, as budget restrictions impose new restraints on frontline staff and the time they spend on administrative tasks.
As part of the Spigraph Group, DICOM is a leading provider of intelligent scanning, capture and document process solutions across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Through 20 years of industry experience and by working with a wide-reaching reseller network, DICOM ensures that customers have access to high performance technology and capture expertise. DICOM solutions boast document scanners from leading manufacturers, best-of-breed capture software and comprehensive services to automate document-driven business processes, solutions are deployed to streamline processes including mailroom, invoice processing, and compliant scan-to-archive and advanced capturing. DICOM Spigraph Solutions are used across a wide range of industries such as finance, logistics, healthcare and the public sector.
DICOM will participate at the Liverpool forum, along with its partners from Fujitsu, to showcase innovative solutions to improve UK Emergency Services efficiency through the reduction of administrative processes. Fujitsu is an established leader in the capture market and can provide state-of-the-art scanning hardware that delivers speed, image quality and unsurpassed paper handling, their all-encompassing range means that you can address your scanning requirements whether it be scanning whilst on the road, at individual desktops or production level archiving. DICOM solutions and Fujitsu hardware allow frontline police, fire and ambulance personnel to spend more time continually delivering a crucial and effective public service.
We look forward to welcoming delegates from both DICOM Spigraph Group and Fujistu to the Royal Liver Building later this month. To find out more about DICOM, its network of resellers and portfolio of innovative solutions visit: http://www.spigraph.co.uk/The-Group
Registration for the UK Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum has now closed for private sector delegations. We have a very limited number of public sector passes still available. Don’t miss your chance to be involved! Visit www.ese-emergencyservices.com/register
The UK Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum (#UKTEES) has been established as a platform for helping emergency services end users get more out of their current resources. All of the private sector solution providers attending our forum series have been identified by UK ‘Blue Light Services’ end users, and our latest participant is no exception. A key area identified within the contributed agenda points include software requirements such as document management, data analytics and data security. Our newest innovator has produced such solutions throughout the UK across Central and Local Government, NHS Healthcare, Emergency Services, Finance and independent commercial organisations.
Ecommnet is an independent consultant offering both specialist IT Security expertise and bespoke web/app development services supporting public and private sector organisations. The software development team at Ecommnet have built web and mobile applications which provide effective solutions for increasing efficiency, reducing costs, enhancing communication and information sharing and improving service delivery. Ecommnet solutions help emergency service end users securely realise the benefits of web and mobile innovations by supporting remote working, two factor authentication and containerised email/applications on mobile devices.
At the Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum Ecommnet will showcase prototype applications for frontline staff, this will include a configurable survey/questionnaire/ data gathering applications for mobile devices. Ecommnet understands the emphasis on mobile solutions to improve efficiency by consolidating services and software into a user friendly and seamless platform accessible regardless of location, whilst ensuring that security and service delivery remain a top priority.
eSE looks forward to welcoming the delegation from Ecommnet to the Liverpool forum later this month. To find out more about Ecommnet and their experience in IT Security and mobile software solutions visit: http://www.ecommnet.uk
Last minute registration for the UK Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum will close on Friday 14th November! If you work with UK ‘Blue Light Services’ and are particularly involved with the implementation of new technology projects, don’t miss your chance to be involved! Use our contact form below to get in contact with the eSE team. Many thanks!
Our latest welcome post for the Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum introduces an innovator in ICT solutions helping public sector organisations and UK emergency services to work more effectively. Solution provider SCC has developed trusted and award-winning products designed to integrate and manage ICT infrastructures. Across Europe, SCC has been trusted to plan, supply and manage IT systems for leading businesses for 40 years.
As the largest independent solutions provider in Europe, SCC has built a strong reputation for effectively managing sensitive platforms and critical national infrastructure. In the UK SCC is a trusted partner for essential public sector services including Government, national security and emergency services, helping to support the British Economy and ensure essential services run effectively. SCC works closely with Humberside, Norfolk and Lancashire Fire and Rescue and this experience will bring practical IT solutions to help combat issues in data sharing, cloud storage and workflow to our forum agenda.
Utilising award-winning UK data centres SCC helps keep mission critical and sensitive data secure to OFFICIAL (CESG IL2 and IL3) security standards and their cloud solution, Sentinel, is the most established and cost-effective solution to be Pan-Government accredited. SCC continues to evolve its services through organic investment, acquisitive growth and working closely with a wide range of customers’ to establish their needs and requirements.
eSE looks forward to welcoming the delegation from SCC to our Liverpool forum. Effective ICT is crucial to secure data management, efficiency and co-ordinated responses and SCC will bring practical solutions to the agenda. To find out more about SCC visit: http://www.scc.com/it-services/
The final delegate passes for the UK Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum will be allocated within the next week. Don’t miss your chance to participate by using our contact form below or visiting www.ese-emergencyservices.com/register