APD to provide software integration to UK mission critical broadband network


APD Communications has been awarded the contract to develop software for organisations wishing to integrate with the Emergency Services Network in the UK.

According to the company, it will create an “integration solution to connect emergency services to ESN, with the old [Airwave] and new [broadband-based] systems working in tandem.” This will “pave the way to individual services and agencies undergoing a managed migration to the new advanced communications network.”

Speaking of the contract, APD managing director Mike Isherwood said: “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.

“It’s a significant badge of honour and will allow us to ensure all our customers are at the forefront of technology and operational efficiency, enabling them to employ the most modern methods for interacting with, serving and protecting the public.”

He continued: “After 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.”

The software will be trialled by lead UK police force Thames Valley, with nationwide rollout expected across 2021 and 2022. The contract runs until January 2021.

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