Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract on the 20th of July in the UK with the Police and Crime Commissioners for West Mercia and Warwickshire to provide a unified control room and mobile data solution for mission-critical operations across both police force areas. The placement of this 6 year contract forms part of the previous framework contract created by Cheshire Constabulary in December 2015. Delivery will take place in the period of 2016-2017.
This contract further enhances the wider adoption of SAFE as the leading unified solution for Public Safety control rooms.
Saab’s SAFE platform will replace multiple legacy systems across the two forces with a single cost effective solution. With its multi-role capability and intuitive workflow-driven user interface, SAFE will be employed extensively throughout both forces and be used for multi-channel public contact (including 999 and 101 calls, email and webchat), incident management, radio communications and resource deployment.
“This contract also puts SAFE’s mobile client in the hands of police officers thereby extending the capabilities of SAFE in the control room out to the field. With the contract, Saab is further enhancing its Public Safety solutions globally and also extends its footprint in the important UK market.” says Simon Read, Director of Public Safety in the UK within Saab business area Support and Services.
“SAFE empowers users to make more informed decisions, faster. It increases resolution at first contact, improves customer satisfaction and enables officers to operate more efficiently,” says Jessica Öberg, head of business unit Networks & Public Safety within Saab business area Support and Services.
By using SAFE, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police will be ideally positioned to transition from Airwave to the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) and with the SAFE Mobile app, start taking advantage of the increased bandwidth ESN brings.
SAFE combines all the functions required of a modern mission-critical control room into a single software application; including multi-channel communications, contact management, command and control, radio dispatch, mapping and resource management. SAFE is a modular platform with a unified, intuitive and workflow-based user interface, which is highly configurable and can be deployed on fixed, web and mobile clients.
List of other UK Police forces named in the framework contract: Cumbria Constabulary, Derbyshire Constabulary, Dyfed Powys Police, Greater Manchester Police, Gwent Police, Hampshire Constabulary, Lancashire Police, Merseyside Police, Metropolitan Police, Northamptonshire Police, North Wales Police, Nottinghamshire Police, Police Scotland, Thames Valley Police.