BT wins The Met’s £100m networks tower
Networking and IT contract covers high speed fixed and wireless networks as well as cloud and IT services under the Met’s Technology Transformation Programme
The Metropolitan Police has awarded BT a £100m contract to deliver high-speed fixed and wireless networks, plus cloud and IT services, to help underpin its technology transformation programme.
The contract, for what could be dubbed the Met’s ‘networks tower’ is a new one, though BT is a long term provider of networking for the force.
BT said its networks and IT expertise would help the Met boost its effectiveness when fighting crime across the capital, by enabling frontline police officers to work more quickly and efficiently. This will help support faster responses to emergency 999 calls and enable the speedier deployment of officers to prevent and tackle crime on London’s streets and in its communities.
Under the contract, BT plans to build a new high-speed wide area network (WAN) connecting around 500 of the force’s sites across the capital, as well as upgrading local area networks (LANs). BT will also support what is described as “the world’s largest rollout of body worn video cameras” by deploying extra capacity to support the upload of data from the 22,000 devices. BT will also implement a corporate Wi-Fi solution across the Metropolitan Police estate, supporting the mobilisation of front line officers and over 20,000 civilian staff in more than 170 offices.
As part of the contract, the Met wants BT to overhaul some of its back-office IT systems, including its WorkForce Management system, which it relies upon for staff scheduling and rostering.
BT has plans to deploy cloud-based systems allowing the force to scale up and down its consumption of services depending on its changing requirements. This includes the management of a secure cloud-based voice system to support around 20,000 IP enabled phones across all 500 sites.
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