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BT network will support Met Police rollout of body-worn cameras

Thursday, April 13th 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

BT will support the world’s largest deployment of police body-worn cameras with the delivery of a new high-speed network for the Met Police.

The provider has won a £100m contract to build fixed and wireless networks across the force as well as a range of cloud and IT services.

The technologies will help support faster responses to 999 calls and enable the faster deployment of officers.

A new wide area network will connect around 500 of the Met’s sites across London and BT will use extra capacity to support the upload of data from 22,000 cameras worn by officers.

A corporate wi-fi network across the Met Police estate will serve front line officers and more than 20,000 civilian staff in more than 170 offices.

BT said it will transform the way 999 and non-emergency 101 calls are routed and answered in Met Police call centres to make call handling more efficient.

It will also overhaul some of the forces back-office IT systems, used for staff scheduling and rostering, and manage a cloud-based voice system capable of securely transmitting voice and data.

Colm O’Neill, managing director of BT Business and Public Sector, said: “We’ve built a longstanding relationship with the Metropolitan Police and are working with them to help them find better, smarter and more productive ways of working.

“Our systems will greatly enhance the way the force organises itself and responds to crimes across the capital, while reducing its IT and infrastructure costs.

“Moving to a cloud-based infrastructure, for example, will allow the Met to get even more services for less money, helping it to invest in future policing priorities.”

Speaking as the Met launched its rollout of body-worn cameras in October 2016, London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Body Worn Video is a huge step forward in bringing our capital’s police force into the 21st century and encouraging trust and confidence in community policing.

“This technology is already helping drive down complaints against officers and making them more accountable, as well as helping to gather better evidence for swifter justice.

“As we roll them out across London, these cameras will make a real difference to officers, as they continue their great work on the frontline fighting crime and keeping our city safe.”

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