APD Wins LTE Integration Contract for U.K. ESN Public-Safety Network
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Control room technology provider APD Communications won a Home Office contract for the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN). APD secured the contract to develop critical software to enable blue light organizations and other public services to integrate with ESN.

APD said it is the first supplier to be contracted to work with the Home Office to deliver integration to the Long Term Evolution (LTE) ESN network. The contract is to create an integration solution to connect emergency services to ESN, with the old and new systems working in tandem. The technology will pave the way to individual services and agencies undergoing a managed migration to the new broadband communications network, a statement said.

“The Home Office has placed its trust in us, on behalf of all the organizations it represents, to produce the control room technology required to connect with ESN,” said APD Managing Director Mike Isherwood. “Subsequently it will be down to each individual service to make the transition, supported by our software solution.”

APD is the only software provider to be officially certified to support ESN, with the company’s Cortex software accredited by the Network Approval Testing Service (NATS) in 2018.

The Home Office contract runs to January 2021 and requires APD to produce control room technology, which will be trialed by lead force Thames Valley Police. A subsequent nationwide rollout is expected to take place in 2021 and 2022.

“The primary objective is to continue to protect the public during this migration, ensuring a business-as-usual transition,” Isherwood said. “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, that will help public services to be more efficient, more effective and share information more easily.”

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