Northgate Public Services Buys APD Communications
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 | Comments

Northgate Public Services (NPS) acquired APD Communications, a company that provides software for the Emergency Services Network (ESN), the U.K. public-safety broadband network under development.

APD’s cloud-ready control room platforms and software as a service (SaaS) solutions are complementary to what NPS offers in its existing public-safety portfolio and places NPS strategically for new product development in the safety sector.

“If data can flow freely from an emergency call in the control room instantly into the hands of a police officer on the street, then response times can be improved dramatically,” said Ian Blackhurst, NPS executive director of safety and health. “If that data is then combined with known historical information about the caller or the address, officers will have the potential to determine the threat, risk and harm of each incident and respond exactly as needed, improving the safety of citizens.”

APD has supplied software to the emergency services, public safety and control room market for more than 30 years. Two-thirds of U.K. police forces use the technology, as well as major transportation hubs and airports, including Gatwick and Dubai international airports and the London Underground. NPS officials said the acquisition of APD is consistent with increasing the NPS footprint with a focus on control rooms and public interaction.

“Joining the NPS team enables us to accelerate our strategic plan and achieve our ambitions,” said Mike Isherwood, managing director of APD. “The synergy between our products and customers is really exciting. Together, we will be stronger and have the resources and capability to provide innovative solutions that keep our customers at the forefront of digital public-safety delivery.”

APD will continue to operate under its current name, and its management team and operational staff will remain in place. APD will remain based in Hull, East Yorkshire, and operate as a business unit within NPS’ Safety Division. Japanese firm NEC owns NPS.

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