UK police embrace Saab technology
Saab has been chosen to deliver another UK control room and mobile data solution for the West Mercia and Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioners to be mission-ready in 2017. The six year contract is based on the framework created by the Cheshire Constabulary in December 2015. Cheshire was the first UK force to adopt SAFE, making it the leading unified solution for public safety control rooms.
The SAFE platform replaces multiple legacy systems with one single easy-to-use solution. With its multi-role capability and intuitive workflow-driven user interface, SAFE will be employed extensively across both forces for multi-channel public contact (999 and 101 calls, email and webchat), incident management, radio communications and resource assignments.
“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.
Now the Warwickshire and West Mercia forces can easily transition from Airwave (TETRA) to the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) taking advantage of the increased bandwidth with SAFE’s mobile app.
SAFE combines all the modern mission-critical control room functions in one single software application—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 for fixed, web and mobile clients.
The remaining UK Police forces 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) will no doubt be looking on with interest.