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Met Police plan £200m IT upgrade with Cloud and mobile device rollout

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The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has unveiled the ‘Total Technology Strategy 2014-17’, which elucidates its plans to commit to a £200m overhaul of its existing IT infrastructure, over the next three to four years.

The Met Police commented on a recent audit of their IT infrastructure,

“Analysis shows that over 80 per cent of our investment in technology supports existing legacy systems, whilst less than 20 per cent is invested in new, modern and agile solutions”.

The “unprecedented transformation” of the use of technology aims to increase the effectiveness of policing, and save the organisation up to 30% on its current IT spend. This comes as the MPS needs to save £500m, 20% of its current budget, with the technology saving expected to be £60m.

The Total Technology Strategy will result in the Met Police replacing its hoard of legacy systems with Cloud services, allowing the organisation to standardise and collate various databases and IT services, and increase the ability to share information, as well as providing a practical data storage system to future analytical purposes.

Coupled with the Cloud technology 15,000 police officers, working the ‘front-line’, will be provided with a tablet, aiming to keep them informed and connected.

Richard Thwaite, Chief Information Officer at the MPS said that,

“Such wholesale changes in the way we use technology are extremely challenging but they present fantastic opportunities both to deliver more and save money. Our new agile ways of working will allow for shorter delivery lead times, whilst more flexible contracts with a tougher governance approach will ensure the technology we buy is “roadworthy” and stays fit for purpose in the years ahead”.

In a bid to save money on complaints the Met Police will also be launching a pilot of body-worn video kits. 1,000 will be rolled out across Hammersmith and Fulham this spring, with a force-wide roll out planned for autumn.

Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said that,

“By taking tough decisions on the budget and the Met Police estate, we are freeing up savings to reinvest in frontline policing and technology, so we can get more officers out on the beat and keep them mobile […] The public expect the police to have accurate information on-the-go, and cops deserve the best kit to help them cut crime and serve the public. This strategy heralds a once-in-a-generation opportunity to modernise the Met and ensure it is fully equipped for the demands of twenty-first century policing”.

Source: Business Cloud News

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