The Metropolitan Police has signed a £100m networking and IT contract deal with telecoms giant BT, as part of its ongoing technology transformation programme.
BT will provide the Met with fixed and wireless networks, as well as a range of cloud and IT services. A new ‘high-speed' wide area network connecting around 500 of the Force's sites across London will be built by BT, and other local area networks will be upgraded as part of the deal.
The telecoms giant will also deploy what it said was ‘extra capacity' to support the upload of data from the 22,000 body-worn video cameras at the force, so that data can be more quickly and reliably uploaded from the devices.
BT will be implementing Wi-Fi across the Met's entire estate, and will be helping the Force to transform the way that 999 emergency and 101 non-emergency calls are routed and answered in the Met Police's call centres.
Some of the Force's backoffice IT systems will also be overhauled, including its WorkForce Management system, which it relies upon for staff scheduling and rostering.
Finally, BT will also be deploying cloud-based technology, including the management of a cloud-based voice system that supports around 20,000 IP enabled phones across all 500 sites.
"We've built a long-standing relationship with the Metropolitan Police and are working with them to help them find better, smarter and more productive ways of working," said Colm O'Neill, managing director of BT business and public sector.
O'Neill claimed that BT's systems will help the Force to respond to crimes across London while reducing IT and infrastructure costs.
However, questions will be asked of the Met Police as to why they've spent a huge amount on yet another IT contract.
The current contract follows a £250m deal with CSC to provide hosting and end user services, a £216m deal with Shared Services Connected Limited (SSCL) to outsource three of the Met's back-office departments, and a reported £80m deal with Accenture for application management.
This goes against the government's desire to restrict the number of multi-million pound, long-term outsourcing deals with huge IT suppliers.
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