8 November 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Critical environment specialist Keysource has won a two-year contract extension to provide specialist data, technology and IT estate management services to the Metropolitan Police Service (Met).
The appointment will see Keysource continue to manage and enhance strategic IT infrastructure for the Met, as part of its One Met Model 2020 transformation programme.
Keysource will also support the wider IT estate to maintain and improve availability as well as enable key projects focused on modernising and improving efficiency for a safer London.
A key component of the transformation is the mobility programme, which includes the roll-out of a protected corporate Wi-Fi system, which will allow officers to securely upload reporting documents directly from mobile devices - thus minimising the time spent on administrative tasks. Working closely with the Met's team, Keysource will also provide guidance and training for Met staff on health and safety regulations to guarantee compliance.
Jon Healy, managing executive at Keysource, said: "As the UK's security and policing needs become increasingly complex, it is crucial that our emergency services have seamless access to technology that will allow them to operate more effectively. Through key infrastructure improvements and ongoing consultancy, we will ensure that the Met continues to develop a high-quality, resilient and efficient IT estate."
Keysource was initially appointed by the Met in 2015 to manage critical infrastructure including data centres that support emergency service communications, automatic number plate recognition and body-worn video footage. Keysource's consultancy enabled the Met to consolidate three data centre sites into two, and develop new infrastructure to house and protect data from its 22,000 body-worn cameras.
The One Met Model 2020 is a transformation programme aimed at creating a safer London and a modern, more efficient police service. An efficient IT infrastructure has been identified as a key enabler to deliver the Met's 20:20:20 strategic goal to decrease key crimes, increase public confidence and reduce costs, all by 20 per cent.