The Metropolitan Police Service has appointed IT, engineering, science and services company Leidos to upgrade its command and control centre.
They have agreed on a 10-year programme under which Leidos will deliver a system to capture emergency contacts from the public and coordinate the deployment of police officers to incidents, pre-planned events and other operations.
The company said the new system will be cloud based and use map-centric software to help controllers visualise where officers are located.
It plans to work with Chaucer Consulting, Frequentis and Hexagon Safety and Infrastructure on the development, which will also be aimed at improving information sharing between the police and other emergency services.
Stuart Cundy, deputy assistant commissioner of the Met Police, said; “The Met is committed to investing in new technology solutions that improve the service we provide to the public. We welcome the Leidos team and look forward to delivering a modern command and control system that will help the Met to keep London even safer.”
The value of the deal has not been revealed, but IT analyst company TechMarketView estimated it to be in excess of £100 million.
Leidos is already working with the Home Office on bringing together its two major biometrics systems: IDENT 1 – the fingerprint system used by police and justice agencies – and the Immigration and Asylum Biometric System.