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Police ICT Company reveals data and mobile deals



New procurement agreements with Chorus Intelligence and EE aimed at easier liceensing for police forces

The Police ICT Company (PICTO) has revealed new deals to support data cleaning and analytics and the use of mobile technology among police services.

It has pointed to collaborations with data analytics software firm Chorus Intelligence and mobile network provider EE.

Police forces already make extensive use of Chorus services – the company claims that 90% of those in the UK use its software – and a new procurement framework has been agreed, giving it trusted vendor status and making its licences available through G-Cloud, or by contacting the firm or PICTO.

The organisation said it could save police analysts up to 1.5 million hours currently spent in cleaning data, saying that a case study involving Northamptonshire Police provides corroboration for the estimate.

Software access

PICTO’s chief executive officer Ian Bell said: “This is a fantastic collaboration that provides UK police forces with access to software that will help their analysts do time consuming tasks considerably quicker and easier.

“The latest data analytics technology is needed now more than ever to combat all forms of crime and with this collaboration in place we will give forces the opportunity to exploit the technology that will help keep the public safe.”

The EE deal covers the provision of SIM cards and non-critical voice and data services. A PICTO spokesperson said it complements the work taking place on moving police forces to the new Emergency Services Network and presents opportunities for “immediate and significant savings”.

The deal has been developed with the support of the National Police Technology Council, Crown Commercial Service and the Home Office Collaborative Law Enforcement Procurement Programme. It has initially been opened up for 30 days beginning on 13 March, with details available through PICTO’s Knowledge Hub.

Discussions for similar deals are also in progress with Vodafone and O2.

Image: Matty Ring, CC BY 2.0 through flickr

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