World Security Report News2016-11-22 13:42:01

North Wales Police Entrusts Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure and Frequentis with Joint Communications Centre Systems Upgrade

North Wales Police has contracted with Hexagon to upgrade the existing Frequentis 3020 Integrated Communication Control System (ICCS) to the Frequentis 3020 LifeX software platform and provide associated integration to Hexagon's Intergraph Computer-Aided Dispatch (I/CAD) incident management and dispatch system.

The upgrade provides North Wales Police with a single platform for both emergency and non-emergency forms of contact centre and control room communications including radio, telephony, email and web chat. The solution enables configurable skills-based routing of communications, provides more information on both people and properties at the point of contact through integration with other police systems and delivers automated management information reporting.

The integrated solution facilitates infrastructure consolidation through the use of a single workstation per operator position and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and virtualisation in the data centre. The 3020 LifeX software platform will also support the transition to the Emergency Services Network (ESN) for North Wales Police in the coming years.

Paul Shea, North Wales Police control room manager, said, "The commitment from Hexagon and Frequentis to work with us to not only enhance our communications with the public through all media channels, but also to support us to be ready for the transition to ESN is just what we need to allow us to concentrate on policing. We have worked with Hexagon and Frequentis for a long time and understand their knowledge and experience in control rooms and critical communications. This, coupled with the 3020 LifeX solution, were the reasons why we decided to implement the new ICCS and contact centre upgrade with them."

Maximilian Weber, senior vice president EMEA at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, commented, "Together with Frequentis we are proud to be delivering an upgrade for North Wales Police that will truly help them with public contact and officer dispatching in the future. Not only will it bring efficiencies within the police control room but also will give the public of North Wales a better service."

Robert Nitsch, director public safety at Frequentis, explained, "We are honoured to be entrusted by North Wales Police to install our first multimedia contact centre in the UK as well as a solution capable of transition to ESN. By using 3020 LifeX and Hexagon's I/CAD properly integrated, we are combining our understanding of the market needs with experiences gathered in existing contact centre solutions for the benefit of North Wales Police so they can increase efficiencies to meet their targets."

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