Friday, 28th February 2020

The case for IT transformation at the Met Police

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. In addition, Keysource will 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.

The appointment continues to demonstrate Keysource’s ability to keep pace with a growing and changing demand with a fast response and with skills that complement the working ecosystem

A key component of the transformation is the mobility programme which includes the roll out of a protected corporate WiFi system, which will allow officers to securely upload reporting documents directly from mobile devices, minimising time spent on administrative tasks. Working closely with the Met’s teams Keysource will also provide guidance and training for Met staff on Health and Safety regulations to ensure 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 the Met continues to develop a high-quality, resilient and efficient IT estate.

“We are exceptionally proud of our partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service, and look forward to supporting its mission to create a safer London for all.”

Keysource was initially appointed by the Met in 2015 to manage critical infrastructure including data centres which, support emergency service communications, automatic number plate recognition and body-worn video footage. Keysource’s consultancy led to the Met being able 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 of decreasing key crimes, increasing public confidence and reducing costs, all by 20 per cent.

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