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DCLG releases update to the Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme

08 January, 2015

Clarity on technical issues related to PSN connection with Emergency Services Network ‘expected’ in early 2015.

According to DCLG, evaluations have been completed for Lots 1, 2 and 4 with final moderations due for completion on Lot 3 by late January 2015.

The next phase will involved negotiation with down-selected bidders leading to an invitation to submit final offers. Contract awards remain scheduled for Summer 2015.

Main Procurement Lots;

  •  Lot 1 – Delivery Partner.
  •  Lot 2 – User Services.
  •  Lot 3 – Mobile Services.
  •  Lot 4 – Extension Services.

According to DCLG, parallel projects are now established to facilitate transition to the Emergency Services Network and support associated service delivery.

These projects have commenced market engagement and will be conducting a joint industry briefing day on 13 January 2015.

A number of workshops are planned to develop the services’ requirements from those captured earlier in 2014 into a format suitable for individual projects and procurements. Related projects encompass:

  • User Devices
  • Control Rooms
  • Vehicles
  • User Organisation Transition Support
  • Intelligent Client Function

Connection to the Emergency Services Network (ESN)

The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme reported to the last meeting of the Fire Customer Group that the means of connection between a service control room and the Emergency Services Network would be via the Public Services Network.

However, according to DCLG a number of technical issues remain that will need to be resolved before the Public Services Network can categorically be defined as the sole means of connection and there are also a number of uncertainties regarding requirements for security accreditation. Discussions are ongoing with Cabinet Office, the administrators of the Public Services Network). DCLG expects greater clarity early in 2015.

As regards Firelink, contract negotiations are underway to fit with the ESMCP transition timetable.

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