Shortlisted entries recognised the extraordinary, behind-the-scenes contribution of control room staff in serving society, keeping the public safe and secure, and responding to the most difficult and harrowing situations and emergency incidents.
The Control Room Awards, which we launched in November 2017, are the first to recognise and reward the unsung heroes within critical control rooms across the UK. The event has been endorsed by several emergency services organisations, including British APCO, and is being supported by a handful of generous sponsors – telent as the platinum partner, alongside Sopra Steria, Seed Software, ICCRA and Red Box Recorders.
Two pioneering technology companies have been announced as the latest sponsors of the first national Control Room Awards. Both organisations have long-standing relationships within emergency and critical control rooms.
We've been shortlisted as a finalist in the 'Innovation of the Year' category at the respected Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards and will attend a ceremony on 8 December, where the winner will be unveiled. This comes just three weeks after being crowned winner of the 'Innovation and Technology' award at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards on 16 November.
Today, we launched the first awards to recognise and celebrate unsung heroes working behind the scenes in control rooms across the UK. The awards are the first to recognise the achievements of control room staff in their day-to-day duties, often dealing with harrowing and distressing situations.
Mission critical solutions specialist APD Communications is supporting a Wiltshire Police team on a sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for a guide dogs charity.
Partially-sighted Anthony Bristowe, Police Call Handler with the Wiltshire force, is aiming to raise £5,000 for the Guide Dogs Organisation by embarking on a 250-mile journey from Land’s End to Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire.
As we head towards this point in the year, it's a good time to think about those less fortunate than us for whom, the festive period represents increased hours and very often increased demand for service.
In our latest ESN blog post we look at the recent news regarding Samsung being contracted to supply the UK emergency services with smartphones and other accessories, as well as examples of mobile devices and applications being tested by forces across the UK.
We recently surveyed emergency services professionals about various aspects of the transition to ESN. Unsurprisingly Coverage, Availability & Resilience came out as most important aspects from a network perspective. In this post we’ll explore the current status of all three areas and give some industry insight as to the progress being made towards a fit for purpose ESN network.
On 19 July, our online customer portal – The APD Community - went live. This is a secure online platform where you can discuss all things ESN, get the latest updates and knowledge articles and raise and update support cases.
With the UK Government’s cloud first policy, it’s time to start moving your ICCS and fleet telematics solutions to the cloud. But what will you get out of it other than compliance? And what about data security?
To take advantage of the benefits of new emerging digital technology, such as IP telephony and the Emergency Services Network, many emergency services' control rooms are facing the need to replace their analogue systems with the digital equivalents.
APD’s Artemis solution helps police forces, councils and local governments improve the way their vehicles are driven and their resources are deployed. Previously, individual customers had to install and manage the hardware, related WAN and mobile data/SIMs needed to run Artemis — but that’s all changed since APD partnered with UKCloud to offer Artemis as a service, hosted on its UK-sovereign, UK-assured platform.
In March 2014, North Yorkshire Police decided to extend Aspire across all Front Counters in their force area. The aim was to better support Front Counter staff in providing an improved customer service.
Northamptonshire Police needed to make savings of £17 million by 2015. And a further £23 million by 2017. The Force have had to look hard at its operations with an ambitious transformation programme underway. Artemis has helped make savings and increase efficiency across their fleet.
At the heart of two control centres, Dubai International Airport have chosen APD’s Cortex system. The Emirates Group, which includes one of the world’s major airlines relies on the Integrated Communications Control System. It enables the control room operators to manage all radio,telephone, intercom and web services. Not to mention linking 6,500 ground staff throughout the airport.