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, a 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, this month.
The Guide Dogs Organisation is the world’s largest breeder and trainer of working dogs. The charity aims to provide people with sight loss with the support they need to be able to move around safely and confidently, to get out of their homes and be able to live life the way they choose. The organisation has helped almost 30,000 people to achieving life-changing independence.
Anthony will ride the challenging route on a tandem cycle with friend Simon Taylor, accompanied by other Wiltshire Police riders, and hopes to complete the distance in five days. APD Communications is providing branded cycle tops for the riders and donating £500 to fundraising target - that's two pounds for every mile cycled.
APD develops critical, life-saving software used by the police and other emergency services organisations across the UK, as well as transport and aviation operators nationally and internationally. The company’s market-leading software protects the public and emergency services personnel and ensures the efficient, continuous operation of services vital to public safety and security.
APD provides Wiltshire Police with a control system which enables rapid communications by bringing radio, telephony, CCTV and other systems together into one easy to use touch-screen access panel.
The software, called Cortex, allows its control room operators to communicate with their officers by radio in the field and to deal efficiently and effectively with 999 calls, as well as many other facilities linked to their command and control system.
Additional software, called Storm, is also supplied by APD and allows control room operators to create and manage incidents reported by members of the public and co-ordinate the deployment of operational resources.
APD Managing Director Mike Isherwood said: “We were really impressed when we heard about Anthony’s fundraising cycle ride, so we instinctively wanted to support him.
“Wiltshire Police is one of our long-standing customers and we work closely with them on a daily basis, providing and supporting their control room and communications software.
“We work really well with the Wiltshire force team and this sponsorship is a continuation of that excellent relationship. Good luck to Anthony, Simon and the whole team!”
Wiltshire Police has also recently upgraded to a system built by APD called Artemis, which provides visibility and live information on police cars and other emergency services vehicles the length and breadth of Britain. The system delivers invaluable vehicle and driver performance data, creating huge savings in fuel and maintenance costs, as well as multi-layered information in the event of a collision.
Support the team
Anthony and Simon will start their tandem ride on Monday, October 16. Donations can be made via the cycling duo’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/findingnimmo