Introducing this year’s British APCO show, Ian Readhead, immediate past president of British APCO, said: ‘At the very heart of dealing with major incidents lies the critical requirement for the emergency services to be able to work closely with key partner agencies in the military, utilities, local government, transport and major industries in order to save life and manage the path back to normality.
‘This requires the very best technology, communication structures and common business practices matched by great leadership. B-APCO 2013 is a great opportunity to meet those who supply the equipment ‘to network with the individuals who set the strategy, along with those who deliver it at the front line. Be there!’
B-APCO 2013 brings a fresh new agenda focusing on smarter partnerships between forces, and building upon a broader relationship between the emergency services, civil contingency responders, local authorities, utilities, the National Grid, nuclear power and oil and gas producers.
The new format will host a series of free workshops, acting as an interactive learning environment and complementing the technology showcased on the exhibition floor by the likes of Capita, Northrop Grumman, Intergraph, Vector Command, APD, Cassidian, Infoterra, General Dynamics and Motorola, to name but a few.
The workshops are supported by government bodies and various associations including the Cabinet Office, Home Office, Association of Chief Police Officers, Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Programme (JESIP), Joint Oil Industry Fire Forum (JOIFF), the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, the UK Petroleum Industry Association and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.
Future user communication requirements for the emergency services
Led by Commander Richard Morris, this workshop involves chief officers, representatives from the Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme, Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme, the main voice and mobile providers and The TETRA + Critical Communications Association, and focuses on the arrangements to sustain and develop the future user requirements of the emergency services.
Convergence of Emergency Control Plans
This workshop brings together the Health and Safety Executive, the Environmental Agency, the Emergency Services, utility suppliers, Joint Oil Industry Fire Forum and the Petroleum Industry Association to debate the future HSE requirements to align emergency response plans. This includes communications interoperability, governance and technical support.
Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) Update
This information session provides a useful overview of the government sponsored two-year programme which aims to help the emergency services work better together at major or complex incidents. It will include information about the JESIP aims and objectives as well as describe the planned programme of work for the next 18 months.
Mobile Data in Vehicles
Over the next three years emergency vehicles will need to ensure that they comply with the instruction and use regulations governing the use of equipment whilst the vehicle is in motion. This workshop brings together representatives from government, users in the emergency services, and workshop engineers who debate how this can be delivered.
Incident Data Transfer Standard workshop (follow on from DEIT)
Cabinet Office (Resilient Telecoms Program) and British APCO founded a cross-industry and stakeholders group to determine and create a standard and scheme for the technical and operational standards required to provide the interoperable transfer of data between the broad range of organisations that comprise the ‘resilience community’.
UK Government is committed to the adoption of cloud computing and delivering computing resources. The G-Cloud is an iterative programme of work to achieve this, which will deliver fundamental changes in the way the public sector procures and operates ICT.