APD Communications has signed a contract with the UK’s Northamptonshire Police to implement ARTEMIS, APD’s comprehensive resource and information management portfolio. At the same time, a three year national framework agreement has been awarded to APD for supplying ARTEMIS to police forces in England and Wales.
ARTEMIS was first released in April 2012 and will assist the Force in promoting best practice, efficiency and cost reduction. Developed by APD specifically for the UK Police, in close cooperation with the ACPO ITS Working Group and the One Box Consortium, ARTEMIS will initially be installed in Northamptonshire’s test and training vehicles. The Force’s fleet of 370 police vehicles - used by around 1,000 officers – will be fitted with the ARTEMIS solution by March 2013.
Northamptonshire Police is faced with the task of reducing its operating expenditure by £20m over a five year period following the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review. It therefore needed to find new and innovative ways to reduce costs whilst maintaining and improving services. The Force anticipated that the acquisition of advanced telematics and process management technology would lead to substantial savings for its police vehicle operations, at the same time as improving frontline services and overall efficiency.
Having completed the initial round of tendering, the competing solutions were required to demonstrate their ability to improve fuel economy, adhere to servicing intervals, provide more detailed reporting of incidents and offer real-time feedback about driver behaviour.
Following an intensive evaluation process, APD’s solution was judged to be the most compliant and scored the highest marks of all 12 rival bids across the selected criteria. As a result, APD was awarded the contract to supply the telematics solution to Northamptonshire Police, and to any other police force under the terms of the framework agreement.
‘We selected ARTEMIS for its comprehensive feature-set, overall affordability and its compatibility with back-end systems,’ said Graham Crow, Head of Transport & Travel at Northamptonshire Police. ‘APD is a very professional organisation and its long-standing experience in police and emergency vehicle communications really shone through.’
The ARTEMIS solution
Modular in design, ARTEMIS is unique in the market, featuring automatic vehicle tracking (AVLS), incident data recording (IDR) as well as vehicle information capture for efficient resource analysis and preventative maintenance. The system is also compatible with the most popular police applications including those used by Northamptonshire Police: Civica’s Tranman Fleet Management application, Steria’s STORM command and control and Northgate’s mapping software.
A key component of APD’s ARTEMIS solution is a police-specification Driver and Vehicle Management System (DVMS) that will promote accountability and economical driving behaviour in non-emergency situations. By identifying where driving habits can be improved, officers can adapt their behaviour to increase fuel efficiency and reduce wear and tear on vehicles.
Other features include:
• Live resource tracking
• Key performance indicators
• Comprehensive reporting
• Vehicle condition reporting
• Incident data recording
• Cross-Border Connect
• Silent dispatch with SATNAV
Fuel cost savings
In 2011, a series of tests with police vehicles was carried out; the ARTEMIS DVMS system increased fuel efficiency by 39%, an improvement of 17.5 miles per gallon. The event was held in a controlled environment, and such high percentage savings are unlikely to be achieved in the real world.
However, the results clearly show that the DVMS solution is capable of delivering significant cost benefit. The national population of 47,000 police vehicles currently averages 700 million miles a year - equivalent to £148m in fuel costs. Police-approved statistics show that improving fuel economy by just 5 miles per gallon reduces the total by £21m while 10 miles per gallon reduces it by £37m.