UK Home Office flags up four contracts on Emergency Services Network
20 Nov 2014 11:05 AM
Four contracts covering: user devices, air-to-ground services and devices, vehicle installation and control room upgrades due to go out to tender in addition to the main network contract
The UK Home Office has announced it will be engaging with suppliers for four additional contracts relating to the new £1.2bn Emergency Services Network (ESN) - the new communication system designed to replace the existing Airwave TETRA two-way radio network for the emergency services.
A Prior Information Notice (PIN) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) stating that the department will engage suppliers regarding four separate parts of the contract for the new ESN:
• User devices
• Air-to-ground service and devices
• Radio installation in approximately 40,000 emergency services vehicles
• Control room upgrades.
Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims Mike Penning said: “A modernised communications network is vital to help the emergency services protect the public and save lives. We are on track to deliver this critical part of our national infrastructure by 2017.
“We have seen strong interest in providing the new emergency services network and its supporting elements. I am confident that the organisations we select will create a communications network that is the best in the world.”
Tenders for the contracts will be submitted ‘in the near future’ and will then be subject to detailed evaluation. Contracts will be awarded in 2015 and the new ESN will go live from 2017, as existing Airwave contracts with the various police, fire and ambulances services expire.
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