Mason Advisory, the independent IT and communications consultant, will form part of the KBR (Kellogg Brown & Root) team which was recently awarded the Lot 1 Delivery Partner contract by the Home Office on the UK’s £.12bn Emergency Services Network (ESN).
The aim of ESN is to deliver a new 4G broadband mobile communications service for police, fire and ambulance users in the UK, which will replace the current Airwave TETRA two-way radio service. KBR was announced as the Home Office’s Lot 1 Delivery Partner for ESN last week after seeing off bids from rivals Atkins, Lockheed Martin and Mott McDonald.
Mason Advisory will support KBR with technical and public-safety expertise throughout the four-year programme. It will provide expert resource to manage and assure the rigorous testing and trials programme – essential to ensure users have the confidence that ESN meets mission-critical requirements – and to provide assurance of the underlying ESN technology and service elements in partnership with the Home Office team.
The programme will securely deliver broadband data and voice services that will ensure the emergency services have cost-effective access to a mobile communications platform that supports an increasingly data-centric world.
The ESN will not only help support feature-rich mobile data services it will also help blue-light organisations to transform their control room environments, as well as supporting the numerous channel-shift programmes already underway in delivering digital services to the public.
Duncan Swan, Director at Mason Advisory, said: “Those associated with the ESMCP all have a single goal: to deliver a mobile communications network worthy of those who work within our emergency services – often in difficult circumstances. At Mason Advisory, we understand this goal and will bring our knowledge and experience of mission-critical systems to ensure ESN is fit for purpose through rigorous real-life test scenarios and through assurance of the systems and solutions.”
Andrew Barrie, Head of Government Services at KBR, noted: “We are delighted to have been selected by the Home Office to manage this critical communications service. At the heart of this programme is public safety and we look forward to playing our part in the delivery of an enhanced, more flexible, and more affordable communications and data capability, fit for our emergency services in the twenty-first century.”
The ESN Delivery Partner role will commence work immediately and is scheduled to run for just over four years. The KBR team combines resources and skills from a range of experts from both the public sector and industry including the emergency services.
The ESN Lot 1 Delivery Partner involves project and programme management services including: transition support, cross-lot integration and user support; programme management services for cross-lot ESN integration in transition; vehicle installation design and assurance; training support services; and delivery support during the implementation of ESN.