Emergency Services Network (ESN)

Reference code: 
DMPCD 2015 134
Date signed: 
07 December 2015
Authorisation name: 
Stephen Greenhalgh (past staff), Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This paper is seeking approval for the transition from Airwave to the Emergency Services Network (ESN) and the early release of funds to allow the modification to the Integrated Communications and Control System by Frequentis.  This is a complex proposal with significant risks and interdependencies, however the MPS cannot be operationally effective without being part of the ESN.  

Recommendation

That the DMPC approves the:
1.    Transition from the Airwave network to the Emergency Services Network;
2.    Early release of funds of £8.6m to allow the modification to the Integrated Communications and Control System by Frequentis
3.    Early release of funds for the MPS programme team for the remainder of 2015/16, £0.5m
4.    Note that the total implementation costs of the Emergency Services Network Delivery Programme until 2020 is £68.2m, with anticipated HO funding of £35.5m, leaving an estimated shortfall of £32.7m.

 

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

Introduction and background

1.    The Home Office is rolling out an integrated Emergency Services Network (ESN) that will replace the current National Airwave network which the MPS currently uses.  For the MPS to be compliant with the Home Office recommendations, the MPS control centres, the Integrated Communications and Control System (ICCS) platform and radio terminals need to be ESN ready between July 2017 and 2020.

Issues for consideration

2.    This paper is requesting the early release of £8.6m for the modification of the ICCS platform by Frequentis, and £0.5m for MPS programme team costs for the remainder of 2015/16.

Financial Comments

3.    The total implementation costs of the Emergency Services Network Delivery Programme until 2020 is £68.2m, the Home Office has agreed that funding will be available; however, currently it is not clear how much funding will be provided, the estimate is £35.5m.

4.    Full details are contained in the attached report.

Legal Comments

5.    Frequentis own the IPR and has no legal obligation to sell or assign the IPR to a third party.  Any modifications to the ICCS can only be implemented by Frequentis.  The procurement route is to use the negotiated procedure without prior publication of an OJEU notice.

6.    Full details are contained in the attached report.

Equality Comments

7.    The equality and diversity impact assessment will be conducted as part of the production of the Final Business Case.