Steria together with Beat Systems jointly announce entering into a strategic partnership to launch a mobile data initiative that will transform the way UK police deliver public protection to the local community. The agreement will see the establishment of a mutual partner arrangement for those Police Forces operating Steria’s STORM Command and Control system.
Steria will become Beat’s preferred integration and deployment partner and Beat will become Steria’s preferred enterprise Mobile Data platform. This will see Beat integrate its market leading mobile data technology with Steria’s STORM application, which will benefit the 18 police forces across the UK that currently run Steria’s STORM Command and Control System.
The partnership will allow Steria to offer an enhanced level of support to forces engaged in the National Policing Improvement Agencies (NPIA) programme. The enhanced mobile platform will provide a low risk, rapid deployment of a readily available mobile data solution by combining Beat Systems’ technology with Steria’s project and risk management disciplines and a range of testing services.
Tracey Lee, head of police at Steria, says: “When Gordon Brown called for an additional 10,000 mobile devices to be made available to the police last year, our customers came under a significant amount of pressure to increase mobile working. Steria consider the Beat Systems technology to be the most functionally rich mobile data solution available that is setting the standards others will have to follow. Our partnership with Beat Systems means that police forces will not only immediately receive the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) mobile technology they need to access and update information remotely via handheld devices, it will also provide officers with the advice, training and support they need to manage the change and truly realise the benefits of a mobile future.”
Currently, Beat Systems’ mobile solution is the only platform and independent solution that is specifically built around police business processes with the aim of increasing officer visibility and effectiveness in the communities they serve. The proven technology is established in over six forces using the unique Encounters™ model patented by Beat Systems. Steria’s transformation services will enable forces to ensure that maximum value is derived from the technologies and that anticipated benefits are measured and realised.
Roy Hawes, commercial director at Beat Systems, comments: “Having Steria as our deployment partner will compliment our offering and help police forces meet the performance measures demanded by NPIA. For customers, this partnership will ensure that maximum value is derived from the technologies and that anticipated benefits are measured and realised.”
About Beat Systems Headquartered in Glasgow, Beat Systems is a UK Mobile Data specialist that focuses on mobilising business critical applications for Police Forces, Home Office Criminal Justice contractors, Central and Local Government to improve its services to the public.
Beat Systems enables its customers to capture essential business processes and engineer mobile solutions where sensitive data is required to be delivered securely to remote field staff and is 100 percent focused on secure mobile data services. By working closely with public sector organisations in the UK, Beat Systems successfully delivers mobile solutions over TETRA Airwave and GPRS.
Customers include: Serco Government, GSL, British Transport Police, Cheshire Police, Notts Police, Humberside Police.
About Steria: www.steria.com The leading end-to-end IT services provider in Europe for companies which consider new technologies a vital part of their business strategy, Steria focuses on setting up strategic partnerships with its customers in each of its key markets: the public sector, finance, telecommunications, utilities and transport. Steria offers customers integrated services including consulting in core business processes as well as the development and operation of their information systems. In October 2007, Steria acquired the British firm Xansa. The new group employs over 18,000 staff in 16 countries, including 5,000 in India. On December 31, 2007, Steria revenue amounted to ¤1.4 billion. The Group, headquartered in Paris, is listed on the Euronext Paris market.
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