UK Emergency Services Upgrades IT
The UK government will introduce a digital standard to improve incident response times by helping to standardise IT system interfaces and equipment between emergency services.
The open standard is as a result of a six year project led by the Cabinet Office and Government Digital Service (GDS).
The new standards allow different digital platforms to interact with each other, enabling the sharing of IT and reducing the costs and complexity involved in delivering services to the public.
The government believes the open standard will enhance public safety by improving response times; creating a single data exchange in the emergency responder community; streamlining the flow of incident information between agencies and allowing control centres to communicate in real time without restriction.
As part of the project the London Fire Brigade is launching an advanced computer programming system at their operations centre in Merton.
Matthew Hancock, cabinet office minister, said: “When we heard that some control centres would rely on fax machines to communicate with each other during an emergency situation, something had to be done.
“Improving digital communications is a crucial step and the valuable work, conducted by government in partnership with the emergency services, will make a tangible difference across the UK in times of emergency or crisis.”
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