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Tuesday, 26 May

Making Thin Blue Line Securer

The Met has awarded the management of two of its ‘critical’ data centres to specialist Keysource as part of its wider strategic implementation of the force’s technology ’transformation’ programme.

 The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) had identified an efficient IT infrastructure as a key enabler in its so-called One Met transformation programme to deliver its ‘20:20:20’ strategic priority, i.e. to decrease key crimes by 20%, increase public confidence by 20% and decrease costs by 20%.

Claimed to be highly secure, available and scalable, the data centres house critical MPS’ IT systems supporting services, e.g. emergency service communications which handle an average of 6,000 triple 9 and 15,000 non-emergency calls every day,  automatic number plate recognition which captures over 38 million plates daily and the recently introduced body worn video. 

The contract award is designed to support a number of MPS’ key objectives including modernising its IT while reducing costs, improving efficiency, maintaining resilience,and delivering energy savings. A key aspect of the service is collaboration within the multi-supplier ecosystem, to deliver end-to-end services to the MPS. This includes the transformation of existing services as well as the continuing delivery of new services.

As the Data Centre Management Service (DCMS) provider, Keysource is managing assets, capacity, efficiency, certification and compliance as well as taking responsibility for delivery management and physical security management including access to site, data hall and racks. Operational services, including M&E testing and maintenance scheduling, IT smart hands service, Data cabling and IT decommissioning and commissioning services are also part of the remit.

“It was important for the team to gain an intimate understanding of the service requirements, tower operating model and how this underpins the strategic objective of the programme,” explained Jon Healy, DCMS Solution Architect. “This enabled us to design a service which was completely aligned with the MPS requirements, built on industry standards and practices with the agility to support the MPS’s evolving critical environment estate.”

Picture: The Met has awarded the management of two of its ‘critical’ data centres to specialist Keysource

Article written by Mike Gannon

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