Security and policing in the UK

Police forces in UK are definitely one of the most mature organizations of its kind in the world. Not only in terms of procedures and work organization, but also in terms of technology they use. The UK emergency services have always been the early adapters of all new technologies. Even now, the whole world is looking towards the ESN (Emergency services network), the new next generation critical communication service, that is going to replace the radio communication networks.

For MOSY it was an honor to show and compare its products and technology on such a mature market.  We just returned from the Security and Policing event held in Farnborough on March 7-9, 2017 and we found this event very insightful and successful.

What caught our eye? Read the full article here.

Let’s Prove The World Wrong – And Make These Uncertain Times As Great As We Can

By Daniel Olsson, Managing Director, Soitron UK

We started 2016 in the EU, with Hillary Clinton circling the airport before being anointed as Obama’s successor – and with Roy Hodgson’s England as having a fairly decent chance in the upcoming Euros. Oh, and David Cameron was enjoying his surprise majority win, looking forward to implementing a long programme of government with his faithful Chancellor, George Osborne.

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But relationships there are to be forged – and opportunities to be exploited. Fresh thinking has to be the order of the day, from boardroom to sales team to the entire IT function. Organisations will need to be able to keep costs and commitments firmly in check, but also be ready to expand them as needed when windows of opportunity open up as new trading structures start to emerge.

A key part of this is the operational aspect of your company – which in 2017 terms means the IT component of it. Modern organisations look to tech to help them run tight, efficient workflows, communicate internally and with customers and their supply chain, and help build the great new products and services they know their markets will want.

Having a huge internal IT team, ready to get ‘all hands on deck’ when needed, is no longer seen as a defensible way of managing resources. However, not all firms want to be in a position of having all their expertise represented by an outsourcer or contractors who work to deliver commoditised, low-cost services along rigid contractual terms, and who may demand revised fees if there’s a sudden demand for extra capacity or rare skills.

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IT Staff Augmentation: The perfect half-way house

Do either sound like a recipe for success in times of uncertainty? A much better option is a half-way house, where you always have the option of flexing up – and then back down, as soon as you need – your IT team.

This approach is called staff augmentation, whereby highly-trained support can be added in to help cope with business uncertainty, seasonality and other peaks and troughs.  Many businesses have staff augmentation directly written into their business plan.

…various experts believe staff augmentation usage in 2017 will grow between twenty and thirty percent in size.

Traditionally used to reduce cost and control spiraling HR budget, staff augmentation is emerging as one of the best tools for the C-suite in terms of responding to business change and uncertainty. Indeed, various experts believe its usage in 2017 will grow between twenty and thirty percent in size. Staff augmentation best practice can realise all these benefits and more.

The famously change-averse Ancient Chinese had a famous proverb, which says – as a curse – that the worst times to live in are the ‘interesting’ ones.

Well, let’s use staff augmentation and prove that in even as unpredictable times as these, success is still there for the taking.

Read more on the topic here.

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How does an intelligent police car serve citizens?

Safety situation in the world today is getting more and more complicated. The authorities that protect us are equipped with face recognition systems while significant amount of our personal data is logged and all our movements are monitored. All this results in people being afraid and asking us why we actually need Intelligent Police Cars.

What is an Intelligent Police Car?

Well, firstly let us describe what an Intelligent Police Car is. To give simple and direct description, it is a police vehicle equipped with at least a video recording system, GPS, direct access to various police databases, collaboration system with the command centre and with ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) system. It may of course offer many more functionalities, as system for fine or accident management, internal knowledge base, automatically generated daily reports, etc. In general, these systems should serve police officers to be more efficient; to convert their administrative work to their real work and to have less paper work and be in the field more.

How do these systems affect us, regular citizens? Read the full article here.

INTELLIGENT POLICE CAR THAT BROUGHT POLICE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

Hearing the words “Intelligent Police Car” may refer to somebody as a future concept for police vehicles. For us it just means to bring the police into the 21st century. The technology nowadays is already pretty advanced. Information is being spread faster than ever before and the access to it is easier than getting a beer in a foreign country. Citizens are very educated about their rights and proving their traffic or other minor law violations may get very complicated. Our lives move in a fast pace and we expect to be served everywhere faster than formula 1 pit stop.

The Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic accepted the challenges of current world and decided to give the police appropriate tools. In 2012 they started a project which not only equipped the police cars with state of the art technology, but also solved the infrastructure and databases issues they were facing.
From a total number of approximately 3000 police cars in Slovakia, 2 380 were equipped with a GPS location tracker and 780 with a specialized computer system enabling:

– Automatic Number Plate Recognition
– Video recording
– Monitoring of vehicle’s location and other car related information
– Messaging with the Command Centre
– Integration with the CAD (computer aided dispatch) system
– Daily duties planning
– Automated ID cards reading and direct accessing various Police databases

All these functionalities were integrated into one, yet easy to use system. Read the full article here.