Forces given chance to sign up for aggregated demand agreement
Police forces across England and Wales are being given the chance to sign up to a national mobile telecoms deal with network provider EE.
The Police ICT Company has agreed the SIM card, voice, and data agreement with the telecoms firm. The terms are not being publicly disclosed, but the deal is designed to save forces money by aggregating demand.
For the next four weeks, forces can log into a password-protected website to take a closer look at what is on offer and, if they so wish, sign up.
The deal is being launched at a time when many forces are renewing or retendering their mobile contracts, newly appointed Police ICT Company chief executive Ian Bell told PublicTechnology. The EE agreement is the first of many that the company will launch in the coming months, he added.
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The company will work more closely with the Crown Commercial Service to deliver aggregated frameworks that allow forces to not only save money, but standardise on certain technologies so as to enable closer collaboration. The Police ICT Company is also determined that, unlike deals it may have offered in the past, its future national agreements will be designed in close partnership with IT decision makers in police forces and the National Police Technology Council .
“We need to start putting value for money on the table,” Bell said. “In the past, we have gone and done what we thought was right, rather than being engaged with CIOs.”
The Police ICT Company was founded in 2015 by a collective of police and crime commissioners, who continue to jointly own and fund the company. Its mission is to help police forces achieve costs savings on IT and get the most out of their technology use, across both their incumbent estate and new investments.