London’s Metropolitan Police force has turned to BT to provide a range of services, including support for the world’s largest rollout of body-worn video cameras.
The operator will supply fixed and wireless networks, cloud and IT services as part of a £100 million deal.
BT will build a new wide area network connecting around 500 of the force’s sites across the capital, as well as local area network upgrades and a corporate Wi-Fi solution.
Further, BT will support the world’s largest rollout of body worn video cameras by deploying extra capacity to enable the upload of data from 22,000 devices.
The deal also includes an upgrade to how calls are routed and answered in the Metropolitan Police call centres.
Finally, BT will overhaul some back-office IT systems, including one used for staff scheduling and rostering, and implement cloud-based tech that enable the Met to reduce the amount it spends on certain services.
Colm O’Neill, Managing Director of BT Business and Public Sector, said: “We’ve built a longstanding relationship with the Metropolitan Police and are working with them to help them find better, smarter and more productive ways of work.”
The deal is a boon to BT’s Business and Public Sector division, which is suffering as the government cuts back on spending.
The business unit saw revenues fall six percent in the three months to December.