Wiltshire Police manages social media risk

Wiltshire Police has invested in CrowdControlHQ software to address the demand by the public to report crimes using social media. Wiltshire Police is using CrowdControlHQ’s social media risk management and compliance platform to manage 68 active social media accounts, including 24 Neighbourhood Policing Team Facebook pages, several senior management Twitter accounts and community group Facebook… Read more »

Capita to provide software to merged Welsh fire and rescue control centre

Capita Communication and Control Solutions has been awarded a joint contract by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) to provide ‘Command and Control’ software. The contract, for Capita’s latest ‘VISION ’ software, marks a major milestone in the Joint Public Service Centre (JPSC) project… Read more »

New air ambulance helicopters will enhance patient care in Scotland

The Scottish Ambulance Service will operate one of the most advanced publicly funded air ambulance services in the world after taking delivery of two new purpose-built helicopters that are due to replace existing aircraft next month. The two new Airbus H145 aircraft will replace the current EC135 helicopters, which have been in service since 2006…. Read more »

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police sign £9.1m building and maintenance framework

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police have appointed contractor J Tomlinson on a four-year framework agreement covering servicing, maintenance, reactive repairs and minor works. The award has a potential value of £9.1m over the lifetime of the agreement, representing a major development for Nottingham-based J Tomlinson. Under the contract, the company will provide mechanical, electrical… Read more »

UAV borne acoustic searches undergo tests for missing people

Search Systems Ltd, a leading UAV manufacturer in the UK, has begun testing acoustic searches with their Responder UAV platform. Combining the company’s fast response quadcopter with a microphone and audio recorder, the Responder audio search is designed to test the ability to find missing people under collapsed rubble, within unsafe buildings and other areas… Read more »

SATcase™ teams up with SunnyBAG to ensure long lasting satellite connection

SATcase™, a revolutionary device that adds satellite connectivity and Search and Rescue (SAR) capability to the common smartphone (as featured in the June issue of EST), has teamed up with award-winning manufacturer SunnyBAG to add solar power to the offering. This means that users will now benefit from increased battery life, and longer lasting satellite… Read more »

Air Ambulance Trust picks Peplink-powered critical connectivity for paramedics

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSA) and Peplink partner Tactical Wireless Ltd (TWL) have reached an agreement for the joint development of a backpack-mounted version of TWL’s award winning Omni-Hub™ multi-mode communications system. The backpack-mounted Omni-Hub™ will provide paramedics with high quality video, audio and medical data links to and from KSSA’s control… Read more »

Honeywell launches Miller H-Design™ confined space harness

Honeywell has launched the Miller H-Design™ confined space harness, a unique safety solution for people working in confined spaces. The harness features a specially designed belt that holds a respiratory mask, providing workers in utilities and water treatment sectors with a comfortable, flexible and easily accessible self-rescue solution. “Based on customer research, wearing a self-rescuer… Read more »

From police mobile camera van to SAR control in 280 hours

Volunteers from charity Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR) have successfully converted a police mobile camera van to an incident control vehicle, which will help them provide a more effective search and rescue service for vulnerable missing people in Hampshire. The Vauxhall Movano 3500 van was bought at auction to replace the team’s existing control vehicle…. Read more »