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North Yorks Police makes new networks move

David Bicknell Published 27 September 2016

End of Virgin Media Business contract in March 2017 prompts decision to replace WAN with new solution


The end of a contract with its current supplier Virgin Media Business (VMB) in March 2017 has pushed North Yorkshire Police into a decision over its networking future.

According to a decision made by North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, a decision to replace the force’s current network service solution was agreed on May 24 following a service review.

The PCC’s decision thinking says a new solution and contract is required to take into account any future changes to policing locations and provide an improved performance, scalability and affordability. This included a requirement to ensure the new headquarters was connected to the current headquarters to allow for the transfer of IT services in 2017.

The contract will ensure all North Yorkshire Police buildings are connected to its IT systems and allow the new headquarters to support the staff members working within it. Total capital expenditure will be £1.51m, which provides for a contract revenue reduction of £2.25m over 5 years, according to the PCC documents.

The background to the PCC decision shows that the VMB contract ends on March 24 next year, having already been extended to the maximum period of its agreement. North Yorkshire Police is required to have a compliant network under PSN-P legislation. so action is required.

An Options Appraisal paper was produced by the force’s ICT Technical project manager and reviewed by the Information Communications Technology Manager and Principal Officer of Communications earlier this year. The outcome was a recommendation for North Yorkshire Police to progress with a new procurement at the earliest opportunity.

A Local Area Network maintenance contract currently with VMB also ends in August 2017 with a new agreement needing to be considered. This includes items such as core network switches and firewalls. Wi-Fi maintenance currently with VMB ended in February 2016 and will require a new agreement. These items can all be procured under the single framework RM1045 under Lots 1 and 2, the PCC decisions says.

The force said it had reviewed its procurement route to market with the options of an OJEU open and restricted procurement being eliminated in the interests of time and costs. The force decided that the most suitable option would be the Crown Commercial Service’s RM1045 framework.

According to the PCC documents, a business case and authority to proceed were completed and approved, and a technical spec produced for a tender which was submitted to the market on July 8 that offered six weeks for final submission.

The PCC documents also show that a budget is required to ensure resource is available for the design, review of tender returns and the implementation of the solution. A technical consultant will also be needed to review North Yorkshire Police’s requirements and to undertake a review of the winning bidder’s proposal. Finally voice and data engineers will be required for implementation of a bidder’s solution, covering a period from September 2016 to March 2017.

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