Delays to 4G ESN costing police £330m a year

Posted On: Sep 19, 2018   |   Posted By: TechRadar

Delays to 4G ESN costing police £330m a year

Police Forces across England and Wales are spending a combined £330 million a year to extend the life of old equipment due to delays in implementing the 4G-powered Emergency Services Network. A report from the National Audit Office noted that the project is now 18 months behind schedule, leaving forces reliant on updating the TETRA-powered Airwave radio system. The ESN forms part of a wider £1.3 billion programme to replace aging IT systems within the police, with the new £1 billion network expected to deliver 80 per cent of the expected savings.
ESN delays
In addition to being considerably cheaper to run than Airwave, the ESN will allow police forces, firefighters and ambulance crews to access data-rich applications that can improve service. The ESN is due to go live at the end of 2019 with more than 330,000 users. However, the project has been subject to frequent delays and the Public Accounts Committee has frequently expressed concerns that there isn't enough time to ensure that ESN is a...

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