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Met critical data centres contract

The Metropolitan Police (Met) has awarded the management of two of its critical data centres to Keysource. The Met identified efficient IT as a key enabler in its One Met ‘transformation programme’ to deliver its ‘20:20:20’ strategic priority – to decrease key crimes by 20 per cent, increase public confidence by 20pc and decrease costs by 20pc.

The secure, available and scalable data centres house critical Met IT systems supporting services such as emergency service communications which handle an average of 6,000 emergency (999) and 15,000 non-emergency calls every day, automatic number plate recognition which captures over 38 million plates daily and the recently introduced body-worn video cameras as worn by officers.

The contract award is designed to support a number of Met objectives including: modernising its IT while reducing costs; improving efficiency; maintaining resilience, and saving energy. A key aspect of the service is collaboration within the multi-supplier ecosystem, to deliver end-to-end services to the Met. This includes the transformation of existing services as well as the ongoing delivery of new services.

As the Data Centre Management Service (DCMS) provider Keysource is managing assets, capacity, efficiency, certification and compliance, as well as taking responsibility for delivery management and physical security management including access to site, data hall and racks. Operational services including M&E testing and maintenance scheduling, IT smart hands service, Data cabling and IT decommissioning and commissioning services are also part of the remit.

Chris Naylor, Director of Digital Policing at the Met, said: “We are delighted to have Keysource as a specialist provider in Data Centre managed services and look forward to working with them as part of our multi supplier delivery model to deliver real benefits to the organization and to the public.”

And Mike West, Managing Director at Keysource, said: “Keysource are delighted to partner with an organisation recognised for their proud history and who are a symbol of excellence around the world. Being selected to support technology requirements which will enable the MPS to improve services and meet the needs of a changing London is a testament to the expertise of our team.”

Jon Healy, DCMS Solution Architect, said; “It was important for the team to gain an intimate understanding of the service requirements, tower operating model and how this underpins the strategic objective of the programme. This enabled us to design a service which was completely aligned with the MPS requirements, built on industry standards and practices, with the agility to support the MPS’s evolving critical environment estate.”


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