DD2369 City Operations team – data platforms

Type of decision: 
Director's decision
Date signed: 
02 July 2019
Decision by: 
Emma Strain, Assistant Director for External Relations

Executive summary

A new City Operations team has been established within the Greater London Authority (GLA) to provide a situational awareness capability. To deliver a first alert capability, access to data platforms is required. The cost is anticipated to be up to £150,000.


That the Executive Director of Communities and Intelligence approves:

Expenditure of up to £150,000 for ten licences for access to data platforms for the City Operations team.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

The Mayor has an important, strategic role in leading and communicating on events that affect the life of Londoners in all respects - transport, social, health, business, security etc. This responsibility has been especially important when a major disruptive incident has occurred. In such circumstances Londoners expect to hear from the leader of the city and it is critical that the Mayor has at his disposal the most accurate and current information to enable him to speak with authority and lead London in a crisis situation.

A new City Operations team has been established to provide a situational awareness capability with the ability to identify, process, analyse and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening and turn this information into actionable intelligence.

As part of the permanent establishment of the team, there is a need to access data platforms with the ability to analyse open source data. It was always envisaged there would be costs associated with the delivery capability of the new team.

Objectives and expected outcomes

These licences will form part of the day-to-day operations of the team.

Equality comments

The GLA is aware of its duties under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. It must have due regard to the Public Sector Equality Duty, namely the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010, and to advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic (race, disability, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment) and persons who do not share it, and foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it. The potential impacts of purchasing these data platform licences have been considered, and no adverse impact is expected on equalities issues or any people with relevant protected characteristics under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010.

Other considerations

No risks or issues have been identified.

This work of the new team is linked to the Mayor’s responsibilities as a Category One responder as defined under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

Financial comments

This decision seeks approval to spend up to £150,000 in 2019-20 on licences for the City Operations team which will be funded from the Directorate Programme reserve.

Funding for licences for future years will be secured via the forthcoming GLA budget-setting process.

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