Integrated Communication Control System (ICCS) Server Upgrade

Reference code: 
PCD 124
Date signed: 
26 January 2017
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This paper seeks approval to purchase servers to upgrade the obsolescent hardware in the Integrated Communication Control System (ICCS) Business As Usual (BAU) operational environmental at a cost of £1.47m. This is to be funded from a virement of £470k from the Information Management Programme in the existing capital programme in 2016/17 and £1m in 2017/18.


The DMPC is asked to approve the purchase of server upgrade for the obsolescent hardware in the Integrated Communication Control System (ICCS) Business As Usual (BAU) operational environment at a cost of £1.47m.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    The current hardware of the ICCS/CCTV system has been in operation since 2006. This creates a serious risk of operational failure due to the ageing hardware. The MPS has recently experienced two power failures. There is also the added issue that the hardware does not support future upgrades due to its obsolesce.

1.2.    Frequentis, the ICCS supplier will be carrying out a technology refresh of all sites that are central to the ICCS and where any failure to the system could be critical.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    There is a Home Office (HO) requirement for the MPS to integrate the ICCS to the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) (the HO replacement for the current Airwave). The ESN is dependent upon this ICCS upgrade. The server upgrade is also a pre-requisite of the future upgrade work necessary to allow the MPS to achieve Code of Connection (CoCo) to the Direct Network Service Provider which allows the ICCS connectivity with the ESN. Without CoCo accreditation the MPS will not be able to migrate to the ESN, once the HO terminates Airwave.

2.2.    These are discussed in the Part 2. 

3.    Financial Comments

3.1    The requested spend of £1.47m is not in the approved Capital Plan. The cost of £470k in 2016/17 will be met from underspends in the Information Management budget. For 2017/18 the cost of £1m can be met from the forecast underspend of £16m within Management Information.

3.2    The MPS will be revising the Capital Plan to reflect the above spend and will submit this early in 2017. This will allow for this increase spend while staying within the originally agreed limits for the Capital Plan.

3.3    There are no revenue implications associated with this proposal. The replacement server hardware will continue to be supported through the existing support contract. 

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    The route to market for this proposal will be via a change request through the existing BAU support contracts for the ICCS.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    There are no direct equality or diversity implications arising from this report

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1.    None.

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