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Met cops shop for £150m IT system. Must have: Data centre ops

Nice to have: Homicide, kidnap, surveillance processing

London's Met Police is seeking a supplier for a 10-year contract for an integrated IT system worth up to £150m in its latest attempt to update its clunky technology.

That system is intended to be a commercial off-the-shelf solution that will boost coppers' operational policing via a system that manages all their end-to-end policing processes in relation to investigation, detention (custody), intelligence and case management.

The deal comes as the Met was recently forced to can its command and control IT system for handling 999 calls due to major delays with the programme.

The Register also recently revealed that the force has spent more than £100m on 37 technology projects that have been either stopped or need to be "corrected" as part of its "project cull" strategy.

The force is also in the middle of a major overhaul of its expensive IT contracts, having opted for a "risky" outsourcing model to cut costs.

According to the tender, the latest integrated IT contract has one mandatory option – to install and operate the solution from MPS nominated data centres – and another "desirable" option that includes the provision of secure data centre hosting.

The Met is also keen that suppliers can integrate with its future Met Integrated Policing Solution Platform. As such, it may be seeking additional functionality for homicide, kidnap and surveillance processes, and biometric future capabilities.

Tender responses or requests to participate in the contract have to be in on May 6, with invitations to tender or to participate expected to be despatched on May 24. ®

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