National procurement framework saves police forces £6m

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Police forces across the UK have made combined savings of £6 million, according to the National Policing Improvement Agency after deploying its Identity Access Management national framework.

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The framework has helped forces to buy the hardware, software and maintenance support to set up IAM, a more efficient and centrally managed electronic sign-on system.

The NPIA negotiated a deal with Siemens Enterprise Communications so forces could buy equipment at a reduced cost. Using the framework to set up IAM is designed to save each force on average around £150,000.

Andy Clark, head of public sector at Siemens, said: “The IAM programme and associated framework has delivered common, secure and streamlined information sharing processes accompanied by large scale cost savings.

“These savings are rooted in streamlined national level procurement and flexible managed service options for subscribers.”

The IAM is also used to share information on the Police National Database, the national fingerprint database and a computerised accident recording system.

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