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Multimillion pound contract for Frequentis

8. November 2007

EADS Defence & Security Systems Ltd (EADS DS) has signed a multimillion pound contract with Frequentis AG to provide nine resilient networked Integrated Communications & Control systems (ICCS) for England´s national Fire and Rescue Services.   

The contract will be delivered over a period of five years for completion in 2012, and will include a comprehensive support package for the life of the system.

FiReControl – National Network of Regional Control Centres

There are currently 46 fire control rooms operated by Fire and Rescue Authorities across England, and the FiReControl project will create nine networked regional control centres (RCCs) all using the same new technology, systems and processes. This will increase the resilience of England’s Fire and Rescue Service and its capacity to handle major emergencies by providing a linked network capable of automatically diverting calls to the next available control centre operator nationwide. The new control centres will be integrated with the new Firelink digital radio system.

Extensive experience

EADS DS, the prime contractor, leads a consortium that has extensive experience of working with both the Fire and Rescue Service in the UK and the emergency services abroad. Frequentis is the key subcontractor for the ICCS networked platform having supplied a number of similar systems in the UK for the Royal Air Force, Network Rail NATS, and most recently the largest Police system in the world for the Metropolitan Police Service across London . This later reference resulted in a first, with Frequentis being awarded a Commendation by the Metropolitan Police Service for outstanding performance in its delivery on this project, delivered in just over two years. John Gurney, Managing Director Frequentis UK stated “Our further successes with both Essex and West Sussex Fire & Rescue services provided the references to establish Frequentis credibility within the UK fire services.”