Cross agency data sharing trial

Gloucestershire Police will be the first force in the UK to test a new software system designed to improve data sharing and management across agencies at major incidents.

Oct 4, 2007
By David Howell
L-R: Alison Lowe, John Robins, chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, and Mayor Tracy Brabin

Gloucestershire Police will be the first force in the UK to test a new software system designed to improve data sharing and management across agencies at major incidents.

The new system will be trialled for three months to test its viability to enable Gloucestershire Police and the Highways Agency to share information on incidents on the M5.

Stuart Ashdown, Gloucestershire Police’s Command and Control applications manager, said: “It will involve a direct communication link between our main control centre in Gloucestershire and the Highways Agency’s regional control centre in Bristol. We have disparate systems.

“The Highways Agency works with the NSPIS command and control system and we use the Stratus command and control system.”

The new system is called Collaborator and will be supplied by Extent Software. The system enables each participating organisation to send and receive incident reports and subsequent updates efficiently between officers. The new software can also provide a complete audit trail so any officer can see how the incident has progressed

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