Mobile CCU key part of Olympic Games policing

British Transport Police’s (BTP) latest mobile command and control unit (CCU) has been equipped with a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure.

Dec 1, 2011
By Paul Jacques
PC Alannah Mulhall and PC Joseph Gerrard with Policing Minister Dame Diana Johnson DBE

British Transport Police’s (BTP) latest mobile command and control unit (CCU) has been equipped with a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure.

The first of two CCUs to be commissioned, it will provide a tactical Silver Command solution and ensure preparedness for all civil contingencies throughout the South East. The two vehicles will form a key part of the plans for the Olympic Games in 2012 and will also be deployed at large-scale public events.

Key features include:

•Roof-mounted transportable satellite enabling real-time sharing of voice, data and video information;  
•A multi-purpose computer system with on board 3G, GPS tracking, dual-video output, WiFi and four camera digital video recording unit;
•External, mast-mounted infra-red CCTV camera for evidential and review purposes. Large flat screen monitors enable Silver Command staff at the scene of an incident to view TV news and live video images transmitted into the vehicle from the external camera; and
•A large touchscreen display installed under a detachable awning for outdoor briefing sessions.

The technology was supplied by Primetech and director Henry Walker said: “Integrated communications technology is crucial for delivering interoperability and never will this be more important than for next year’s Olympics.”

Primetech worked in conjunction with Kinetic Special Vehicles and a team from BTP comprising the central operations unit, vehicle fleet management department, IT and communications departments.

Graham Tillett, BTP fleet manager, said the new mobile CCU will enable BTP to better serve the railway community and improve public and industry confidence in its work.

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