APD Communications’ integrated command and control system (ICCS) Cortex has been officially certified for use with the Emergency Services Network. It is the first such solution to be accredited by the Network Approval Testing Service, otherwise known as NATS.

The solution brings together radio, telephony, CCTV and access control together on a single screen. According to APD, the software-only solution is already used to answer emergency calls, as well as communicating with front line responders, in more than 70 control rooms around the world.

Speaking of the certification, APD managing director Mike Isherwood said: “We’re delighted to gain this accreditation, which is the result of many months of work by our development teams and collaboration with the Home Office, emergency services organisations and our technology partners.

“We’re totally committed to ensuring existing and future customers are prepared for ESN, to ensure they experience a seamless transition and are able to maximise the benefits from this revolution in life-saving communications.”

APD technical manager and ESN lead, Sean Hancock, said: “Achieving this accreditation validates the highly-structured process we applied to this challenge. We built a dedicated team and infrastructure for the project, as well as an in-house test environment.

“The core functionality of Cortex is ready for ESN and provides further assurance to existing and future customers. It will deliver a business-as-usual transition to the new network. We can now focus on further features to deliver additional operational benefits, such as incorporating video streams into control rooms.”

The Emergency Services Network will provide UK public safety organisations with nation-wide LTE coverage, via the use of EE’s commercial broadband network. It will replace the current, TETRA-based, emergency services radio system Airwave.

NATS has been established by Motorola Solutions as part of the company’s role in delivering ESN user services.

Author: Philip Mason