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South Yorkshire Police adopts unified comms platform

Antony Savvas

South Yorkshire Police is deploying a Siemens SIP-based unified communications softswitch system to converge its voice and data network applications.

The system, using the Siemens OpenPath Transform methodology, will provide a smooth transition to IP telephony across 90 sites, tailor-made to the requirements of the police force.

The software-based platform will lay the foundations for the force to easily add unified communications applications. It was chosen for its compatibility with the existing infrastructure, and its cost and productivity benefits.

As an open communications system, it will reduce the management costs and complexity of communications for the force.

The core softswitch server hardware will be hosted at two Sheffield facilities to ensure resiliency.

South Yorkshire Police recently implemented a new data network and selected the Siemens HiPath 8000 technology to converge voice and data.

"Selecting the HiPath 8000 is the first significant procurement of an IP telephony system," said Kevin Battersby, network manager at South Yorkshire Police.

"We wanted to maximise our return on our data network investment by adding IP voice capability, which is critical to our operations. Bringing voice into this environment will considerably reduce costs, both in telephony, management and administration outlays."





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