The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) has saved £6m over the past year using technology procured though its national framework for electronic sign-on systems.
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The framework deal with Siemens has enabled forces to buy the hardware, software and maintenance support to set up the agency's Identity Access Management (IAM), a centrally managed system which allows police officers to access the National Police Database using a unique password, smartcard or PIN.
Around 43 forces currently use the IAM and have saved an average of £150,000. Total costs of the contracts are estimated to be tens of thousands of pounds, said the NPIA.
Graham Dunn, NPIA programme manager for IAM, said the IAM will lead to better sharing of information among police organisations and procurement efficiencies.
"The IAM framework agreement provides a great example for how other public organisations and their partners may achieve national or regional-level agreements to deliver a step change in operational savings and collaboration," he said.
The National Police Database is the first application the IAM has been used with, but the NPIA intends to use the IAM across all national policing applications.
Talks have begun to use it on IDENT, the national fingerprint database, and integration is almost complete on CRASH, a computerised accident recording system.
The IAM platform is provided as a managed service, enabling users to scale their subscription to their monthly operational budgets and maintain cost controls, with a deploy time for 12-month to 10-year contract periods.
Last month, the NPIA announced plans to set up a central electronic marketplace for police authorities to buy goods and services through approved contracts.