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1 November 2016

ESN: a long-term evolution or a game-changing revolution?

The Emergency Services Network (ESN) is one of the most technologically ambitious programmes in the government’s portfolio. From Kable’s research supporting the recent National Audit Office (NAO) report, it became clear that the UK has few peers when it comes to providing a long-term evolution (LTE) network by 2019 to replace a tried and tested radio network. It is a technology that should offer significant benefits to officers across all three emergency services, but it is a programme that is not without risk. Transitioning officers away from radios and on to mobile telephones is in line with the evolution of emergency services communications. With services’ investment in mobile policing, wearables and in-vehicle devices already under way, there is clearly an appetite for enhanced data capabilities, but under ESN, are officers ready to put all their eggs in one basket? For Kable’s work with the NAO, it identified a few other countries that are pursuing an LTE network for emergency services communications. However, of those ...

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