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Innopsis to lead MET Police network procurement engagement

Neil Merrett Published 01 July 2015

Association hopes to ensure procurement better meets user needs, while also setting realistic expectations for suppliers when it goes to market in the autumn


The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has selected the Public Services Network (PSN) trade association Innopsis to lead a series of supplier and industry engagements for its upcoming network procurement exercise.

Set to go to market in the autumn, the Metropolitan Police's network procurement exercise forms part of its wider Total Technology Programme Infrastructure (TTPi) plan to divide the force's technology needs into separate towers.

The network tower procurement, valued between £100m and £150m, is scheduled to become operational at the end of 2016 and will be the focus of Innopsis' engagement work, with an initial briefing having already been held on June 17.

The network agreement is expected to cover the numerous communication needs of the MPS, including WAN, LAN, telephony, gateways, emergency (999) call handling, secure networks, analogue, CCTV networks and mobile & voice data services.

The association said that by working directly with the MPS it hoped to ensure the procurement exercise sets out realistic expectations of the supplier community as well as ensuring user needs are better met.

Martin Farncombe, who is leading the network tower procurement for the force, said the strategy was built upon lessons learned from previous purchase exercises it had undertaken.

"The key drivers for MPS' future supplier contracts include: improved service performance/more flexibility and greater agility; speed to market, innovation and service standardisation; clearer supplier management; cost control and savings, but above all else access to the latest technology that can help us realise our transformation targets," he said.

Innopsis managing director Mike Thomas added that the pre-market engagement on network needs would provide the MPS with an opportunity to work directly with the majority of suppliers likely to participate in the procurement.

Thomas added that after its initial engagement last month, additional sessions were now being planned with key themes expected to be based around the scope of the exercise, along with the bundling together of services and identifying conditions that add cost, but little benefit.

He said that Innopsis provided engagement exercises as a free service to the Public Sector that in turn benefits its members and other suppliers from having a procurement the industry can better respond to.

"The customer benefits from a competitive procurement rather than one slanted to one type of organisation or another," he said. "We can also help identify where cost can be taken out before the procurement stage, when it is much more difficult due to procurement law. The OJEU is planned for publication in the autumn of this year."

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