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The Met nabs Microsoft for its UK data-centres

David Bicknell Published 01 December 2016

Metropolitan Police Service to store body-worn video content from its site in Microsoft’s UK data-centres on the Azure platform


The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is to use Microsoft’s UK data centres to store content from its digital evidence management solution.

It will store the material as part of the world’s largest rollout of body-worn video for frontline officers with all the content being stored on Microsoft’s Azure platform.

The solution, which is being provided by Microsoft’s partner Axon, is intended to ensure that officers are able to attach cameras to their uniforms, with the capability to record the entire duration of their shift. The amount of body worn video evidence stored usually amounts to around 20 minutes per officer per day with 22,000 officers across all 32 London boroughs now in scope to use the Axon-Microsoft solution.

The use of the Microsoft UK datacentres follows a pilot scheme which saw a 93% reduction rate of complaints made against police who were wearing body-worn video.

"With the rollout of body-worn video, the Metropolitan Police Service is now a world leader in the use of technology as part of our daily commitment to not only help us fight crime but to help the Met become more accountable. The technology will also show our officers at their best, dealing with difficult and dangerous situations every day," said Superintendent Adrian Hutchinson, from the MPS.

"Partnering with Axon the MPS has selected Microsoft Azure as we believe their UK data residency and transparency around secure data management offers both the public and the police service reassurance that this technology is being used effectively to support the prosecution of offenders, the safeguarding of private information and build confidence in policing."

“When it comes to collecting evidence via body-worn video that will help safeguard the public and protect our police forces, the need to store masses of information securely yet ensure it is accessible by authorised personnel is paramount,” says Nicola Hodson, general manager, marketing & operations, Microsoft UK. “We are delighted that the Metropolitan Police Service has recognised that Microsoft’s UK data centres and Azure platform are the perfect enablers of this service and we look forward to supporting the expansion of this scheme, which has the real potential to reduce crime across the London area.”

Hutchinson said the Met had procured the solution using a Midlands-based procurement framework and urged greater collaboration between police forces to get the most cost-effective solutions.

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