Clouds Enhance Public Safety For British Cities

on Wednesday, 29 July 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions partners with Skyscape Cloud Services to deliver cloud-based public safety solutions to UK government agencies

  • Faster to market deployment of smart public safety solutions
  • Cloud-based communications interoperability and command collaboration for public safety
  • Low to no CAPEX and planned operational expenses widens opportunities for smaller agencies

Basingstoke, England, July 29, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has partnered with Skyscape Cloud Services to significantly accelerate the cost-effective delivery of smart public safety solutions to UK government agencies via the cloud. Cloud computing solutions use a network of remote servers to store, manage and process data, using shared resources to achieve economies of scale. This agreement is set to advance mission-critical capabilities through cloud-delivered software as a service (SaaS) model, enhancing the abilities of public safety agencies of all sizes.

“We see the delivery of cloud-based public safety services as an absolute imperative,” said Andrew Gill, vice president, growth and alliances, Europe & North Africa, Motorola Solutions. “This partnership places us in a leading position to support government policy and initiatives such as Cloud First and the G-Cloud Framework, bringing secure communications interoperability, command and control collaboration, and a wealth of next-generation services to the front line where it is needed most.”

The UK government-operated G-Cloud program is an established mechanism for the delivery of cloud-based services. Partnering with Skyscape Cloud Services delivers immediate credibility and unmatched experience to establish a leading presence as a supplier of cloud-based products to government agencies. Motorola Solutions envisions the controlled operational expense of cloud-based delivery, with low to no upfront capital expenditure of multiple products and services such as:

WAVE Work Group Communications providing communications interoperability and broadband push-to-talk (PTT), delivering real-time voice and data securely over any network using any device

DragonForce for collaborative command and control, shared situational awareness and incident managementv

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Motorola Solutions, a like-minded organisation that is striving to bring innovative and cost-effective services to the UK public sector,” said Simon Hansford, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services. “With pressure on public finances set to continue, we look forward to supporting Motorola Solutions in delivering agile services to the public sector market and, ultimately, better value for British citizens and taxpayers.”

Skyscape’s extensive partner ecosystem will also be of value in further developing Motorola Solutions’ future offerings, both for use on G-Cloud and in future regional offerings.

About Skyscape Cloud Services

Skyscape’s assured cloud solutions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the UK public sector, delivering UK sovereign services that are easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave, with genuine pay-by-the-hour consumption models. As a UK SME, Skyscape has won a number of high-profile contracts via the G-Cloud Framework and through its large number of channel partners that embed Skyscape’s cloud platform in their solutions.

Skyscape’s full range of services are Pan Government Accredited (PGA) up to IL3, hence suitable for all data at OFFICIAL (including OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE) and connected to government networks including the Public Services Network (PSN), the N3 health network and others. Its services are delivered with leading technologies from the Skyscape Cloud Alliance Partners: QinetiQ, VMware, Cisco, EMC and Ark Data Centres.

Skyscape has been named a “Cool Vendor” by analyst firm, Gartner.