Introducing the Interoperability for policing initiative

techUK are launching an initiative to promote software interoperability and data sharing across police systems. Today many police systems are built and bought as standalone systems, with police having to cut & paste data to move it between them. Regardless of how “all encompassing” a solution becomes, there will always be a requirement to seamlessly move data to & from other systems, often not core police systems. 

As we move more & more towards a cloud IT world, with greater amounts of data available, there are numerous examples springing up in other industries of ecosystems of applications that each do their own thing well, but can share data with other applications designed for different use cases. In the policing world this could be something as simple as a case management system able to share data with a visualisation and analysis system. It could equally be a command & control system able to talk to the record management system to directly query and record a crime reference number. 

techUK have setup a working group to allow the IT industry to help facilitate this for Police. We are holding an initial meeting at techUK’s office in London at 9:30am on the 17th May, to help shape how this working group will work going forwards. Ian Bell (CEO of the Police ICT Company) will be in attendance and is supportive of this initiative. We would like as many of our members, especially software suppliers, to join us at this initial meeting to discuss ideas for how to take this forward. Following on from this meeting we will look for volunteers to join the working group, with a view to shaping the future of interoperability for police IT. 

The initial idea is that we would define 3 tiers of membership or accreditation: 

  1. Supplier registers an intent with techUK to provide a documented set of bi-directional  interfaces for their software, by a specific date. 
  2. Supplier certifies that they now provide a documented set of bi-directional interfaces, freely available for anyone who wants to deposit and retrieve data from their system 
  3. A (police) client working with a different software supplier certifies that the software interworks in practice to share data 

This is only the starting point and some work will be done to define how this will work in future. We’re keen to explore ways that minimise the efforts required for suppliers and that don’t dictate cumbersome standards become debated at length by committee, but instead allow an ecosystem of willing participants to enable easy movement of data between systems 

Please join us at 9:30am on the 17th May to become part of this exciting future for Police IT. 

  • Jessica Russell

    Jessica Russell

    Programme Manager | Justice and Emergency Services
    T 020 7331 2031

Share this

FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Today's guest blogs by @Arm and @bt_uk on Accountability and Explainability mark the final day of our… https://t.co/4wT7YQLmrZ
Great news! techUK has exceeded its fundraising target for @crisis_uk at the #DigitalEthics summit. Thank you to th… https://t.co/zqxxbB3UcR
ICYMI we were lucky enough to have Elizabeth Denham @ICOnews deliver her keynote via video to the delegates at our… https://t.co/eEB19b6HCZ
Read @Natterbox's @imoyse guest blog for #techUK discussing the future of cloud adoption in policy and business her… https://t.co/JXDfMJL0Ke
Do you need to present and communicate, sell, influence, overcome objections and shift mindsets? If yes, Storytelli… https://t.co/1OpWVNXEVO
On 13 January 2020 as part of techUK's emerging & transformative technologies work we will be launching our Drones… https://t.co/1S1DPqWqmg
If you’re an SME and supply to the public sector then we want to hear from you! Complete our GovTech SME Survey and… https://t.co/gp1z1M6jZg
Check out this guest blog by #techUK Skills & Diversity Council member @astrid_mehrtens of @AptumTech exploring ho… https://t.co/GYIy52nhaX
Become a Member
×

Become a techUK Member

By becoming a techUK member we will help you grow through:

Click here to learn more...