Telent has been awarded the contract to upgrade mobile communications across all 11 NHS Trusts in England.
According to a statement, the company will deliver the NHS Ambulance Radio Programme’s (ARP) mobile data vehicle solution (MDVS) initiative. This will involve the installation and support of “specially programmed and ruggedised Windows tablets,” as well smart vehicle routers.
Discussing the roll-out, a spokesperson for the company said: “[The deployment] will enable the in-vehicle communication capability needed for the National Mobilisation Application, which will provide a standard platform for control rooms to communicate with ambulances.”
Telent’s operations and services director, Barry Zielinski, said: “From our years of experience in delivering large scale emergency services projects, we have the necessary expertise, flexibility, scale and levels of security clearance to work with multiple Trusts, simultaneously. We can adapt our approach to each [organisation’s] individual needs, to ensure a smooth role out and a high level of service.”
ARP programme director, Ian Hough, said: “As a trusted provider of robust, reliable communications, Telent’s collaborative approach and experience ensured it was ideally placed to help us effectively replace the communications equipment within all English ambulances.”
Installation will take place across an estimated fleet of around 5,000 ambulances across England, with an option to also include Wales. The contract includes support for an initial five years, with the option to extend by a further two.