The Metropolitan Police has issued a tender for IT services, in a deal worth as much as £200m and which could last up to 17 years.
The first of its two procurement exercises includes a new 'command and control' solution, the provision of hosting facilities, and procurement of necessary hardware and related software.
The Official Journal of the European Union tender said the solution "would provide a computerised service for handling incoming calls (emergency, non-emergency and internal), dealing with incidents, supporting the operational handling of events, assigning and deploying resources, and providing data interactions with mobile devices".
It says the solution could extend to other associated technologies, such as voice and CCTV communications, in-car mobile devices, mobile telemetry and call routing from its public and internal networks.
The second procurement exercise will "cover systems integration of the chosen software with the operating environment, transition from the existing command and control solution, and the on-going operation and technical support of the overall solution".
The initial contract will be for a nine-year period, with the Metropolitan Police given the option to extend on two occasions, for periods of four years each time.