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Unified communications network for South Yorkshire Police

Siemens Enterprise Communications : 18 April, 2008  (Application Story)
HiPath 8000 from Siemens enables police force in South Yorkshire to transform to IP telephony and integrate its communications infrastructure.
South Yorkshire Police has selected the Siemens HiPath 8000 SIP-Based Unified Communications softswitch to converge its voice and data network applications. The solution, using the Siemens OpenPath 'Transform' methodology, will provide a smooth transition to IP telephony across 90 sites, tailor-made to the requirements of the public sector organisation. The software-based platform will lay the foundations for the Force to easily add unified communications applications. It was chosen for its compatibility with the existing infrastructure, its unrivalled cost and productivity benefits.

The HiPath 8000 fits neatly within the Force's data centre strategy and will centralise the communications management for 5,500 users in the South Yorkshire region. As an open communications system, it will also reduce the management costs and complexity of communications for the Force. The core softswitch server hardware will be hosted at two Sheffield facilities to ensure resiliency, and will have flexibility to support potential growth of up to 100,000 users.

South Yorkshire Police recently implemented a new data network and selected the HiPath 8000 to converge voice and data, saving money for the public sector organisation, by making networking more efficient. The solution's advanced functionality will ensure a smooth migration and investment protection for its existing applications, without causing South Yorkshire Police any disruption.

"Selecting the HiPath 8000 is the first significant procurement of an IP telephony solution by the Police," said Kevin Battersby, network manager at South Yorkshire Police. "We wanted to maximise our return on our data network investment by adding IP voice capability, which is critical to our operations. Bringing voice into this environment will considerably reduce costs, both in telephony, management and administration outlays. Siemens offered a solution that was not only resilient and feature-rich, but the most competitive in price."

David Leighton, Director, Public Sector at Siemens Enterprise Communications commented, "The HiPath 8000 SIP-based solution that South Yorkshire Police has invested in provides highly scalable secure IP telephony across the entire force. They also have the ability to easily add unified communications applications where they will generate most benefit. We are seeing an increasing number of public sector bodies adopting our software based communications propositions to converge their networks, allowing them to provide the highest levels of service for their citizens."
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