The Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (Mopac) has formally issued a contract notice to tender for the supply of network services to the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) digital

policing function.

The two-lot procurement forms part of the Met’s Total Technology strategy, which was set up to implement a service integrator and management (SIAM) and tower model to deliver ICT services across the MPS.

“The key drivers for MPS’s future supplier contracts include: improved service performance/more flexibility and greater agility; speed to market, innovation and service standardisation; clearer supplier management; cost control and savings; but, above all else, access to the latest technology that can help us realise our transformation targets,” said MPS network tower lead Martin Farncombe.

Lot A of the network tower element covers wide and local area networks, telephony, inter-network gateways, and co-ordination of other suppliers on the network tower, including suppliers for services that do not form part of the procurement – such as mobile voice and data.

Lot B, meanwhile, will address the provision and management of a call routing system to support both emergency and non-emergency calls.

Mopac said it would award either two contracts across both lots, or a separate contract in respect of each lot, depending on responses. Altogether it will be worth between £100m and £240m across its five-year lifespan, depending on the growth of bandwidth use during the time period. Options to extend for two consecutive years will also be built in.

Under the controversial tower model, the contract or contracts will be overseen, integrated, managed and monitored by the MPS’ SIAM supplier, which is the subject of a separate bidding process, although note that this does not necessarily mean that the successful bidder on Lot A will be barred from becoming the SIAM supplier.

Suppliers will be able to submit tenders and requests to participate until 16 October 2015, with invitations to move forward expected in mid-December.

It was revealed over the summer that supplier and industry engagement on the procurement exercise would be carried out by public sector networking association Innopsis, formerly PSNGB.

Innopsis has already been working with the MPS to identify and open discussions with suppliers thought likely to take part in the procurement. According to Innopsis managing director Mike Thomas, this was to ensure the current exercise “sets realistic expectations of the supplier community but also delivers what the user needs”.