London’s Metropolitan Police Service has successfully completed its first ‘end-to-end’ test receiving alarm signals via the new Echo hub. The test signals, originating from Banham Security’s Alarm Receiving Centre, were successfully transmitted into The Met’s own Control Room. This success follows the test by Essex Police which in November 2020 was the first police force in the UK to have successfully received and verified confirmed signals in this way.
Echo is going live early in 2021, offering a full service to any UK police force ready and able to be Echo-connected. It is expected Essex Police and the Met will be fully prepared to handle all their police response alarm signals via Echo by the Spring of 2021.
“We have been developing our capability to receive automated verified alarm signals from ARCs for some time,” said David Mair, Manager – Security Systems Unit, Metropolitan Police Service. “This proof of concept means all alarms with Met police response could be Echo-connected and in line for faster police response before the end of 2021.”
“We are delighted to see yet another successful milestone test for Echo,” added Martin Harvey, Director, Echo. “Connection to the MPS control room will enable a significant number of professionally installed and monitored alarm systems to be connected through the Echo hub further demonstrating the capabilities of the Echo platform handling signals from multiple Alarm Receiving Centres and transmitting them on to any number of Echo-connected police forces. 2021 is set to be a busy year for Echo, as more police forces are poised to connect to the service.”