Disclosure Details

Videoconferencing - 120/15

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:      04/02/15

Date of response:    19/02/15

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 4 Febuary 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

1. Please can you identify the number, make, model and location of videoconferencing systems that you have within the Force area. 
2. Please identify if your current network has a multipoint bridge and streaming capabilities and if so the makes and models of the equipment. 
3. Are your videoconferencing systems currently under a maintenance contract and on what date or dates does this expire? 
4. What is your annual spend on new systems and maintenance for existing systems? 
5. Who is you current Videoconferencing supplier for equipment and services? 
6. Who is responsible within the Force for the Videoconferencing network of systems? 
7. Has the organisation deployed Microsoft Lync/Office 365?  

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the IC&T Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. The force has a single (1) Polycom ViewStation unit (Model : PVS-16XX - SP) installed within the Headquarters building at Ponteland. In addition to this the force is licensed for Lync on a named user basis. 
2.It does not. 
4.  £0 
5.  Any web cameras, speakers etc will be purchased from suppliers on national framework agreements. The Force does not have a preferred supplier. 
6. Director of ICT 
7.The Force has deployed Lync to a number of desktop devices and will be continuing the rollout of this application during 2015.  

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us underour complaints procedure which can be found at:http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act. 


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