- Simon to help represent the needs of SMEs so often overlooked in public sector procurement in emergency services
techUK is the UK’s leading technology membership organisation, representing its 850+ members across the UK. techUK works collaboratively with government and others to champion the needs of the UK technology sector and provide expert guidance and insight for the industry.
The techUK Justice & Emergency Services (JES) Programme has 280 members who are represented by the JES Management Committee (JESMC), a group of 13 representatives who work together to oversee the strategic leadership and direction of the programme. The JESMC is chaired by Allan Fairley MD of Public Safety at Accenture, with Natalie Coaten, Client Executive for Home Office and Police at IBM as Vice Chair.
Commenting on his reasons for joining the committee, Simon Hall said, “I hope that through my membership I can help to represent the voices of the many SMEs that deliver innovation and value to the public sector every day. Alongside my SME colleagues on the committee, I will use my voice to raise awareness of the various challenges faced by SMEs in this sector, particularly the various procurement barriers that are so commonly reported which hold back the innovation of frontline emergency services.”
“I firmly believe that SMEs should be playing a much bigger role in the Emergency Services sector than they currently do, and that the public sector also wants them to participate more. The challenge is not a lack of desire from the public sector, but of systemic barriers which stand in the way, such as procurement rounds being unnecessarily lengthy, the necessity to participate in frameworks that rarely deliver a return on investment, to business terms that are simply too risky for SMEs to agree to.”
Simon Hall is the CEO and co-founder of PoliceBox, a frontline digital mobility platform that enables frontline officers to complete the majority of their tasks from within one, intuitive app. PoliceBox can help officers save up to 80% of their time on specific tasks. The cloud-based PoliceBox® mobility platform helps forces to take back control, empowering frontline officers to capture, report and gather intelligence from a single portal on their smartphone or other mobile device.
PoliceBox digitises virtually hundreds of day-to-day frontline processes, including:
- Establishing identity on the move using biometrics.
- Using AI smart data capture technology to read common documents such as driving licences, ID cards, passports, vehicle number plates etc.
- Conducting searches across multiple force and national databases at once
- Taking witness statements, notes, issuing FPN’s with supporting pictures
- Interacting directly with Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management Systems (RMS)
About Simon Hall
Simon is the CEO of PoliceBox and Coeus Software. Under Simon’s leadership, PoliceBox has successfully evolved into a leading digital mobile workforce specialist that is transforming workplaces with its intelligent and award-winning platform. Simon has worked in the technology sector for over 30 years, starting his career in the BBC Transmitter Group. Prior to starting PoliceBox he founded HeliMedia, a provider of airborne intelligence, surveillance, and communications solutions to Policing.
About the techUK Justice and Emergency Services Management Committee
Currently the members of the Committee are:
- Allan Fairley | Accenture
- Natalie Coaten | IBM
JES Management Committee Members
- Neil Beet | AWS
- Sian Penny | BT
- Amy Hehir | Capgemini
- Jon Mottershead | Atos
- Simon Hall | Coeus Software
- Raj Singh | Innotatio
- Chris Sloan | Deloitte
- Gordon Scobbie | Yoti
- Justin Day | Cloud Gateway
- Robert Leach | RJS Consulting
- Jimmy Cockerton | Microsoft