HOLMES 2 on the Road
15 Jan 2007 IDOL Seminar October 2006 
23 Apr 2002 ACPO 2002: 13-16 May___(past)
IDOL Seminar October 2006  Return to the top of the page

HOLMES 2 seminars were held on 9th and 11th October 2006. The purpose of the seminars was to provide Forces with an introduction to the latest product set from Autonomy (IDOL), which is integrated into HOLMES 2 v11 and replaces DRE. A demonstration of the product was shown at the seminars in order to convey the enhanced functionality available to the HOLMES 2 end-user and system administrator. The occasion also give HOLMES 2 Users an opportunity to ask any questions they had regarding the launch of IDOL and the subsequent implementation.

The presentation used at the Seminars is attached.  

IDOL Presentation

If you have any questions, please contact us by email holmes2mailbox@unisys.com.

ACPO 2002: 13-16 May Return to the top of the page

NEC Birmingham

At ACPO 2002, Unisys will be addressing some of the key issues facing the UK Criminal Justice System. Delegates will have the opportunity to see presentations on Non-emergency Call Services, Identification Cards, Remote access to data & Disaster Victim Identification.

NB. One presentation will be made by Unisys on each day, and none will be repeated. The final timetable for presentations can now be viewed on the ACPO website, or directly by clicking here.

Non-emergency call handling is topical right now. The emergency services are at full stretch and need the relief of non-emergency calls being handled effectively elsewhere. The non-emergency service establishes a single point of contact between a city and its citizens. By implementing a non-emergency system, citizens can make calls reporting abandoned cars, water main leaks and cats stuck up trees more efficiently and bypass the 999 system.

Depending on the reason for the call, the request or issue is entered, processed and routed to the appropriate department, and subsequently tracked to ensure follow-up or completion all without using the valuable resources of the 999 system.

Non-emergency centres are able to yield the following benefits: Fewer 999 calls, centralised call-taking operations, improved neighbourhood-oriented government and improved optimisation of resources.

The recently published document 'Policing a New Century: A Blueprint for Reform' has provoked discussion on how Police can spend more time on the beat. Remote access to data will greatly assist in achieving this. For example, no longer would a police officer have to return to the station to compile reports from the scene of an incident. Reports could be compiled at the scene and be transmitted it remotely to a centralised data base and the officer can then continue on his shift.

This will have three main benefits to the Police Service. Firstly, data is made available to officers much more quickly. Secondly, it will significantly reduce unproductive time (such as traveling back to the station to compile a report) and thirdly, Police will be in the field more often thus increasing public confidence.

The Unisys DVI system collects, cross-references, manages and analyses records of the dead, injured and uninjured to assist police and emergency services teams in expediting accurate reporting of disaster victims. Elements of the DVI system were used by The Metropolitan Police Service to help identify the British citizens involved in the recent World Trade Centre attacks.

The idea of identity cards raises the hackles of many within society. The idea of national identity cards in the UK is viewed by many as too Orwellian for a freethinking nation. The idea of the government having personal data to hand - and, indeed, handing that information to the police, social services and the military - is a daunting one.

That said, however, there is a coherent argument that, if applied correctly, using the right verification and identification techniques, such measures can actually make security and benefits delivery less of a Big Brother problem and leave citizens with greater civil liberties and a society that is safer and less prone to fraud. One of the keys to making this happen is biometrics.

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