BT will build a National Resilience Extranet (NRE) for the UK government, to help the fire, rescue and other resilience services to share information and communicate with each other during emergencies.
The NRE is expected to cover more than 1,000 organisations, including Category 1 & 2 Responders, government departments and agencies and other key organisations. The service, which is expected to go live in 2009, will be available on a subscription basis.
A browser-based collaborative working tool, the NRE will enable the parties to share information during routine planning as well as during emergencies in a secure environment. The service will also provide optional Emergency Information Management (EIM) and GIS capabilities.
John Stokoe, director of BT Global defence & security, said: “We are ideally placed to deliver this capability as we understand the obligations and responsibilities associated with emergency planning. BT is a Category 2 Responder and heads the telecommunications emergency response command chain.”