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Fire Alarm Notification for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing uses ProcessFlows SMS Technology

The ProcessFlows Text Message Server (TMS) platform was chosen by Fireco, manufacturers and installers of wireless fire safety products, as the text messaging gateway for their new Deaf Message Service (DMS) fire notification solution for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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Government Must Look to Procurement to Avoid Frontline Cuts

Procurement specialist xynergie has called for Government savings announced in the Spending Review [Oct 20th 2010] to be achieved through improving procurement efficiencies, rather than by cutting frontline services.

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Third Horizon Perspective

The emerging agreements as part of the spending review set out a clear financial expectation (required quantum and phasing of spending reduction). The challenge is to commute the expectation into practice without an unnecessary degradation in ‘front-line services’. Third Horizon experience confirms the following will be necessary:

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Improved IT attracts students looking for access to the best resources

With over 22,000 students, 800 teaching staff and 800 visiting lecturers, the University of Westminster prides itself on the ability to offer the best resources to facilitate learning. Undergraduates make up 75 per cent of students and more than 5,000 are international students from over 150 countries. Westminster is in the top 15 of most popular UK universities for international students and continuing to attract over-seas students is an important business driver for the organisation.

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Two Manchester businesswomen launch a one stop shop for the Public Sector

The northern launch of publicsectorknowhow.co.uk took place at the city of Manchester stadium in October. The business, ambitiously described as, -the best thing to happen to the public sector this year, marks a new era of co-operation and collaboration which will help safeguard the future of public services by encouraging them to change practices and performance, and by connecting skills, experience and contacts.

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National security strategy emphasises need for coordinated approach to counter-terrorism

London, 18 Oct 2010 – Britain has published it’s National Security Strategy (NSS) which aims to inform thinking and drive policy over coming years. The document categorises threats faced by the nation in tiers highlighting the level of severity, outlines actions to be taken to mitigate such threats and formed the background to the Strategic Defence Review (SDR).

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Ambulance service harassing photographers

It’s been just two months since the country’s police officers were told by their bosses to stop harassing press photographers. Now we have AMBULANCE crews trying it instead. Editor Stuart Littleford was out filming with cameraman Paul Bridgeman in Manchester city centre on Saturday night and took shots of a man being put into an ambulance.

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Nuclear secrets revealed after unencrypted USB stick found in Cumbria hotel room

18th October 2010 – Reports are coming in that an unencrypted USB stick – apparently containing details on the Sellafield nuclear site’s operations – was found by a coach driver in a Cumbria hotel room. And, says Credant Technologies, the endpoint data security specialist, it seems that the USB stick contained details of the nuclear firm’s proposed workforce transfer from its Capenhurst operation in Cheshire to uranium specialist Urenco.one.

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Contempt of Court law prevents 'trial by media'… but what does that really mean?

Take great care when issuing a comment, or making a statement, if legal proceedings are involved. You could interfere with the course of justice, or prejudice a trial.

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MODERNISING POLICING

7th December 2010, The Barbican, London

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Quango cull will reduce democratic accountability of state

Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that the Government will abolish 192 public bodies, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: -Of course over time some quangos come to the end of their useful life, just as new ones are needed.

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Tardis-style kiosk lands in Preston

A TARDIS-STYLE kiosk, which will provide residents with information and crime prevention advice, has landed in Preston city centre. Funded by the Safer Lancashire Board and Lancashire County Council, the kiosk is situated on Fishergate, outside the Cotswold Outdoor store.

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PASSWORD TEEN JAILED

A TEEN who refused to give police officers an encryption password for his computer has been jailed for four months. The case is believed to be the first of its kind in Lancashire. Oliver Drage, 19, formerly of Naze Lane, Freckleton, was arrested in May 2009.

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Radio Tactics Solutions Reduce Crime in Devon and Cornwall

Radio Tactics Ltd, a leading global provider of mobile phone forensics equipment is proud to announce that police in Devon and Cornwall have successfully reduced crime rates by implementing Radio Tactics’ products. Since purchasing the Hermes and Apollo property registration and identification devices; the Devon and Cornwall force has reduced property burglary by 80% in Torbay, previously the region’s hotspot.

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