Capita expands command and control capability

Capita’s secure information solutions business has acquired Gosport-based Fortek Computers, specialists in command, control and communications systems to the emergency services.

May 31, 2012
By Paul Jacques
Chief Constable Andy Marsh

Capita’s secure information solutions business has acquired Gosport-based Fortek Computers, specialists in command, control and communications systems to the emergency services.

Fortek’s broad customer base includes UK and international customers in the emergency services market.

Its solutions deliver the full range of functionalities that support all control room operations from call taking, resource availability and incident management, through to fielding out data securely to frontline staff despatched to an incident.

The acquisition of Fortek will complement Capita’s recent acquisitions of Beat Systems and Cedar HR and enhance its existing command, control and communication solutions.

Founder of Fortek, George Godliman, will remain with the organisation and also join the board of Capita’s secure information solutions business.

“Capita and Fortek have worked closely together for a number of years, most recently on a successful programme in Wales to provide a resilient, networked solution to the three Welsh Fire and Rescue Services control rooms,” said Craig Rodgerson, director, Capita’s secure information solutions business.

“In the current economic climate we anticipate a growing trend in these types of arrangements between emergency services control rooms. By joining together our next generation solutions we are well-placed to support shared service models and enable inter-agency communications and data exchange.

“Our capability will also support the broader requirement to facilitate an interoperable solution for all emergency services in the UK.”

Fortek has approximately 65 employees based at its headquarters in Gosport and offices in Mansfield.

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