risual engaged with the UK Police Force to assist in the implementation of a shared Exchange Online environment, in order to provide calendar and contact sharing between the two forces and reduce the infrastructure required by the forces to provide their messaging service. One of the Police forces currently operate an Exchange infrastructure running Exchange Server 2007, the other are currently running an Exchange 2010 infrastructure. To support the requirements of the Exchange Online Hybrid design, there is a need to provide an identity in the shared Office 365 tenant for staff from both forces to use when accessing Exchange Online and other Azure AD based services. No other Police Force in the UK had delivered an Enterprise wide Exchange Online solution and as such there was no model to follow and no set standards.
Naturally, there is a great deal of security and preparation involved in this sort of project, with risual’s top consultants assisting on the migration. The project has not gone unnoticed with other UK Police Forces paying close attention to its success, as this deployment could be seen as a potential kick-starter for others to follow suit. risual engaged its team of experienced Consultants and Architects to design a solution that was both fit for purpose, leading edge and also met the needs of the National Accreditation team. At all times risual worked closely with both the Forces and the Accreditation team to maintain continuity in the delivery. The solution was the first of this kind and met the stringent security needed to support mobile policing.
The biggest benefit for the forces, is the major efficiency savings, which will provide their officers with access to information on mobile devices. This will be a fully secured service and give the officers confidence that they are in a secured environment. Police officers can switch between devices as and when needed, be it switching smartphone, desktop or tablet; all will run with seamless functionality. This is especially important over the busy Summer months when the area experiences an influx of tourists. This forces the Police Forces to take on more officers to cover the Summer season. Mobile police stations are set-up for more officers, so it’s critical that these mobile stations can have ease of access and the collaboration required. Officers stationed here can easily spin up within a user-friendly environment and switch between their devices quickly.