(PRWEB UK) 24 June 2014
The acceptance means Vocal’s multi award-winning services are now available to government departments, devolved administrations, local authorities, wider public sector bodies and arm’s length bodies through the government’s CloudStore.
Vocal’s full suite of award-winning business continuity and incident management solutions will now be available to UK public sector bodies under the service classification SaaS (Software as a service) on a pay-as-you-go or yearly contract basis as part of the Government G-Cloud initiative.
G-Cloud, aka Government Cloud Computing, is an initiative targeted at easing the procurement of cloud based IT by public sector bodies with the aim of promoting cloud computing and making savings on technology government-wide.
Cloud services are "quicker, cheaper and more competitive" (1), said Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude when launching G-Cloud in 2012 with the intention of shaving £120m a year off the public sector IT bill.
Trevor Wheatley-Perry, Vocal’s Managing Director commented: “Vocal has performed a key role in the public sector communications effort during major events such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well the upcoming 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. We are delighted that public bodies across the UK will have simplified and direct access to our suite of solutions through the G-Cloud framework.”
To be accepted onto the government’s G-Cloud portal, Vocal has successfully undergone rigorous assurance checks, agreeing to government frameworks and definitions for each service provided.
Trevor finishes, “Because of the demands required to be accepted to G-Cloud, public sector department can procure services through the G-Cloud platform with assurance. We look forward to extending our public sector partnerships across the UK.”
Source: BBC Business News 3.6.14 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27618218
Vocal is recognised throughout the world as a trusted innovator of multi award-winning and proven business continuity and communication solutions. In 2007, Vocal launched iModus; the first fully integrated business continuity suite encompassing Notification, Planning, Mapping, Alerting, Staff Safety and Incident Management modules. A multi award-winning solution, iModus was selected as the emergency messaging system for incident management during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
On March 12th, 2014, Everbridge, the leader in Unified Critical Communications, acquired Vocal. The strategic acquisition further elevates Everbridge’s status as the world’s largest provider of emergency notification and critical communication solutions. With the addition of Vocal, Everbridge now offers the broadest product family in the industry, delivered through 12 distributed datacentres, and supported by employees in seven offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. The combined entity will serve more than 2,500 global clients who use the solution to communicate with over 50 million unique end-users every year.
About Vocal’s G-Cloud Services:
iModus Message Call is a dedicated information line that allows organisations/departments to share information with staff, stakeholders and the wider community during an incident or business as usual.
iModus Incident Log is a secure, online incident logging platform, designed with the NHS, which enables organisations to create more effective incident logs with greater transparency of information and more resilient storage.
iModus Emergency Notification is a two-way communication tool providing message delivery and receipt via SMS, email, voice (both recorded real voice and text-to-speech), Blackberry PIN, desktop messaging, push to mobile applications and social feeds, iModus can also receive and dispatch message instructions from integrated applications such as fire alarms and tannoy systems.