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IT company clashes with High Court over police surveillance contract

London-based Excession Technologies has sued the Police Digital Service for an unfair decision to award a contract to rival Airbox Systems.

The Digital Police Service, formerly the ICT Company Police, is responsible for the implementation of the National Police Digital Strategy. It aims to protect people from harm, not only by using technology but also by developing its own capabilities and new ways of working. It describes itself as an agency that “uses the power of digital technology, data, and technology” to assist law enforcement.

Now, IT company Excession has sued the Police Digital Service, claiming that its decision to award a contract to Airbox Systems, which provides digital solutions to various law enforcement and military agencies to support practical operations, violates government procurement rules. areas of defense and security violate public procurement. According to a report by The Register, the contract was worth up to £18 million and included the provision of a massive surveillance platform.

The Digital Police Service disputes Excession’s claim.

This week, Ms. Justice O’Farrell oversaw an online hearing in the case, which reviewed a number of preliminary issues. Joseph Barrett, a lawyer representing the Police Digital Service, said the information contained in court documents was sensitive. He told the judge he would not want any information released that could be useful to a terrorist group or an organized crime group.

The judge said she would hear the case publicly but would try to ensure that sensitive information in the paperwork was not aired during the hearing.

A lawyer from Excession Technologies argued that the Digital Police Service had acted in violation of the Public Procurement Regulations of Defense and Security of 2011.

Parish Patel, QC, said the proceedings related to the tendering procedure conducted by the Police Digital Service for the nomination of a contractor for a “framework contract for the provision of computer and IT services” for a surveillance operating room.

Patel explained that Excession was either seeking an injunction against the decision to appoint Airbox Systems or seeking damages including legal fees. He argued that the Digital Police Service should have rejected Airbox’s bid as “abnormally low” and said the Digital Police Service had made “obvious mistakes” in scoring “demo day presentations by Excession and Airbox”.

According to reports, eight companies have been invited to a demonstration day organized by the Digital Police Service.