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Title: Bringing police airwaves inside buildings : the Hong Kong Police Force's pioneering finance-own-operate-share (FOOS) public-private partnership project
Author: Wong, Jolly Chun Kau
ISNI:       0000 0004 5360 692X
Awarding Body: Middlesex University
Current Institution: Middlesex University
Date of Award: 2014
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It is the vision of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) remains one of the safest and most stable societies in the world.1 The HKPF policing model which, inter alia, calls for a highly visible uniformed police presence - predominantly on foot - in places of public resort has proved to be effective in keeping crime and public disorder at low levels.2 An effective radio system facilitating communication between field officers, and between field officers and their command and control centres, is a prerequisite for effective modern policing. Whilst the intelligibility and reliability of outdoor police radio communications in the HKSAR is generally adequate, the same cannot be said of indoor coverage. Some 40 per cent of the HKSAR's population live above the 14th floor.3 In addition, the HKSAR boasts a large number of shopping malls, car parks and other indoor public facilities. Deficiencies in indoor communications currently present a major operational challenge. Technical solutions for indoor radio communications have been in place in various locations around for the world for some years and generally involve the emergency services deploying their own distributed antenna system (DAS)4 or repeaters5 inside buildings. Such solutions are generally expensive. The project report addresses the concept of an alternative finance model involving HKPF 'plugging into' commercial telecommunications infrastructure at suitable and agreed connection points and hence sharing the in-building cabling and RF (Radio Frequency) radiating elements. HKPF uses dedicated radio spectrum. The project report proposes a Finance-Own-Operate-Share (FOOS) public-private partnership (PPP) approach. The project to produce a reference model is fully described from the original concept, through to the selection of a partner, the design and implementation of a pilot scheme at a large HKSAR shopping mall, and user feedback. The project results have been validated by triangulation: firstly, by assessment of the technical results including user feedback; secondly, by a questionnaire survey of industry practitioners; and lastly, by testimonials from prominent figures in the telecommunications sphere. The project has resulted in tangible and intangible benefits both for HKPF and the mobile phone companies concerned by way of substantial savings, improved quality of service and public goodwill. The reference model has potential worldwide application.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Prof.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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