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Steria Provides West Yorkshire Police with Command and Control Solution to Ensure Tour de France Safety

July 4, 2014 - New Delhi, Delhi, India

In summary West Yorkshire Police will use the SteriaSTORM solution during ‘Le Grand Départ’ to ensure emergency control room operators can deploy police officers to deal with potential incidents quickly and effectively. This is the first time that the Tour de France will start in Yorkshire.

Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services, has today announced that West Yorkshire Police will use its SteriaSTORM Command and Control solution during ‘Le Grand Départ’ on 5th July. This is the first time ever that the Tour de France will start in Yorkshire, in the UK. ‘Le Grand Départ’ will attract a worldwide TV audience of over 3 billion and during the UK leg of the race alone, over 3 million cycling fans are expected to line up along the route.
Key to the success of this truly global event is public safety. The police and other emergency services will be under pressure to ensure that any unexpected incidents are dealt with quickly and effectively, to avoid danger to spectators and cyclists.

With such a vast crowd at the event, combined with expert but finite resources, ‘Le Grand Départ’ presents a challenge to the emergency services. Police officers and vehicles will need to be deployed with maximum efficiency, to ensure any incidents are quickly dealt with, and that two-way communication with the control room shapes resource deployment effectively.

SteriaSTORM will enable emergency control room operators to deploy police officers with the right skills and equipment to an incident as quickly and effectively as possible – and then arm them with the information they need to deal with it effectively when they get there.

Combined with a Geographic Information System (GIS), SteriaSTORM overlays real time information about the location of police vehicles or officers on detailed maps of the area.  This then enables emergency services control room operators to make rapid decisions and deploy resources where they are required for ‘Le Grand Départ’ as it makes its way through the West Yorkshire region and into South and North Yorkshire too. 

With the help of SteriaSTORM West Yorkshire Police will be able to track the progress of the race, from the front-runners to the back-markers, in order to know when it is safe to re-open roads, for example, or to assess the risk of an incident spilling out onto the race route at a critical moment.

Chris Bates, Managing Director of Defence and Emergency Services at Steria, commented, “SteriaSTORM will enable police resources to be deployed quickly and effectively during Le Grand Départ. This will ensure the emergency services have the best intelligence to protect the safety of spectators and the competitors alike.”

SteriaSTORM  will help police forces in West, South and North Yorkshire collaborate effectively, and, as well as ensuring that they don’t double up on manpower which may well be needed for routine police business, it will help them to work with the Tour de France race organisers to ensure that Le Grand Départ is ‘Un Grand Succès’.

With more than 650 dedicated consultants working throughout the police and emergency services sector at local, regional and national levels, Steria offers solutions that incorporate innovative new business models and best-of-breed technologies, including its own SteriaSTORM Command and Control system and proven expertise in business process optimisation.  For more information please visit
For more information about ‘Le Grand Départ please visit
It is reminded that the Public Exchange Offer (“OPE”) between Sopra Group (Sopra) and Groupe Steria SCA (Steria), which the AMF declared compliant on June 24, 2014, is open since 26 June 2014. The OPE is formulated according to the parity of one (1) Sopra share in exchange of four (4) Steria shares.
Indicative timetable for the OPE:
- 26 June 2014: OPE open to shareholders
- 30 July 2014: closing of the OPE*
- 12 August 2014: settlement-delivery of the shares tendered
*The AMF and Euronext Paris will publish the finalised OPE time table as soon as the European Commission issues its antitrust approval for the tie-up transaction. 
Steria shareholders are advised to read the documents related to the Public Exchange Offer covered by the AMF and available on the AMF website (, Sopra Group’s website ( and Steria’s website ( Sopra Group’s Information Memorandum was approved on June 24 2014 (AMF visa no. 14-322) as well as Steria’s Memorandum in Response (AMF visa no. 14-323) on June 24 2014.
This press release has been disseminated for information purposes only and does not constitute and should not be construed as constituting an offer to acquire Steria or Sopra shares. The OPE is being carried out exclusively in France and participation in the OPE is subject to legal restrictions outside France. This press release is therefore not intended to be disseminated in countries other than France and it is not addressed, directly or indirectly, to persons subject to such restrictions. Sopra and Steria disclaim all liability in the event of a breach by any person of these legal restrictions applicable outside France. This document is a free translation into English of the original French press release. It is not a binding document. In the event of a conflict in interpretation, reference should be made to the French version, which is the authentic text.

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Source: Business Wire India


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