Saab Receive a Huge C4DI Welcome at their New Office Space


Saab’s Swedish-themed Elevensies went down a treat on Thursday, with a whole host of C4DI members popping across to have a nosey around the company’s brand new offices.

Specialising in security and defence, the global company joined C4DI around one year ago, basing a handful of developers at the building. Recently, they have upgraded their space to suit the growing needs of their rapidly expanding team.

The mid-morning event proved to be extremely popular and truly demonstrated the ethos of the C4DI community; connecting with like-minded people to create, innovate and collaborate.

“When we found out about the C4DI, it definitely appealed to us,” explains Lead Software Engineer, David Wood. “Since being here, we’ve been able to mix with so many different, talented people. It has been a fantastic pool of talent for us.”

The Saab team is currently working on a mission-critical communications and incident management application that can be used by police forces to connect with the public. The innovative system integrates with national databases, tracks officers on patrol, monitors CCTV and dispatches officers to incidents.

“What this essentially means is that when someone rings 999, the Emergency Services operator can access the crucial information they need to know to be able to promptly deal with the issue and dispatch the necessary resources,” he continues.

“Let's take the example of a missing persons case. Traditionally, entering all the details would take around 20 minutes. That’s a long time when somebody’s loved one can’t be found - every single second counts in this situation. Our software speeds this process up and can make the whole procedure a lot more efficient for those involved.

Currently, SAFE is being used by the Cheshire Constabulary, the Warwickshire and West Mercia police and Transport for London.

“I would say that the system is transforming policing. There has been a lot of cuts to police budgets recently and our application allows local forces to do more and reach more people with less,” David tells us.

If you would like to find out more about what Saab is currently working on, please get in touch with David Wood at

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