A contract for computer monitors has provided a window into hardware pricing under the whole-of-government Desktop Hardware Panel. Under the panel arrangement, the Department of Human Services has procured 6,800 monitors from Acer at a cost of $1,665,048, or roughly $244 per monitor. The contract does not offer any specifications for the monitors.
The Australian Taxation Office has become the latest major Federal agency to contract through the whole-of-government Major Office Machines (MOM) panel, establishing a subordinate standing offer arrangement with Fuji Xerox and Lexmark for the provision of MOM equipment and support.
Under the MOM equipment and support panel, agencies are encouraged to set up their own panels-within-the-panel to facilitate the ongoing supply of maintenance and support. No value has been attributed to the deal.
Huawei New Zealand and Enable Services have partnered to supply the fibre and services required to extend the New Zealand Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network to Christchurch.
The Defence Materiel Organisation intends to open tendering for its Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B1 on 30 March 2012. JP 2008 “aims to enhance the Defence Satellite Communications (SATCOM) capability through the delivery of a family of certified Wideband Global SATCOM transportable land terminals,” according to a Pre-Release notice.
The Queensland Government has released its NBN Strategic Plan, outlining the opportunities that high-speed broadband can bring to the state. Under the plan, it has been proposed that all Queensland agencies compile ‘digital action plans’ to identify the ways in which the NBN can improve on government service delivery.
The troubled FirstNet system, rolled out to emergency departments throughout NSW, may have been saved from the technological scrap-heap by an independent report compiled by Deloitte. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Deloitte has advised NSW Health that its best option is to invest in improving the system rather than rebuilding it from scratch.
The Victorian Government has released yet another smartphone app, this time aimed at clarifying what is legal and what isn’t when it comes to youth alcohol consumption in the state. The app features hypothetical scenarios to guide users through otherwise tricky drinking legislation.
NCR Australia has won a $1.6 million contract with the NSW Police Force, for a year’s supply of wide area network maintenance and support.
Graeme Innes AM will advocate for the benefits that a National Broadband Network offers to Australians living with a disability, in his capacity as an NBN Champion. Innes is currently the Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner.