The Department of Defence has elected to enter into a second standing offer arrangement, this time with Ricoh Australia, under the Major Office Machines Equipment and Support Panel. The Department will procure from Ricoh and Konica Minolta, after signing with the latter in November 2011.
In the same week, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) signed with Fuji Xerox,the Australian Federal Police signed with Ricoh,and the Attorney-General’s Department signed with Lexmark under the same whole-of-government panel.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has signed a $14 million contact with IBM for the supply of Computer storage and related equipment and software, with all deliverables expected to be in place by 30 June 2012.
The Department has also purchased 5,000 desktop PCs for $6.5 million through the whole-of-government desktop hardware panel, at an average of $1,298 per unit. It also entered $3.5 million contract with Hitachi for the provision of storage hardware.
The University Technology Sydney and the University of Western Sydney have a released a joint tender calling for the provision of Data Centre Hosting Services. Citing “similar requirements and desired outcomes,” the two universities are seeking a solution that is capable of satisfying the demands of both entities.
Child Exploitation Tracking Software, which led to the arrest of 15 individuals in NSW, VIC, ACT and QLD during March 2012, will be expanded nationally in order to enable all State and Territory police investigators to work cooperatively through a common system.
Developed by Microsoft, the software will receive a $4.56 million funding boost from the Federal Government in order to facilitate the national expansion of the system.
The Department of Defence has purchased $4.2 million worth of servers from Data #3 to replace computing facilities damaged by heavy rain at a Defence site located in Edinburgh, South Australia.
The Queensland Government has postponed its 2012-13 Budget until 11 September 2012, three months later than the traditional June release. Premier Campbell Newman said the delay is necessary to allow time for ministers to identify appropriate savings and complete their departmental restructures.
Boeing has revealed it is developing a “Boeing Phone” targeting defence, intelligence and commercial purposes rather than the wider consumer smartphone market, and based on a highly secure Android system. It is due for release in late 2012.