Victoria Police has approached the market for a range of telecommunications goods and services worth at least $13 million.
According to the Request for Tender (RFT), Victoria Police is looking to appoint one or more suppliers across five separate categories of work for:
- The provision of communication services, including voice and data infrastructure cabling, network relocations and specialist telecommunication systems programming;
- Maintenance of existing key telephone systems, including the NITSUKO legacy model and NEC systems;
- The provision of telecommunications network and support services, including LAN maintenance, hardware, software and spare parts supply;
- Installation and maintenance services for new key business telephone systems on an as-needed basis; and
- The provision of Genesys maintenance and support, including the option to deliver a modern refresh solution for an upgrade to the existing Genesys environment.
“The goods and services are expected to be delivered from 1 July 2014 following the end of all current contractual agreements with multiple telecommunications suppliers on 30 June, 2014,” according to tender documents.
Victoria Police intends to appoint a single supplier for each category of work. Contracts will be signed for an initial period of three years ending 30 June 2017, with two 12-month extension options.
The RFT indicates no preference for a single supplier across the entire suite of telecommunications work, with documents directing vendors “not to assume that discounts or concessions apply to one or more of their categories if a bundled solution was offered”.
Intermedium has identified at least six contracts that currently cover the requested services, and are approaching expiration in mid-2014:
- A $6.0 million contract with NEC for the provision and installation of small business telephone systems;
- A $3.6 million contract with Prime Electrical and Data Services for voice and data communication services;
- A $2.6 million contract with Prime Electrical and Data Services for telephone systems maintenance services;
- An $890,000 contract with Integrated Communications Management for the provision and management of telecommunications local area network and police emergency E000 services; and
- A $320,000 contract with Dimension Data for Genesys Maintenance and Support.
A briefing regarding the approach to market will be held on 12 September in Melbourne. Submissions close on 9 October 2013.
Victoria Police’s approach to market to refresh its telecommunications supply contracts through a suite of three to five-year deals presumably eliminates the heavy ICT-using agency from the scope of the whole-of-government VicConnect platform for telecommunications procurement.
Currently under development, VicConnect was announced in March 2013 to replace the existing 10-year-old whole-of-government Telecommunications Purchasing and Managing Strategy (TPAMS), which has established a number of centralised contracts for Telecommunications Carriage Services and Victorian Office Telephony System services.
VicConnect is expected to be established in 2013-14, with the market consultation process nearing completion.
“The next step is finalising the design of the VicConnect platform, which will inform the approach to procurement,” said a spokesperson for the Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips.
The replacement of TPAMS with VicConnect is expected to “stimulate innovation and efficiency through market engagement, and increasing productivity and service improvements,” according to Rich-Phillips.
“A new approach is needed to provide better services, reduce costs and increase competition. It is also important to introduce a more flexible approach that is adaptive to new technologies and markets.”
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