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Vic Police release $300 million IT shopping list

by Justin Hendry •
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Topics: IT Services; Hardware; Software; ICT Strategy; Digital Transformation; Vic.

Victoria Police will spend close to $300 million on five ICT procurements by the end of the 2016 calendar year, according to the agency’s forward procurement plan.  

The procurements form part of the Policing Information Process and Practice (PIPP) Reform Program, which aims to consolidate systems, create a single point of access to information, and expand mobile technology use.

The majority of the $300 million is for three projects:

  1. A Case Management and Digital Asset Management Solution (expected to cost $117 million);
  2. an end-to-end mobile technology solution ($92 million); and
  3. a new police intelligence system ($72 million).

Victoria Police has already commended the procurement process for two of the three solutions, having approached the market for a managed mobility solution last week and an Intelligence Management Application and Analytics solution in June.

The Case Management and Digital Asset Management Solution has not yet been to tender, however the agency released an Advanced Tender Notice in June 2016 and expects the Request for Tender (RFT) to be released in the coming two months.

According to the Annual Procurement Plan, the Case Management and Digital Asset Management Solution will replace a number of existing systems and databases.

Victoria Police currently uses the Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) record management database, which is more than two decades old, and the Interpose intelligence database and electronic case management system, as their primary case management systems.

When approached by Intermedium, a spokesperson said that Victoria Police were currently looking “at the capabilities of current industry leading Case Management systems and will examine the complexities of migrating from the current environment of many disconnected systems to a single integrated Case Management system” through a Proof of Concept.

The end-to-end mobile technology solution is expected to provide frontline police with up to 10,000 handheld devices – almost one device for each of the 14,500 frontline and Protective Service Officers employed.

The fully managed mobility solution will consist of a mobile platform, including devices and device management, network, mobile environment and security, as well as application development and maintenance and service integration.

Victoria Police currently has 1,200 tablets and 1,000 portable devices, such as smartphones and PDAs.

While the initial deployment of up to 400 devices will begin before the end of 2016 or early 2017, Victoria Police expects the full rollout to take up to three years. The contract will run for five years, with two optional extensions of up to three years each. 

The solution will “significantly increase the ability of Victoria Police to deliver timely, accurate, relevant, and up-to-date information to and from police in the field...”, states tender documents.

The mobile technology will be used in conjunction with a new $72 million policing intelligence system.

An RFT for an Intelligence Management Application and Analytics solution was issued in June to improve the analytical capability of Victoria Police’s Intelligence Practitioners (IPs), increase data quality and reduce the time spent collating and analysing data manually.

The new solution will enable IPs to perform predictive analytics, and carry out analysis of big data, crime patterns and networks/links.

Victoria Police also intend to approach the market for body-worn video (BWV) cameras and support services during 2016-17, however the estimated date and value of the procurement remains unknown. Victoria is the only state not to have signed contracts with suppliers of BWV or initiated the market process, despite conducting two previous trials over the last four years.

Other procurements between August 2016 and June 2017, include:

  • Fixed voice, mobile and data carriage services ($10 million);
  • IBM mainframe software licences, maintenance and support ($7.5 million);
  • maintenance and support for the Private Automatic Branch eXchange telephone system ($2 million);
  • maintenance and support for the Professional Development Assessment system ($0.6 million); and
  • software and support for the Licensing and Regulation System.

The 2016-17 Victorian Budget allocated $227 million towards police technology as part of the $539.8 million Public Safety – Police Response initiative. This is the first major funding for PIPP transformation projects since the 2013-14 budget allocated $23 million.

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