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WA to increase mobility with CUA

by Sam Murphy •
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The WA Government is looking to make a move towards greater mobility with a Common Use Arrangement (CUA) for Computing and Mobile Devices.

A Draft Request for Industry Comment has been issued with the intention of establishing, “a single panel of pre-qualified suppliers to assist whole of Government supply of Computing and Mobile Devices,” according to the draft documents.

The following are expected to be included in the CUA:

  • Desktop computers;
  • Thin and zero clients;
  • Workstations that are not servers (e.g. Xeon-based “graphics workstations”);
  • All-in-one computers;
  • Notebooks and convertible notebooks;
  • Hybrid computers;
  • Chromebooks, and other similar devices that make use of browser-based operating systems; and
  • Tablets that are not bundled with plans.

The aim of the CUA “is to implement an efficient and centralised procurement framework for acquiring a wide range of Computing and Mobile Devices, reduce transaction costs for agencies and industry, and promote savings and price discounts for WA government”, according to draft documents.

It will be mandatory for Government agencies based in the Perth Metropolitan area to use the CUA. Agencies based in regional areas will be encouraged to use the panel but can also establish their own purchasing arrangements.

Mobility is becoming a key notion for the WA Government with a number of agencies already adopting the technology.

In September 2012, An Education and Health Standing Committee recommended that schools in WA “deploy a mix of mobile and stationary devices”. However, in December 2013 the last of the Federal Government’s $2.4 billion Digital Education Revolution funding dried up and has not been continued. As a result, John Leaf, Deputy Director General of Finance and Administration at the WA Department of Education told Intermedium that, “as there is no ongoing Commonwealth funding for the DER program, schools will be expected to maintain a ratio of computers to all secondary students of at least 1 to 5 to ensure that every student has regular access to this technology.”

WA Police are currently using a the Police Justice Information Exchange which houses information on legislation, charges, and bail, as well as court booking options and availability. It also allows physical documents to be stored electronically and accessed on mobile devices by frontline officers.

In July 2012, the use of mobile devices was trialled at the Hillary’s Police Station. The trial gave officers remote access to their entire WA police desktop. In 2013-14, WA Police were conducting investigations into mobile technology, “with the objective being the development of a permanent solution for frontline mobile technology”, according to their 2012-13 Annual Report.

Industry submissions on the Proposed CUA for the Supply of Computing and Mobile Devices close on 26 August 2014.

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