Size of IS shop: 300
Mobile PCs: 2020
Hand-held devices: 250
Total screens: 10,180
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows XP, Dell, Lenovo, HP
Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003 2008; Dell, IBM, Sun Microsystems; Red Hat Linux
DBMS: DB2, Oracle, MS SQL
Address: Police National HQ, Molesworth Street, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Policing Excellence comprising mobility; whole of government digital radio; update to Windows7/Office 10; Rugby World Cup.
In 2011, ICT will deliver a range of business improvement projects for the NZ Police, such as frontline mobility (easy access to taskings, operational queries and ability to update information from the field to the central database), and the progressive improvement in systems so that they are easy to use, flexible and initiative-driven.
Digital developments retain their value for the NZ Police, which completed a three-year long implementation of digital radio in early 2011. This year, “a key consideration for NZ Police is to realise the benefits of moving from analogue to digital radio, and to maximise the opportunities for unified communications and mobility outcomes,” says ICT manager Murray Mitchell.
An encrypted radio network utilised by the NZ Police was trialled in Lower Hutt in June 2009. The radios have since been introduced in the Wellington, Auckland and Canterbury regions. The expansion of the digital radio network to other parts of New Zealand is subject to the completion of a whole of government radio network submission, covering all emergency services and scalable to other organisations as economic conditions allow.
While ICT operational budgets are down, project numbers and staff numbers are up this year, as a result of significant changes in legislation. Examples include the rollout of SMART PDAs to Southland for electronic data capture, virtualisation of the 111 Communication Centres that included database consolidation and automated fail over and a change from Lotus Notes to Outlook that included the re-development of more than 75 databases.
The implementation of 700 tasers, with video and data capture, on a new platform in this country was a world-first for Taser International. Another innovation was the introduction of software to enable the deaf community to text to the 111 Communication Centres.
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