Senior IS executive: Ian Smith, ICT manager (acting) Reports to: Deputy Commissioner
Size of IS shop: 248
Mobile PCs: 1400
Hand-held devices: 100
Total screens: 7300
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows XP, Dell, Lenovo
Server environment: Sun, Windows 2000, Dell, IBM
DBMS: DB2, Oracle, SQL
Address: 180 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Digital encrypted radio, mobile devices in
cars, case management system, knowledge management.
NZ POLICE’S ICT group manages an extensive ICT environment,
including one of New Zealand’s largest private networks for voice and
“When we developed our priorities through to 2010, we consulted across
all of Police and many of the new initiatives
now underway are being driven by frontline staff,” says acting ICT
manager Ian Smith. He says a key focus is increasing mobility at the
In 2007 Police introduced mobile data terminals into 110 police
vehicles to enable offi cers to access the central database, run queries
on vehicles and people directly, as well as electronically communicating
with dispatchers. Previously this was all handled over the radio
network connecting with the communication centres. Further touch
screen units in cars are planned. Upgrading the ageing Police radio
network is also a priority for the next three to six years, says Smith.
“We’re introducing a digital trunk radio network nationwide. This new
technology will not only improve the security and reliabiity of Police
communications, but will also give more flexibility for special operations.”
The digital network is being progressively rolled out, beginning with specialist
groups such as the Armed Offenders Squad. In the telephony area,
VoIP is becoming the standard for Police, with an ongoing nationwide rollout of
IP phones to all desks.
The changeover provides some immediate benefi ts for
users and provides a launching pad for Police to take advantage of
new mobility features later on, such as dual-mode phones and integration
of messaging. Other ICT projects include enhancement of the core
Police case management system, an improved knowledge management
system and ongoing server virtualisation, with a goal of 80 per
cent of Police application servers eventually being virtualised.
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