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Canberra Data Centres cop major police deal

Canberra Data Centres cop major police deal

More than 50,000 police officers set to get permanent access to a wide range of criminal records.

Canberra Data Centres has landed a major deal with the Federal Government to provide datacentre facilities for a range of criminal records.

As part of the deal, 50,000 police officers will have access to DNA and fingerprint records as well as the Australian National Child Offender Register and other databases. The new hub, dubbed CrimTrac, will act as a central point for all Australian police forces. It will be based out of its Hume centre in the ACT.

“Having secure and reliable data is a crucial part of delivering that justice and making our communities safer,” Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O’Connor, said in a statement.

O’Connor said the new body would have primary and secondary datacentres that will back each other up if one has a problem to ensure the system is never down. The hubs are also designed to be upgradeable.

According to CrimTrac’s quarterly newsletter, OnTrac, the new facility is designed to be energy efficient.

“Canberra Data Centres was chosen as the agency’s primary datacentre site, following a competitive tender process,” it said. “The Australian Government is paying roughly half for their hosting when compared to traditional centre offerings.”

ASIO will conduct an annual audit along with random checks to maintain security.

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