IBM Global Services Australia (IBM GSA) have finally snared a network outsourcing deal with the Victorian Police reputed to be worth over $100 million dollars over five years.
In a tender process that began in June 1997 IBM GSA were competing against the likes of GE Capital IT Solutions and Computer Services for the rights to manage the mainframe data centre, wide area network (WAN) communications, a local area network (LAN), a help desk facility, application development and the implementation of a new desktop infrastructure.
The entire operation will span 400 police stations and incorporate the installation of over 7 000 computer devices and 5 200 desktops.
The project is part of the state Governments Vic2000 project that in this instance hopes to transfer the ownership of police technology to IBM GSA and standardise all police IT operations. Chief Commissioner Neil Comrie understands that IBM GSA can facilitate this process by providing "advanced computing facilities that will reduce administrative tasks and free up more police for operational duties."
IBM GSA's general manager, public sector, Dr Michael Dixon, acknowledges that IBM's "experience in this area" and its ability to "review the latest technologies coming out of our research laboratories" assured it of the contract. The offer of IBM public safety and justice experts was also a decisive factor in its selection.
Negotiations are continuing between the Victorian Police and IBM GSA to extend the existing contract to include application development work.