Systems integrator, Unisys has been granted a further 40-month extension to its contract with the NSW Police Force.
Under the deal, Unisys supplies application and infrastructure support services of the Force’s Shared Imagery Management System (SIMS), which is used to manage and protect more than 2 million digital images and video footage taken annually.
Unisys was selected in 2009 to implement and customise the digital imagery management solution running on two Unisys ES3000 servers.
The NSW Police Force was the first police force in Australia to implement a digital imagery system of this scale, enabling it to manage and securely archive a large volume of images, stored in a searchable central repository. These images are readily available and accessible for law enforcement purposes.
Under the new application and infrastructure support contract, Unisys will work with the Operational Information Agency (OIA) and Forensic Services Group (FSG) to further enhance SIMS to meet the growing needs of the Force. The support contract includes on-site support, patch management and system enhancement services.
“Since the NSW Police Force implemented its digital imagery management system, the volume of digital imagery made available for use in investigations has increased exponentially – from crime scene forensic photography through to CCTV footage from shopping centres and railway stations as well as photos and video submitted by the public,” NSW Police Force inspector and OIA manager of digital and biometric technologies, David Brogden, said.
“It is critical such data is protected from allegations of tampering or alteration while being made available to assist investigations. We are now well positioned to take advantage of further innovations such as facial recognition and intelligent video analytics as they become available.”