NSW Police has chosen a multi-vendor hybrid cloud for its future IT technology needs, with work on establishing a protected-level Microsoft Azure data center currently underway.
According to iTnews, Australia’s largest policing department recently chose Microsoft and Amazon Web Services to host a range of frontline IT solutions as part of the “Azure Cloud Project.”
Both Hyperscale providers were chosen after a year-long expression of interest for a hybrid cloud infrastructure-as-a-service platform
Why Azure cloud?
Gordon Dunsford, the company’s chief information and technology officer, previously stated that hybrid cloud was chosen because of the “co-existence needed with legacy on-premise IT systems.”
According to NSW Police, the project would include creating “cloud foundations” that will “support a variety of applications that are either cloud-ready or soon to begin delivery.”
Microsoft Azure will be the first “cloud data center” for NSW Police, with work on a secure network already underway.
Other plans of NSW police regarding Microsoft Azure cloud
“[NSW Police] has officially collaborated directly with Microsoft Australia to facilitate the design and development of the Microsoft Azure cloud safe data center,” according to an NSW Police spokesperson.
NSW Police has signed a $619,000 contract with Insight Enterprises to provide Microsoft azure design and professional engineering services for the next ten months.
Though the force plans to use “primarily public cloud offerings,” hybrid capabilities such as Azure Stack Hub, AWS Outpost will be used in “some circumstances.”
The integrated policing operating system (IPOS), which will replace the state’s 27-year-old core operational policing system, is one such system to be hosted on the internet (COPS).
The system, which will also serve as the NSW Police Department’s computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, will be the force’s primary operating system, facilitating daily operations ranging from arrests to forensic examination.
Following a year-long discovery process, Mark43, a US-based public safety software provider, was chosen last month to produce the first critical components of IPOS.
The Bezos-backed company’s “one platform” records management system and computer-aided design (CAD) will be used by NSW Police for the next five years.
NSW Police has now spent just under $40 million on the COPS upgrade, including the now-defunct NewCOPS project of Accenture and the hunt for IPOS.
Of that $40 million, around $24 million was spent “determining a suitable approach and commercial partner for IPOS,” with $22.6 million in recurring funding and $1.26 million in capital funding.
In response to a recent query on notice, the force said, “Expenditure includes procurement engagements, due diligence, contract negotiation, and award procedure.”
The force will also provide every frontline officer with a ‘MobiPol’ mobile device as part of the IPOS initiative, allowing them to access the new core system when on the move.
With the money, it has also made temporary changes to COPS, such as a custody management form, a spatial centre, surveillance and search enhancements, and new custody systems.