NEC wins police, health contracts

06/11/2019 - 14:48

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NEC Australia has been contracted to deliver ICT services to the WA Police Force and the state's major hospitals, with the two agreements collectively worth up to $97 million over seven years.

NEC wins police, health contracts
Marcus Ashby says the company has a strong pedigree in solutions for emergency services across Australia and the world.

NEC Australia has been contracted to deliver ICT services to the WA Police Force and to the state's major hospitals, with the two agreements collectively worth up to $97 million over seven years.

The major contract is with the WA Police, and is valued at $39 million over an initial four-year period.

If WA Police exercises a three-year contract extension, it could be worth a further $50 million to NEC. The potential full value of the contract was disclosed on tenders.wa.gov.au.

The GovNext-ICT contract will transform the Wide Area Network, Local Area Network and IP telephony environments across more than 200 WA Police Force sites.

NEC will deploy a Cisco IP telephony service to ensure robust, reliable, highly available and secure communication.

Separately, NEC has won an $8 million contract to upgrade PABX systems and associated infrastructure to Perth's public hospitals, via the North Metropolitan Health Service, East Metropolitan Health Service, South Metropolitan Health Service and Health Support Services.  

WA Police Force CIO Andrew Cann said the new GovNext-ICT services were the foundation of its digital policing capabilities and demonstrated the fundamental principles of GovNext.

Government chief information officer Greg Italiano said the GovNext initiative was providing WA government agencies with the underlying ICT infrastructure to better deliver services.

“The GovNext solution being deployed by NEC for WA Police Force will provide the network and communications services to support the future operational needs of the WA Police Force,” he said.

“This is consistent with the outcomes GovNext is delivering across a range of other agencies.”

NEC’s WA state manager Marcus Ashby said the company had a strong pedigree in solutions for emergency services across Australia and the world.

“To be trusted with the transformation of one of the state’s most important networks that will ultimately lead to a safer WA is something everyone at NEC and our partner community are very proud of,” he said.

In a statement, Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the upgraded network would result in a doubling of the bandwidth to police stations.

The Police contract is the latest of several big state government ICT contracts awarded over the past year.

In March, Atos was awarded a $124 million, five-year contract to transform the Department of Health's ICT infrastructure.

In October last year, the Department of Transport awarded a $53 million contract to a panel comprising local firms E-Prim and KDR Technology Solutions and global player CA Technologies.

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