NSW Police locks in IP network

New South Wales Police has gone live with a converged Internet Protocol network to enable storage, retrieval and transmission of its multimedia-based data traffic.

The scalable IP network was developed between the Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills and former Darlinghurst offices and its new headquarters at Parramatta in western Sydney. Key parts of the police network from the former headquarters were integrated with its new head office.

According to NCR Australia, NSW Police's implementation partner for the IP network solution, the project was a logistical feat. NSW Police built a new data centre, moved its IT group, and more than 2000 other staff to the new Parramatta head office, and set up network communication foundations for key police applications, such as those used for roadside identification checks. NCR's general manager for worldwide customer services Asia-Pacific, Noel Petitt, said the Police's databases hold "sensitive information" which is moved across the network daily.

NSW Police's project director for property services, Barry Mullins, said in a statement that the design and commissioning of core communications infrastructure for the network was achieved with "minimum disruption" to business. Mullins added that NSW Police would "continue hosting its operational infrastructure at its Surry Hills offices. Those offices will be used as a disaster recovery site, and new additions would be made to the network at Parramatta and other executive offices in the city, he said.

Mullins said the move to an IP network let the Police deploy a Cisco-based converged IP communication solution and provided the choice of a future migration to a voice and data integration.

Phase one of the project started in May 2003, coming in on time and on budget in August, NCR said in a statement. Phase two of the implementation, involving network design and commissioning at the Police Executive, was completed in September 2003, according to NCR.

Neither NSW Police or NCR Australia would comment on the cost of the project.

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