Crimtrac to overhaul extranet

Moves to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and feature collaboration tools, document consolidation

CrimTrac, the government agency that develops technology to help police solve crimes, is set to overhaul its extranet and move to the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 suite of software tools.

The overhaul, initially prompted by the end of vendor support for both the site’s underlying portal administration and security applications, will be used by the government agency as an opportunity to additionally improve collaboration and carry out a document consolidation process.

The extranet currently supplies an entry point for all the agency’s online applications and also supports the real-time secure sharing of documents between authorised policing and law enforcement agencies.

The existing portal hosts about 12,000 shared documents and provides authorised users access to various applications, and access to test and training environments, according to CrimTrac documents,

“This solution will replace the current administration product with MOSS 2007, provide the opportunity to refresh the content, improve collaborative services provided using the MOSS tool set, and the capability to integrate with a range of Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies,” the documents read.

The overhaul, due to commence in May, will involve the application of a new interface design and the consolidation of the agency’s documents down to about 3000 following a content review. Completion is set for mid-August.

In August last year, CrimTrac awarded Logica a multi-million dollar contract to deliver, operate and manage its ICT infrastructure.

Under the terms of the deal, Logica was to provide business continuity capabilities and disaster recovery programs as well as enhancing the reliability of CrimTrac’s system.

In May, CrimTrac collaborated with state police on a trial of the mobile identification of ‘persons of interest’ by using mobile networks to transmit information and photos to a device within 90 seconds of a fingerprint scan.

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