The Department of Internal Affairs and the NZ Police have signed on to the Government Shared Network (GSN), joining nine other agencies.
The GSN is a custom-built network that enables government agencies to share information securely and cost effectively at higher speeds. It was built by a consortium of providers including IBM and Wellington-based FX Networks.
"A key benefit of the GSN is that the infrastructure is shared only by state sector organisations," Laurence Millar, deputy commissioner information and communication technologies with the State Services Commission, says.
Among the other agencies who have signed up so far are Archives NZ, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Labour, Maritime NZ, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, State Services Commission and Te Puni Kokiri.