Disease control system sought

MAF is seeking a critical intelligence software tool to be the framework for controlling animal diseases, including foot and mouth.

MAF is seeking a critical intelligence software tool to be the framework for controlling animal diseases, including foot and mouth.

While there has never been a recorded case of foot-and-mouth in New Zealand, a recent review of MAF’s capability to respond to an outbreak “indicated the need for the completion of key foot and mouth preparedness projects”, according to tender documents issued by MAF.

The tools sought include response management software, a GIS system that fits in with MAF’s own GIS infrastructure and a web-based application interface.

Up to 90 reports will be required, using Crystal Reports and interoperability with other related government databases such as AgriBase and LINZ.

All information relating to the response will be accessible from a single repository and round the clock support will be required from the provider in the event of a disease outbreak.

Normal working hours are to be covered at other times.

Tenders close on December 19 and the successful respondent is to be selected by the end of January.

A MAF spokesperson told Computerworld that as the RFP has not yet closed, nor the preferred vendors selected, it is inappropriate to make further comment.

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