INCIS bits for sale

An announcement of a sell-off of unwanted bits of the aborted INCIS project is expected today.

An announcement of a sell-off of unwanted bits of the aborted INCIS project is expected today.

Details of the sale are still somewhat thin on the ground but the office of State Services minister Trevor Mallard has confirmed that the unused part of the $107 million project will be sold off.

The plug was pulled on INCIS in August last year when IBM pulled out, after five years and a cost over-run of $40 million.

At the time of its inception in 1994 INCIS was the largest document management project in the Southern Hemisphere.

The aim was to have fewer police working in administration and more in the front line, thus reducing costs.

The other business justification of the project - and one which swung the Cabinet of the day behind it - was that the software would be sold to other jurisdictions around the world and provide an ongoing profit for both IBM and the New Zealand government.

Top police officials were still saying a year ago that this would happen, although both they and government ministers have been conspicuously silent on this issue ever since. It is unlikely this week's announcement will include any such sale.

Instead, it is understood that some of the hardware bought for the project will be sold, although a spokeswoman for Mallard would not give any details.

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