Police announce Unisys deal

Almost three years after the failed $107 million INCIS contract with IBM, Unisys will take over management of Police computer systems.

Almost three years after the Police INCIS computer debacle the department has signed a deal for future supply and management of its systems.

Unisys will take the place of IBM, the supplier burned by the $107 million INCIS failure.

The initial four-year contract to manage computer infrastructure replacement will cover desktop computers, laptops, printers and system architecture. The deal follows Unisys's successful replacement of IBM's OS/2 operating system with Windows NT on more than 360 Police servers in a $3 million deal in 2000.

Deputy Police Commissioner Lynne Provost says in a statement: "It is expected that Police and Unisys New Zealand will work in a long-term strategic partnership with other providers to maintain and enhance the Police's infrastructure."

Provost, who was unavailable for comment when the announcement was made late yesterday, has earlier been reported saying the Unisys contract could last 10 years.

Police spokeswoman Sarah Martin says she is unable to put a figure on the cost of the contract, but confirms it could be extended.

Martin says it is not an outsourcing deal and the police will own the equipment.

Unisys spokeswoman Joanna Grochowicz says her firm is unable to comment on the deal.

INCIS was abandoned in October 1999, sparking a ministerial inquiry.

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