A planned IT upgrade of Internal Affairs’ identity services division has attracted a healthy response from suppliers.
Internal Affairs spokesman Tony Wallace says the department has received a dozen indications of interest.
How many of those indications turn into firm bids remains to be seen, Wallace says, “but we’re encouraged by the wide interest so far”.
Identity services provides passport, citizenship and births, deaths and marriage registry services from offices in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney and London and the upgrade will involve approximately 400 desktop PCs, Wallace says.
The request for proposals (RFP) consists of two phases, the first of which involves a feasibility and cost-benefit analysis of implementing a thin-client system, along with desktop and other infrastructure requirements and an ongoing management strategy.
The second phase will involve a pilot of the system identified in phase one, plus the supply of hardware and software.
While the RFP states “vendors must be able to demonstrate appropriate experience in thin client as well as traditional desktop technologies”, it’s not a foregone conclusion that identity services will move to the thin client model, Wallace says.
Present IT providers to identity services include HP, gen-i, Intergen and KE Software.