Consortium offers 'free' INCIS solution

Blue Star boss Eric Watson is understood to have written to the Prime Minister offering to try to establish a way forward for INCIS so the massive investment made to date is not lost.

A CONSORTIUM OF New Zealand companies, led by the Blue Star Solutions Group, has approached the government offering to help sort out the Police INCIS project.

Computerworld understands Blue Star boss Eric Watson has written to the Prime Minister offering to try to establish a way forward for INCIS so the massive investment made to date is not lost.

The proposal says there is a group of New Zealand companies prepared to invest quite a lot of free endeavour to try to get the right options for the Police and to retain the intellectual property in New Zealand.

The consortium is headed by Blue Star group member company Wang — along with other companies in the group. Advantage Group (Watson owns 14%) and systems integrator and developer RHE are also involved.

Other vendors are also looking at the opportunity presented by INCIS, though it's unlikely any of them is offering "free endeavour". It's certainly a novel approach by Watson, who's known for his entrepreneurial flair in many sectors of industry.

At the end of the day, he makes money and there's no reason to believe the Blue Star consortium approach would have any other goal. Wang general manager client marketing Peter Dickinson wouldn't comment on the issue.

Separately, EDS is understood to be in discussions with the INCIS oversight committee headed by Sir William Birch.

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