NSW Police has signed a new contract with Unisys to provide application and infrastructure support services for its image-management system.
Unisys was engaged back in 2009 in a $6 million three-year deal to implement the system on two Unisys ES3000 servers. It was meant to deal with the one million images that the forensic team took annually, in addition to images and video contributed by the public, taking care of storing the images as well as the process of managing, sharing and accessing images. The system also keeps a record of what occurs to the images to ensure forensic integrity.
The forensic teams now take over two million images and video footage annually, so the system needed some changes. The new contract, which is set to run for 40 months, will see Unisys work with NSW Police's Operational Information Agency and Forensic Services Group to further improve the system and provide support services, such as patch management.
"Since the NSW Police Force implemented its digital imagery-management system, the volume of digital imagery made available for use in investigations has increased exponentially — from crime scene forensic photography through to CCTV footage from shopping centres and railway stations, as well as photos and video submitted by the public," Inspector David Brogden, manager of Digital and Biometric Technologies at the Operational Information Agency said in a statement.
"It is critical such data is protected from allegations of tampering or alteration while being made available to assist investigations. We are now well positioned to take advantage of further innovations, such as facial recognition and intelligent video analytics, as they become available."