South Australia CIO plans for cloud in budget 2014-15

South Australia will make plans to embrace cloud computing over the next year, with SA Police, SA Water, and the Attorney-General's Department gaining significant IT budgets for 2014-15.
Written by Chris Duckett, Contributor

The Office of the Chief Information Officer for South Australia identified cloud computing as a target for the upcoming fiscal year in the state's budget papers released today.

The CIO office said that it intends to develop position papers for the use of cloud computing, social media, and open technology for its existing Open Government, Open Data, and StateNet programs.

Over AU$5.8 million will be allocated for the next twelve months to "complete the StateNet Core Network and consolidation of the Central Data Network and supporting facilities", the estimate total cost is expected to be AU$17.6 million.

An upgrade of the government's gateway infrastucture was also flagged to "reduce operational support" costs.

As part of the budget papers, the CIO office revealed that it expects to handle 860 terabytes of data through its central data network in 2014-15, up from an estimated 718TB for 2013-14, and the 567TB transported in 2012-13.

The agency expects to handle almost 1.3 billion emails in the year, of which it expects 1.2 billion to be spam — an expectation that matches the historical data provided.

A three-year AU$17.2 million cross-government licensing agreement signed with Microsoft, and the creation of the cross-government South Australia Connected IT strategy, were highlighed by the CIO office as achievements over the past twelve months.

Although not as littered with IT projects as in the NSW budget on Tuesday, the South Australian government did announce a number of technology-related projects.

The SA Police intend to spend AU$780,000 for new facial recognition technology, and AU$630,000 for the creation of a crime tracking, and a crime reporting app. The crime tracking app will allow victims of crime to "track the investigation and progress of reported crimes", and is due to be completed in the June quarter of 2016. The new facial recognition and crime reporting app are slated to be completed around this time next year.

Over AU$3 million will be spent by the Attorney-General's Department over the next twelve months to upgrade IT systems involved in fine recovery, liquor licensing, and gambling. It will also spend a final AU$1.38 million to complete a $AU22.3 million replacement for the state's computer dispatch system for its emergency services.

Health picked up AU$2.2 million to continue its IT master plan.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure plan to extend the rollout of real-time tracking of buses, trains, and trams, and update its Adelaide Metro journey planner with Google integration.

Like New South Wales, the largest IT line item in the budget was allocated to the state water utility, with AU$24.7 million filed against a description of "improve business information technology systems."

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