Elbit Systems will begin designing the new operational core system for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) within two weeks, the first step in a modernization process expected to reach an investment of 145 million Australian dollars (approximately $133 million). AFP officers presently use a 15 year-old system for managing real time information which has been described by police commander Andrea Quinn as "clunky".
What was originally intended to be a fully local project was shoved aside to the market on January 2011 after a 2008 review examined the issue of governmental budgeting in Australia.
Quinn, the manager of the project cluster that includes the replacement of the system, told the ITnews website that the existing system is a product of a time when the AFP's operational requirements were vastly different than its present requirements.
"International deployments were something that we did not do when the existing system, PROMIS, was built 15 years ago," she said. "We need a system that can be changed according to legislative changes and that will be suitable for the things that we do today."
The PROMIS system will be replaced by a COTS solution designed and implemented by Elbit Australia, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems. Quinn said that the intelligence-centered solution has already been deployed by several governmental organizations in Israel.
The implementation of the project is expected to take 43 months and is expected to go operational in March 2017. The cost of the project covers the implementation process and an additional five years of further maintenance costs. The new system will include the capabilities of four current systems: two PROMIS versions, an evidence management system and a professional standards reporting system.