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ZDNet Australia: NSW Police Investigate Linux

Jan 16, 2004, 08:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Gray)

"The New South Wales Police chief information officer, Tony Rooke, says open-source systems deployed by the state's police force are equally as reliable as proprietary systems.

"The NSW Police is currently undertaking a major upgrade to its information infrastructure, made necessary due to the 'exponentially increasing' volume of data handled by the force. Attributing some of the increase to the higher volume of digital evidence in the form of multimedia content, such as surveillance videos and audio material, Rooke said the higher capacity network will more efficiently archive and transmit evidentiary material. A new data centre has also been established to mitigate risks posed by potential terrorist acts against police information systems, and assist in disaster recovery and avoidance, Rooke said. While the deployment of open-source technology is not a stated goal of the initiative, the chief information officer said the force has been dipping its 'toe in the water' with open source tools and operating systems and is assessing their potential..."

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