AFP investigates new computer application system

Replacement will form foundation structure over next decade

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is set to replace its Police Real-time Online Management Information System (PROMIS) with a new platform and architecture intended to support the AFP’s operations for the next 15 years.

According to the AFP, PROMIS is approximately 15 years old, evolving a complex database structure over time.

"The PROMIS database structure is large, catering for approximately 20,000 different data items," AFP documents on the project read. "There is no logical data model that provides an understanding of the information from business perspective."

The replacement platform will provide the agency an "enterprise class capability" enabling it to respond to business changes quickly.

“[The system] must be based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software products minimising the need for customised development," the documents read.

"Although the offering must be based on COTS software products, the AFP recognises that some developed applications may be required. It must be a single software product or a number of tightly integrated COT products."

The new system will support a number of operations for the AFP, including investigation, intelligence, general policing operations and protection as well as property management and criminal records.

Installation is expected to be complete in August 2011.

The project forms part of a four-year organisational change program encompassing business processes, policy and ICT change aimed at improving policing and security.

The AFP is also overhauling its data and systems security with the deployment of new organisation-wide antivirus and anti-malware suites and in May 2010, it announced plans to upgrade its SAP environment.

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