iiNet has been chosen as the preferred NBN supplier for The Department of Police & Emergency Management in Tasmania.
The contract falls under the Networking Tasmania II agreement with the Tasmanian State Government. The upgrade to NBN services, which will be rolled out over a three-year period, will see iiNet supply the Department with a managed connection service, providing safe and reliable internet and network connections between its Police Station's and the Tasmanian Government's core network. iiNet chief business officer, Greg Bader, said, "The Department's decision to move to the NBN now, makes it an early adopter of Australia's newest transformational technologies. Like many of our business customers, the Department is thinking about how the NBN can provide business efficiencies today and in the future." The upgrade is significant, with over half of the Department's police stations scheduled to access internet services through the NBN by 2014. This is the first state police and emergency management department to sign up to the NBN. Tasmanian Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology, David O'Byrne, said, "We're keen to see how we can take full advantage of the opportunities the NBN offers, and give our police and emergency management officers the best technology available to support them in the work they do." "iiNet worked with us to trial the upgrades while still providing backup DSL connections. This meant we could take advantage of the technology's speed and efficiency, while having the assurance of the backup network," the department's Deputy Director Corporate Services, Todd Crawford, said The Department has a dedicated Tasmanian iiNet account team, led by Nathan Mollineaux.
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"The NBN is already proving to reduce the time it takes our staff to complete online tasks, has increased the efficiency and speed of sharing information and will ultimately allow our officers to be more mobile and spend more time on the ground in the community," Northern District Commander, Richard Cowling, said. "The significant increases in network speed available with iiNet's services will enable us to achieve, over time, even greater efficiencies through the use of the NBN, particularly in regional Tasmania." iiNet has been providing the department with network services since 2010 and has worked closely with them to ensure timely access to the latest technology.