Gov: We want cheap police tablets and by God we'll get them
SCC pressurised to cut costs of fondling cop-slabs
The Minister for Policing and Justice is leaning on reseller-cum-integrator SCC to slash the cost of fondleslabs for cops by reducing the number of sub-contractors it works with under the pan-government Sprint ii framework.
The 43 forces in England and Wales were mandated in March 2011 to use Sprint ii to procure commodity hardware and software and Birmingham-based SCC was the only accredited supplier in the agreement.
Minister Nick Herbert, told Parliament on Monday that Government Procurement Services and SCC were "exploring ways to reduce the range of sub-suppliers who provide tablet computers and other hardware products".
"This is expected to provide further opportunities for greater price reductions while maintaining an element of product choice," he added.
Herbert was responding to Labour MP Keith Vaz's question in Parliament on Monday asking if the Department planned to open the procurement of tablets to a wider competitive tender.
The National Policing Improvement Agency today runs Information Systems Improvement Strategy (ISIS) - an IT reform programme - but Picto is set to take responsibility for ICT when NPIA is abolished under UK gov plans.
SCC and NPIA were unavailable to comment at the time of going to press. ®
The Police used to get better results when they were still analogue and used their two legs to get round. As always, someone really believes technology is the answer to all ills, sadly it will change nothing just as the issue of the blackberry changed nothing.
it's NOT the HW costs, stupid
It's the HUGE cost added on by the delivery / SI partner as we have seen time after time with the NHS.
Where else but the UK could a £400 PC come in at £3,750?
Gotta keep those shareholders fat in profit!
> Every government says they'll get rid of red tape and such forms but never do, I guess the information gathered is too important to someone.
The problem is that the police used to be trusted. But then it became too obvious to ignore that lots of black people were being arrested / stopped / 'sussed' while whites weren't. It became so prevalent that mainstream BBC comedy could make jokes about it.
The paperwork provides the statistical evidence that keeps the police in check.