Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Hunt For Computer System Partner Under Way

Hunt For Computer System Partner Under Way

Expressions of interest are being sought for the development of a customised computer system that could transform the way the country’s Regional Councils manage their information.

The Northland Regional Council (NRC) and Environment Waikato are spearheading a project to develop a system dubbed ‘IRIS’ – the Integrated Regional Information System – to process Regional Councils’ environmental monitoring, regulatory and administrative work.

Another eight Regional Councils have also expressed interest in exploring the IRIS concept, which would be one of the biggest collaborative projects of its type and offer a cost-effective solution to a growing problem Councils face as their existing individual computer systems effectively come to the end of their working lives.

Ken Paterson, Chief Executive Officer for the Northland Regional Council, says working with other Councils could ultimately save Northland ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, making it good financial, technical and common sense.

He says the complexity and types of work Regional Councils carry out necessitates a system that simply can’t be purchased off-the-shelf.

Unlike District or City Councils – whose computer systems tend to relate to specific land-based properties or to infrastructural assets like roads or sewerage systems – Regional Councils environmental monitoring and other work requires them to know the location of a myriad of activities and where and how they are happening.

“Northland Regional Council staff alone log thousands of environmental and other monitoring activities annually. But our existing system is now about seven years old, we can’t get enhancements for it and technical support is becoming increasingly limited.”

Mr Paterson says when he joined the Northland Regional Council earlier this year, its ratepayers had been facing a potential bill of anywhere from $750,000 to several million dollars to replace its existing system.

Unhappy at that cost and believing a collaborative approach would offer technical and financial advantages, he had pitched the idea for an IRIS-type system to his fellow Regional Council Chief Executives.


As a result NRC and Environment Waikato are now poised to call for expressions of interest from companies keen to partner with Regional Councils to develop the system.

The two Councils expect this initial feasibility work will attract interest from both New Zealand and overseas companies and hope to have identified a preferred partner by early next year.

Although the NRC and Environment Waikato are currently leading the project, another eight Councils have also expressed potential interest in IRIS and are helping to jointly fund the initial $30,000 costs involved. They are Auckland Regional Council, Environment Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Horizons and Taranaki Regional Councils, the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Environment Southland and the West Coast Regional Council.

Mr Paterson says companies keen to become potential development partners will be assessed against a number of criteria.

“Once a preferred partner has been identified, we should be in a position to prepare more accurate costings and a detailed project plan. It will then be up to Regional Councils individually to make their own decisions as to whether they wish to proceed.”

Mr Paterson says ultimately IRIS could require a joint total investment of several million dollars. Provided enough Councils were prepared to back it, several thousand Regional Council staff around the country could be using the system from 2009.

The Expression of Interest document is available at www.gets.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Westpac: Sets Out Plan To Go Cheque-Free

Westpac NZ has announced details of its plan to phase out cheques, after signalling in May that it would be supporting a move to other forms of payment. Cheques will cease to be available as a means of payment after 25 June 2021. Westpac NZ General ... More>>

ALSO:

NZTA: Major New Zealand Upgrade Programme Projects Go To Tender

Two major New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects are beginning tenders for construction. The New Zealand Upgrade Programme is a $6.8 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas. The first Auckland ... More>>

Reserve Bank: RBNZ Seeks To Preserve Benefits Of Cash

The Reserve Bank – Te Pūtea Matua is taking on a new role of steward of the cash system “to preserve the benefits of cash for all who need them”, Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby told the Royal Numismatics Society of New Zealand annual conference ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Double-Dip Recession Next Year, But Housing Rolls On

New Zealand's economy is expected to slip back into recession early next year as delayed job losses, falling consumer spending, and the absence of international tourists bites into growth. More>>

ALSO:

Microsoft New Zealand: Microsoft Expands “Highway To A Hundred Unicorns” Initiative To Support Startups In Asia Pacific

New Zealand, 14 October 2020 – Today Microsoft for Startups launches the Highway to a Hundred Unicorns initiative in Asia Pacific to strengthen the region’s startup ecosystem. This follows the initiative’s success in India, where 56 startups were ... More>>

Fonterra: Farmers Taking Another Step Towards New Zealand’s Low Emissions Food Production

They’re hot off the press and intended to help take the heat out of climate change. Fonterra farmers are already among the world’s most sustainable producers of milk and now have an additional tool in their sustainability toolbox. Over the last few ... More>>

ALSO:



Courts: Businessman Eric Watson Sentenced To A Four-Month Jail Term

New Zealand businessman Eric Watson has been sentenced to a four-month jail term in the UK for contempt of court, TVNZ reports. More>>

OECD: Area Employment Rate Falls By 4.0 Percentage Points, To 64.6% In Second Quarter Of 2020

The OECD area employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – fell by 4.0 percentage points, to 64.6%, in the second quarter of 2020, its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2010. Across the OECD area, 560 million persons ... More>>

Spark: Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s CBD with the power of 5G. 5G is ... More>>

Stats NZ: Monthly Migration Remains Low

Since the border closed in late-March 2020, net migration has averaged about 300 a month, Stats NZ said today. In the five months from April to August 2020, overall net migration was provisionally estimated at 1,700. This was made up of a net gain ... More>>

University of Canterbury: Proglacial Lakes Are Accelerating Glacier Ice Loss

Lake Tasman, New Zealand | 2016 | Photo: Dr Jenna Sutherland Meltwater lakes that form at glacier margins cause ice to recede much further and faster compared to glaciers that terminate on land, according to a new study. But the effects of these glacial ... More>>

ALSO:

Dairy: Fonterra Sells China Farms

Fonterra has agreed to sell its China farms for a total of $555 million (RMB 2.5 billion*1), after successfully developing the farms alongside local partners. Inner Mongolia Natural Dairy Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of China Youran Dairy Group Limited ... More>>

ALSO: