SAPS to invest R700m in technology


South Africa’s national police will spend R700 million to upgrade its network capacity in an effort to better serve the public.

Speaking yesterday at the annual GovTech conference, in Durban, Willie Meyer, section head for crime systems and infrastructure management at the South African Police Service (SAPS), said the focus would be on upgrading existing systems and introducing new processes.

“What we’re trying to do is speed up justice and speed up services on our side. But there are severe challenges in terms of our network,” he said.

ITWeb reports improvements will be made to the network to improve connectivity between the various police stations. Over 277 priority sites – which included police stations and switching centres – had been completed and another 200 had been identified for this year.
“Treasury was kind to us and gave us a lot of money, in terms of implementing new systems. Implementation will happen at priority sites as identified by the Department of Justice. We are working together so we can push information through.”

He said that, while the SAPS was working to improve its services as part of the Integrated Justice System, many challenges still remain. These include dealing with the abuse of management processes, upgrading its network capacity, funding for police services, and duplication of work.

Identity and access management must also be improved. The SAPS would introduce a single logon to all SAPS systems using biometric technology, Meyer said. This would end the corruption which had resulted from the passwords and username systems, currently used by the police, he explained.

He added that new capabilities would be added to the locally developed GEMC3 incident management software system. The system will soon include an integrated mobile vehicle data and control system, digital data/voice logging system, caller line identification, and integrated CCTV.

The tender for detention management systems, which will provide it with identification services for anyone in detention, will be issued in the next few weeks, he said. Contract negotiations are under way with Unisys to renew its property control exhibit management systems, Meyer revealed.

Facial recognition and compilation systems would be introduced and the SAPS is drawing up the tender, which should be available later this year. Biometric enhancement solutions would be introduced, he said.