The Australian Government’s primary law enforcement agency, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is seeking to upgrade an aging voice communication system with a reliable solution that will allow members of the force to communicate nationally. This week the AFP has released a Request for Tender calling for an experienced contractor to upgrade the existing radio network and introduce newer technologies allowing for system integration both now and into the future.
The integrated solution is to comprise of:
(a) a Push-to-Talk (PTT) capability over APCO P25 (P25) and commercial carrier networks (LTE); and
(b) associated and appropriate portable/mobile P25 and PTT over LTE devices to support this capability.
The proposed system needs to integrate with the AFP’s future-state radio network and enable interoperability with AFP partner jurisdictions. As with all Commonwealth procurements, the AFP will be seeking a value for money solution which in this case will include whole of life support costs (obsolecence, maintenance etc). The AFP has proposed a weighted evaluation criteria, with suitability of solution & services as the highest priority.
While the conditions allow for the AFP to contract with more than one company for the services, the preference is for one service provider. So it is recommended that only bidders that can provide the complete service attempt this tender or otherwise consider establishing a partnership/consortium for the bid.
The initial contract period is for four years with an option to extend further 4 years. An industry briefing was held on 25 May, however if you missed this, the details should be available on Austender shortly. Tenders are due on the 25 June 18 and the AFP intend to be in contract by August 18.