Emergency services shifts to the cloud

By Critical Comms Staff
Tuesday, 11 April, 2017

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The Victoria State Emergency Services (SES) has moved its core infrastructure to the cloud.

Data#3 successfully deployed the hybrid cloud system, including Microsoft’s public cloud, within the SES.

This is a significant step for an organisation that provides state-wide emergency assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The new platform enables VIC SES to be more agile and efficient in responding to critical incidents and emergencies, including bushfires, floods, storms, road rescues or search and rescue operations.

“The new technology gives our people in the field quick and easy access to our systems, which is so important when it comes to reporting incidents and emergency information,” VIC SES Manager Information Services Andrew Ferrarese said.

“Whether it’s providing location data for response coordination or assessing potential threats, our new ICT environment plays a crucial role in minimising risk to the community.”

Data#3 was chosen as VIC SES’s preferred partner primarily due to its Microsoft capabilities and Azure expertise, as well as its experience in the Victorian emergency management landscape, where several agencies entrust their critical infrastructure to them.

The contract also includes a three-year support plan for managed services.

“Our vision is to harness the power of people and technology for a better future,” Data#3 Chief Executive Officer Laurence Baynham said.

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