Unisys wins DOJ contract to develop cloud-based mobile applications for law enforcement officers, citizens
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has selected Blue Bell, PA-based Unisys Corporation to upgrade the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) systems used by the office of justice programs (OJP), the company announced on November 25.
Under this new contract, worth up to $19 million over three years, if all options are exercised, Unisys will upgrade NCJRS by migrating its web services to a secure cloud environment and providing shared web services managed through a common web content management system. Customers seeking information from OJP will be able to browse available resources without navigating through multiple websites with disparate layouts. Awarded through the DOJ’s Information Technology Support Services-4 contract following a competitive bid process, the project represents new work for Unisys.
The OJP uses NCJRS systems to provide program awareness and technical assistance to federal, state, local and tribal justice agencies and to provide a clearinghouse for distribution of criminal justice information.
Unisys will centralize and consolidate NCJRS web-based services to a common secure cloud platform, including infrastructure, applications, content, and publishing processes, in order to reduce costs and duplicative processes. The project is designed to give citizens and justice and law enforcement workers access to information and services anywhere, anytime, and on any device, the company said.
Unisys will leverage its global best practices from its Application Modernization Center of Excellence (AMCOE) to deliver innovative application services. Unisys experts will focus on building mobile apps to allow citizens and justice agencies to easily access NCJRS information via mobile devices on Windows, iOS and Android platforms.
“Unisys’ history as a leading provider of IT support services to the Department of Justice, as well as a provider of mobile apps to government and commercial organizations, uniquely positions us to help OJP upgrade the NCJRS program,” said Venkatapathi “PV” Puvvada, acting president, Unisys Federal Systems. “We appreciate the opportunity to assist in this effort to make it easier for state and local justice and law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. to work with the department to improve the effectiveness of their programs.”