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MBIE to deploy bodycams for frontline staff while MPI looks to APIs

MBIE to deploy bodycams for frontline staff while MPI looks to APIs

Government tender action focuses on delivering health, safety and mobility for the front line.

The Reveal Media RS2-X2L camera was used in MBIE's bodycam trial. Photo: Reveal Media.

The Reveal Media RS2-X2L camera was used in MBIE's bodycam trial. Photo: Reveal Media.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is looking to bodycams to help protect staff from aggressive behaviour and other risks.

The deployment of bodycams comes after a pilot study. It aims to keep frontline staff safe and provide a clear record of any incidents, the Ministry says.

The rollout is part of MBIE's response to the Health and Safety at Work Act to address what it calls "category 1 risks".  

"An identified method of mitigating risks is the use of body worn cameras to act as a control for the category 1 risks of physical environment (uncontrolled) and aggressive behaviour," a tender released this week says.

Bodycams have been in use for Corrections staff in high security prisons for a couple of years and are also used by parking wardens in Dunedin. Police are still considering their deployment.

The equipment used in the pilot (the Reveal Media RS2-X2L camera) was "extremely successful", MBIE says, and it is looking to buy equipment with similar or equivalent benefits.

MBIE specifies the selected camera must charge via micro USB and have a forward-facing monitor. It must also come with a digital evidence management system including encryption and software to securely store and manage camera data.

The Ministry of Primary Industries, meanwhile, is aiming to boost the mobility of frontline staff by increasing access to data via application programming interfaces (APIs).

"To enable this from a technology perspective MPI needs to stand up an application programming interface management capability, to expose data and functionality from our systems," the Ministry's tender says.

The rollout is also for external use, in applications such as business-to-business integration with trusted partners, third parties and customers and the creation of a public facing APIs.

"This API technology should provide the comprehensive set of features required for the full lifecycle management of APIs including an API gateway, API manager and a developer portal," the tender specifies.

As background, MPI's tender also says it is continuing to extend its ICT footprint into public cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) with application services already running on Salesforce and Azure and with plans for future services in AWS and possibly Google.


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