UK Police Can't Get Computers To Share Info Until 2010
from the fire-the-programmers dept
Ah, we love a good story about a technology boondoggle. Remember the “revolutionary” $230 million computerized baggage claim system in Denver that, massively delayed the opening of the new airport there, but also was never really used before being shut down completely? It looks like the UK police may be working on something to rival that. Apparently, they’ve invested in a ~$290 million computer system to let police better share data — and the folks working on that project have just announced that, due to various problems, it won’t be ready until 2010 at the earliest. Also, it sounds like various other components are being scaled back and delivered late at the same time. Yes, we realize that building such a large computer system, and making sure that it’s secure, can be a complex task. However, taking five years seems a bit extreme. Not only does it raise questions about whoever is working on the project, it also makes you wonder just how obsolete the system will be by the time it actually rolls out.