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Finnish police are to combine their registers
The new system will be supplied by Tieto and Accenture
Finland will be the first country in the world to combine all police records in a single system, reports the Finnish daily newspaper Aamulehti.
The technical construction of the nationwide system entitled Vitja began at the end of last year, and it is scheduled to be completed by 2014.
The costs to build Vitja will amount to EUR 22 million.
According to National Police Commissioner Mikko Paatero, the new integrated system will facilitate police work.
Thanks to Vitja, officers on patrol and police vehicles will all have access to the same information as officers working at police stations.
Police officers will also be equipped with mobile devices or tablet computers, which will enable them to record a report of an offence for example in the middle of a street.
According to the police, risks pertaining to data privacy have been taken into account.
The IT services company Tieto and the management consulting firm Accenture have been chosen as the suppliers of the new system.
The same companies were responsible for the ill-starred new ticketing system launched by the national rail company VR last autumn, which was supposed to speed up ticket sales.