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Contract for Australian Maritime Identification System reaches $44 million

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A $10 million contract signed between KAZ Group – now Fujitsu – and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) in 2007 has grown to a total of $44 million as of July 2011, according to a contract notice on AusTender.

Fujitsu (through its acquisition of KAZ Group) is a member of the ACBPS’s Application Maintenance and Support Services panel.  This panel was put in place at the same time as ACBPS announced the results of its infrastructure management outsourcing arrangements, which saw HP Enterprise Services relinquish its long held contract to IBM. 

The other members of the panel are:

  • CSC;
  • HP Enterprise Services (formerly EDS); and
  • IBM.

The standing offer (panel) was last extended in 2010, and in its present form will continue through to June 2012.

The $44 million contract covers services related to the development of  the Australian Maritime Identification System (AMIS), which brings existing maritime information, previously ‘siloed’ in a number of federal, state and territory agencies, into one integrated location.

The project was first announced in 2007 as part of a $147.3 million budget boost to strengthen the capabilities of the ACBPS.

The four-year contract has been extended six times and is currently valued at $44 million. While the original contract was due to cover the period 1 July 2007 to 28 February 2009, the latest amendment extends it to September 2011.

The former KAZ Group won a separate $9 million contract for the supply of consultancy services for AMIS in October 2007.

The AMIS is designed to seek, analyse and manage information on vessel identity, crew, passengers, cargo, location, course, speed and intended port of arrival.

AMIS data on known and forecast vessel movements provides targeted surveillance capabilities within Australia’s maritime territories, and is intended to allow the Australian Government to proactively respond to threats as far from the Australian coast as possible.

At inception, it was envisaged the project’s implementation would progress through incremental stages to eventually achieve a solution with functionality resembling that currently in use in the United States. This approach was to offer flexibility by enabling the use of previous designs, and existing commercial and Defence technologies.

According to Intermedium’s contract database, since the Applications Maintenance and Support Services Panel commenced on 22 June 2006:

  • Fujitsu/KAZ Group have won the largest amount of systems integration work at ACBPS, with a total contract value of just over $79 million.  (This figure includes the cumulative total for AMIS); 
  • HP Enterprise Services/ EDS ranks second, with systems integration contracts worth a total of $32.8million;
  • IBM follows, with systems integration contracts worth a total of $11.4 million; and
  • ACBPS has not posted any contracts with CSC on AusTender in the period.

Systems Integration is one of Intermedium’s key sub-categories for IT Services.  Other sub-categories in IT Services include Managed Services (this is the sub-category into which Intermedium has placed IBM’s major infrastructure outsourcing contract with ACBPS), Business Consulting, Labour Hire, Software Support and Hardware Support. 

A variety of other suppliers have won work with ACBPS across these various sub-categories, but none of the scale of Fujitsu, HP Enterprise Services or IBM.


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