Dimension Data was won a deal to provide the underlying network infrastructure for the Port of Melbourne’s $550 million Victoria International Container Terminal.
Dimension Data will provide ‘every’ element of the technical infrastructure up to the application level, including physical connectivity from the data centre to the site itself, fibre cabling within the site, a customs-grade CCTV network and more than 60 Cisco wireless access points across the 35.4 hectare site at Port of Melbourne’s Webb Dock East.
Dimension Data says Wi-Fi connectivity across the site will be particularly crucial as VICT’s automated container carriers rely on being constantly connected in order to safely transport cargo from waiting vessels and to sort and stack shipping containers before loading delivery trucks.
VICT will be one of the most automated and advanced container terminals in the world and is expected to handle more than one million 20-foot equivalent unit containers annually.
Dimension Data is also responsible for implementing the on-site data centre and providing infrastructure-as-a-service for test and development from its Melbourne managed cloud platform.
Rodd Cunico, Dimension Data Australia chief executive, says VICT is a perfect example of how technology is completely redefining the way we look at business.
“From the second a shipping container leaves the deck of a container vessel, the process becomes fully automated through mission critical information systems and the supporting technical infrastruture,” Cunico says.
“None of this could be made possible without the right expertise.”
Anders Dømmestrup, VICT chief executive, says the technical infrastructure provided by Dimension Data will be supporting all of VICT’s mission critical information systems and Dimension Data was chosen because a tight construction schedule meant VICT needed a partner with the experience and expertise to deliver on time and on target.