ICT solutions and services provider, Dimension Data, has been selected by Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) to deliver the required information technology infrastructure for the $550 million terminal at Port of Melbourne's Webb Dock East.
Expected to begin operating in fourth quarter 2016, VICT will not only be located at Webb Dock East, which sits at the mouth of the Yarra River within the largest commercial port in Australia, but will also be one of the most automated and advanced container terminals in the world.
As per the agreement, Dimension Data will provide the underlying end-to-end network infrastructure for the container terminal.
It will deliver every element of the technical infrastructure up to the application level, including physical connectivity from the datacentre 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.
This is in addition to implementing the on-site datacentre and providing IaaS for test and development from Dimension Data’s Melbourne Managed Cloud Platform. Dimension Data delivered similar infrastructure to London Gateway – another highly automated terminal, twice the size of London’s CBD.
It will also enable VICT to move more than one million twenty foot equivalent unit containers from container ships to delivery trucks, and vice versa, without human interaction via automated technologies. Critical to the performance of these automated technologies will be the network infrastructure being provided by Dimension Data.
Dimension Data Australia CEO, Rodd Cunico, said Wi-Fi connectivity across the 35.4 hectare 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 finally loading delivery trucks.
“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 infrastructure. None of this could be made possible without the right expertise,” he said.
VICT CEO, Anders Dømmestrup, said Dimension Data was ultimately selected because a tight construction schedule meant that VICT needed a partner with the experience and expertise to deliver on time and on target.
“Ultimately, the technical infrastructure will be supporting all of VICT’s mission critical information systems and we trust Dimension Data to deliver our distinct requirements and draw on the expertise of its global counterparts,” he said.