UXC wins multi-million dollar DFAT deal

UXC wins multi-million dollar DFAT deal

Services company hopes it will open more government opportunities for local businesses

ASX-listed services outfit, UXC, has landed a $5.9 million deal with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to develop and deploy a Consular Assistance Information System (CAIS).

UXC business solutions group CEO, Cris Nicolli, said it was one of the bigger deals it had won.

"I think what is more gratifying is that it's a recognition by a major and high profile government department that has entrusted an Australian company to support them on a very complex and high profile application service that they want to deliver to their constituents," he said. "We think this is the first of a number of very important government decisions that we are hoping will go our way."

CAIS will be installed at DFAT's Canberra base as well as across 130 overseas Australian embassies. It will help DFAT provide online registration of Australian nationals travelling overseas, issue travel advice and bulletins, enhance case and crisis management, increase consular management capability to support staff as well as increase information analysis, reporting and data exchange. It will also provide staff with a central, cross agency portal.

The system will be made up of Microsoft technologies, including NET 3, BizTalk, SharePoint and SQL server replication services.

"This [CAIS rollout] is part of a number of technology refreshes DFAT is doing," Nicolli said. "The ability to support Australians overseas is the business driver and DFAT wanted a system that allows them to add functionality to how they can support those people or companies.

"At the moment it's a very high profile area and they want to make sure they have the best systems and processes in place."

The CAIS platform will be deployed over the next two years.

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