Communications and networking integrator, 3D Networks, has scored a contract with the soon-to-be-opened Macquarie University Private Hospital.
Under the deal, 3D will provide business data, voice, LAN, wireless network and system infrastructure design and installation.The technology will largely be based on Nortel, using its carrier-grade data and IP telephony infrastructure.
3D business development manager, Ivan Lobo, said it was a strategic win for the integrator, which is worth in excess of $2 million.
The Macquarie University Private Hospital is an $80 million joint venture between Macquarie University and Dalcross Private Hospital due to be opened next year.
“We’re doing the complete end-to-end network infrastructure plus voice, data and asset tracking over a wireless LAN,” Lobo said. “We’re additionally working with the hospital to understand what their whole Microsoft strategy is going to be as well.”
According to Lobo 3D was primarily up against IBM, HP and Fujitsu for the deal.
Lobo said it was a complex design for the client because it involved working with a number of different elements of their infrastructure. They included medical IT, security, building management and also interfacing with the school of medicine and its clinics.
“We want to give the user a seamless experience across the different silos,” he said. “Patient information has a lot of sensitivity attached to it and one needs to be extremely careful in terms of how that information is protected at all times, while providing seamless access.”
The customer required a platform which they could leverage into the future, Lobo said.
“It allows them to scale and provide a high level of security. It’s also aligned with a framework that offers the ability to easily migrate and adopt future technologies such as Microsoft unified communications,” he said.
As a part of the contract, Lobo said the integrator would look to hire five to ten extra staff across Microsoft consulting, data networking and voice.
“Recruitment is underway to address some of the requirements,” he said. “We’re definitely speaking with the hospital around their whole Microsoft strategy and around the whole desktop and storage elements. That’s another part of 3D’s business, which is definitely set to grow, and opportunities like this act as a key catalyst for this strategy.”