Unisys scores $50m in immigration contracts

Unisys scores $50m in immigration contracts

Outsourcer gets extension on desktop management services and biometrics solutions contracts with Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Unisys will provide more than $50 million worth of outsourced desktop services and identity management solutions as part of extended contractual agreements with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

The outsourcer has also revealed it is working with the agency to virtualise its IT infrastructure.

According to a press statement, Unisys was granted a two-year extension on its desktop contract through to June 2013, and a further 12 months on its biometric identity authentication work until August 2010. The products and services component is valued at $49.7 million. Biometric equipment is expected to cost another $2.9 million.

In the statement, Unisys Asia-Pacific vice-president for global outsourcing and infrastructure services, Tony Henshaw, said the latest wins showed its ability to work with DIAC in the context of the Gershon report. The Gershon review, which was conducted last year, was aimed at improving Government ICT procurement and spending.

Unisys was originally awarded a desktop outsourcing contract with DIAC in 2007. The arrangement covers service desk operations, business support services and applications support as well as email and Internet. DIAC has 7000 staff in 60 locations in Australia and internationally.

The outsourcer said it was now working with DIAC to virtualise its supporting IT infrastructure and would replace 107 existing servers with eight new units. As part of the deal, Unisys is delivering assessment, design and implementation services along with hardware.

The biometrics contract is part of DIAC’s national Biometrics for Border Control Program and was announced in 2006. The systems supplied by Unisys include fingerprint and facial recognition solutions.

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