Vision-Box is on the hunt for fresh tech talent in the local market after winning a major deal from the Federal Government worth around $22.7 million for the provision of automated processing technology for Australia’s airports.
Vision-Box is a Portuguese automated border control and electronic identity solutions provider. The company’s flagship e-gate offering employs biometric facial recognition technology.
The Federal Government revealed on 27 July it had awarded the multimillion-dollar contract to the Australian operation of Vision-Box for the delivery of an automated, ‘contactless traveller’ clearance process for the country’s airports.
While the Government valued the three-year contract, which runs from 26 June to 25 June 2020, at $22.5 million, tender documents published on 27 July put the deal’s total value closer to $22.7 million.
The deal will see Vision-Box’s local outfit deliver upgraded biometric technology, enabling the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to use biometric data to clear passengers arriving at Australian international airports.
Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, said that the project is another step towards “contactless traveller”.
“Australia is committed to being a world leader in the use of biometrics at our border to facilitate legitimate travel, protect our community and prevent the activities of potential terrorists and criminals,” Dutton said.
“The Government’s investment in advanced state-of-the-art biometric systems continues to enhance existing border automation measures and further improves the efficiency and speed of border processing for legitimate travellers, who represent the vast majority of people crossing Australia’s border,” he said.
The investment is part of the Government’s broader $123.6 million investment in improving the country’s border control technology and systems.
In early July, just days after the terms of the new contract kicked off, Vision-Box Australia took to recruitment website, SEEK, to advertise for a host of new jobs within its local operation.
According to SEEK, the company’s local operation is looking for permanent technical support specialists in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra.
The jobs involve hardware and software operations, including hands-on fixes, installing and upgrading software, implementing file backups, and configuring systems. The roles also include the rollout and installation of new systems, and the testing and configuration of new systems.
At the same time, Vision-Box Australia is also on the hunt for a senior software developer and an incident manager, both based in Canberra.
While the company has not specifically indicated that the recruitment drive is directly related to the new contract win, it is highly likely the two are linked, given that the new jobs popped up just over a week after the contract began.
The Government went to tender in December last year for the sourcing of an automated border control solution at Australian airports, to replace the current arrival SmartGates system.
In early July, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection put a related request out to tender, this time for the provision of automated processing at Australian ports.
Vision-Box was among the local tech players, including Datacom, IBM, Telstra, Hewlett-Packard Australia (HPE) and Fujitsu, that attended an industry briefing about the tender process for the project on 10 July.
The projects are part of the Government’s so-called “Seamless Traveller” initiative.
Revealed in 2015, the Seamless Traveller initiative was slated to receive $93.7 million in funding over the subsequent five years for the rollout of next generation automated biometric processing at major air and sea ports.