UXC wins multi million dollar DFAT contract

Bespoke system to be deployed to more than 130 embassies

UXC Limited has won a deal worth more than $5.9 million with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to deploy a new Consular Assistance Information System (CAIS) in Canberra.

The system will be deployed to more than 130 Australian overseas embassies and consular posts around the world.

The CAIS solution is part a major redevelopment of the DFAT's consular business systems to improve the department's ability to locate and assist Australians involved in a crisis abroad and meet an increasing demand for consular service as a result of the changing global geopolitical environment.

When fully deployed the system will provide a Web-enabled registration of Australians travelling overseas, issue DFAT travel advices, enhanced case and crisis management, increased information analysis and data exchange with international systems.

It will also provide a central coordination cross agency hub (portal) for the management of international crises and a central knowledge base for all documents relevant to DFAT embassies and consular posts.

The new bespoke system will replace and enhance an existing solution with a contemporary service-oriented architecture (SOA) design, which will be developed using a Microsoft suite of technologies including .NET 3, BizTalk, SharePoint and SQL Server Replication Services.

UXC business solutions group CEO, Cris Nicolli, said the Australian services firm was able to develop a customised solution that met DFAT's unique requirements.

Nicolli said the project kicks off immediately with staged deployment occurring throughout the next two years.

UXC Limited is an ASX-listed company with a market capitalization of some $320 million and 2,300 staff.

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