FSANZ looking to spend $1 million on Harvest

Agency opens tender to replace its legacy database with a new modelling and analysis platform

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has opened a tender to replace its legacy database with a new modelling and analysis platform.

In mid-November the agency flagged it would be releasing a tender for the new system, which is set to be called 'Harvest'.

The contract is estimated at $1 million to $1.2 million and requires the winning bidder to provide the new platform with existing capabilities and new functions in one application.

Tender documents said FSANZ creates a large quantity of scientific data as part of the risk assessments it conducts on food related issues through its two custom-built systems: DIAMOND (Dietary Modelling of Nutritional Data) and ANDB (Australian Nutrient Data Bank).

Both system were created over a decade ago and are now in need of an update; the new system will be called Harvest and is expected to be in place by the end of June 2011.

It is expected the new system will be used in parallel with the existing platforms "for a period prior to June 2011".

The Harvest system will also need to be available 24/7, have a 10-year life span and provide enhanced online access.

"The current DIAMOND and ANDB systems have limitations that restrict concurrent online usage to no more than 10 people, five using Diamond and five using ANDB," tender documents read. "Harvest is expected to support the online access of all of FSANZ, around 150 people and some external agencies (assume 20 or more)."

For connectivity FSANZ is also looking to boost its existing 1Mb communications link between its Wellington and Canberra offices to a 5Mb connection.

The agency has not outlined a preferred solution for the new system but said it must be compatible with the XMLA standard and the ODBC database standard.

An industry briefing will be held on December 10 at the agency's Canberra office from 1pm.

The tender closes on February 2 and more information can be found on the FSANZ website

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