Dimension Data has been selected by Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) to deliver networking infrastructure for the $550 million international container terminal at Port of Melbourne's Webb Dock East.
The vendor will provide connections from a data centre to the site, fibre cabling, a CCTV network and 60 Cisco wireless access points. It will also implement an on-site data centre and provide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for test and development.
Cloud for test / development has been operational since January 2015 and the first phase of network infrastructure will be implemented by the time the first cranes arrive in 2016.
VICT will be begin operating in late 2016 and will feature automated container terminals. It is expected to handle more than 1 million 20 foot equivalent unit containers annually (TEU), which will be moved from container ships to delivery trucks.
According to VICT, Wi-Fi connectivity across the 35.4 hectare site will be crucial as the automated container carriers rely on being constantly connected in order to safely transport cargo from waiting vessels, and to sort and stack shipping containers before finally loading delivery trucks.
VICT CEO Anders Dømmestrup said the vendor was selected due to a tight construction schedule which meant it needed a partner with the experience to deliver on time and on target.
“Ultimately, the technical infrastructure will be supporting all of VICT’s mission critical information systems and we trust Dimension Data to deliver our distinct requirements and draw on the unique expertise of its global counterparts,” he said.
The vendor delivered similar infrastructure to London's Gateway, another highly automated terminal.