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The Frame Group Develops ICT Infrastructure Plan for Melbourne Airport

  • 23 October, 2009 14:05

<p>Sydney, 23 October 2009 - The Frame Group, an Australian technology services company, today announced that it has just completed a 20-year ICT infrastructure plan for Melbourne Airport. The project required preparation of detailed short-term and ten-year action plans, plus a high-level 20-year outlook. The ICT strategy was distilled into four separate strategic plans covering: data centre, network and systems infrastructure, applications and disaster planning.</p>
<p>Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited, owner of Melbourne Airport, commissioned the project to identify how ICT can best support the Airport's 20-year capital development plan. While security, reliability and scalability are natural concerns for the Airport, other requirements of the plan included compliance with global standards, cost containment, and risk management and mitigation.</p>
<p>Mark Funston, IT Manager, Melbourne Airport, comments, “ICT is a major part of the Airport's day-to-day operations and it will become increasingly important as we support the business with additional services. What we are doing now is investing in the core to provide better services for the airlines, our tenants, our operations and for the passengers who use our terminals. These services will help airlines operating at Melbourne Airport improve their on-time performance, reduce their capital and start-up costs and enable new passenger services.”</p>
<p>A key requirement of the strategy was to identify how to consolidate ICT services across tenants and airlines in order to reduce the cost of operating at Melbourne Airport. To do this, Frame developed an enterprise service provider (ESP) framework: putting the focus on managing services (like wireless and email) rather than their infrastructure components in isolation (servers, routers). The model supports the organisation’s desire to consolidate and centralise business functions. And with the accompanying financial model, the Airport is able to attribute costs to services and to normalise capital expenditure with operations expenditure.</p>
<p>Development of the ICT strategy builds on Frame's existing relationship with Melbourne Airport. Since 2007, Frame has been engaged in a series of projects relating to the design and deployment of a multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) carrier-grade network for the Airport's $330 million international terminal upgrade. The network will connect new outbound international passenger security and Customs processing zones, additional international baggage capabilities, a redesigned passenger concourse and aircraft parking bays, with a range of services such as wireless, flight information displays, TV over IP, unified communications and building management systems.</p>
<p>Melbourne Airport is home to 150 businesses including airlines, office developments, retail and other commercial ventures. Its ICT infrastructure links most Airport facilities and buildings and is an essential component in the delivery of car parking systems, Airport surveillance and security services.</p>
<p>The Frame Group</p>
<p>The Frame Group is a technology services company and works as a trusted advisor using a customised, proven approach to solving business issues with technology solutions. Its core capabilities are data centres, unified communications, information solutions and business process consulting. Customers include CBA, Westpac, Suncorp Metway, Queensland Health, Queensland Transport, Fairfax Business Media, Channel 7, Bovis Lend Lease, University of NSW, Sydney Water and various state and federal government agencies.</p>
<p>The Frame Group is an ISO 9001 Quality Endorsed Company.</p>

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