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NEC provides IT platform for Western Australia Department of Water

Date: 21 August 2014
Category:  Company Announcements

Melbourne - 21 August 2014: NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services company, will exclusively deliver an IT platform to enhance the Western Australia Department of Water’s (DoW) capacity to manage the state's water resources.

NEC Australia has been selected as the exclusive partner to deliver the Western Australia’s DoW’s next generation water management platform, giving it the capabilities to manage increased demands on water resources caused by rapid population growth while giving the department the tools to better manage forecasted declines in rainfall in some regions.

Many water resources in Western Australia, particularly in metropolitan areas, have reached or exceeded their theoretical sustainable consumption limits. Between 2005 and 2011 the number of water resources exceeding sustainable consumption levels increased from 11 per cent to 18 per cent.

This four-year program being undertaken by NEC Australia will assist the state in responding to these conditions and give it the information and tools to more accurately forecast and manage resources in areas where demand is close to maximum capacity.

The platform will also support the department’s mission critical objective to achieve maximum use of water while avoiding possible unsustainable consumption by aligning water management policies with operational practices.

The project will improve the collection, storage and use of water resources as well as provide enhanced monitoring capabilities to ensure that the department can supply high quality data to government, policy makers and industry, so as to accurately plan allocation of scarce water resources.

Using a Microsoft solution stack, NEC will deliver an easy-to-use interface for water users to more efficiently apply for new water licences or renew current licences. This will also streamline the department’s reporting requirements and make water trading more efficient.

Over and above a technology upgrade, the new platform will significantly improve the department’s ability to respond to pressures from people, industry and environmental changes in order to protect the state’s resources.

NEC Australia was selected on the strengths of its record in delivering large, complex and customised enterprise technology projects across Australia. In particular, NEC Australia demonstrated exceptional competency in Microsoft solutions, including building business application interfaces within the .NET framework, web services integration and SQL database development.

“This important contract with the Department of Water validates NEC Australia’s expertise in the required Microsoft technology stack. Our consistent and proven approach to system architecture, design, development, testing and deployment ensures Western Australia is delivered a truly cohesive and appropriately scaled platform,” said Mike Barber, IT Services Director of NEC Australia.

NEC will be the single supplier to DoW throughout the term of the project, providing ongoing technical support during each stage of the system’s build out. Additionally, NEC will work with the DoW to transfer knowledge to the department’s appropriate internal project and technology service teams.

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For media enquiries please contact:

Angela Coombes
Public Relations Manager
NEC Australia
T: 02 9930 2234
M: 0417 805 441
E: angela.coombes@nec.com.au