Brisconnections Secure Backbone

Logicalis Provides Secure Backbone For Airportlink M7
Secure communications network for ASX-listed BrisConnections $5.6Bn QLD PPP infrastructure upgrade saves money, provides revenue and ensures uptime

Sydney, May 8, 2012 – Logicalis Australia, the IT solutions and managed services provider, has completed the design, build and implementation of a two part  secure communications network for BrisConnections to underpin the Queensland AirportlinkM7 Project, a section of the Northern Busway and a direct link between the Brisbane East West Arterial Road and Airport Drive, known as the Airport Roundabout Upgrade.

These three projects are critical elements of the South East Queensland Infrastructure Program and Plan (SEQIPP) and are vital pieces of infrastructure for tackling traffic congestion, primarily on the north side of Brisbane. Together, they represent one of the largest single investment in transport infrastructure ever undertaken in Australia, with a total project cost of over $5 billion.

The secure Cisco backbone implemented by Logicalis will support seamless integration between the tolling infrastructure, back office operations and the public tolling payment system. Internal operations have been enhanced by providing secure wireless network services for internal support staff and external contractors. Brisconnections (BCS) will offer external payment services for customers who wish to pay tolling fees online.

BrisConnections, an ASX-listed company, went to tender for a highly available, secure enterprise class network compliant with financial regulators such as PCI DSS, in September 2011 to ensure the integrity of confidential financial and personal data being exchanged across the network. Logicalis was selected on account of its network design capability, understanding of BrisConnections’ business, and technical competence in delivering security and networking projects, as evidenced recently by its Australian accreditation as Identity Services Engine (ISE) Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. The ATP designation recognises Logicalis as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell deploy and support Cisco ISE products and solutions.

Logicalis ensured the network was flexible enough to integrate other third party systems and devices, while delivering a solution that helped manage costs and auditing simply and keep things as streamlined as possible, including implementation of virtualised servers saving an initial outlay of $250,000 and ongoing administration costs of up to $50,000 per year.

Logicalis worked with BrisConnections to design and implement the network which runs in parallel to a network operated by Kapsch, provider of the tolling infrastructure. Logicalis’ use of virtual security within the architecture allows externally facing applications to be securely multi-tenanted alongside internal databases and servers consolidating assets and centralising and simplifying IT management.  This work was completed in parallel with the live production network ensuring service availability during the implementation. It also provides a business grade Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) to allow staff members to securely roam the campus whilst maintaining access to all of their services. The WLAN will accommodate the vast number of contractors who regularly visit the BrisConnections premises and use their own devices access to access external resources.

“It’s not every day your company gets to work on one of Australia’s largest and most public transport infrastructure project that integrates so many technologies and business processes - security, cost management, transport and high availability. We’re proud to work with BrisConnections in support of its objectives to deliver the best possible public service,” added Oliver Descoeudres, Marketing Director, Logicalis Australia.