Datacom wins immigration IT contract
Wellington-based IT company Datacom has been selected to build an $80 million system for the New Zealand Immigration Service.
The Labour Department revealed that negotiations with Datacom to construct the Immigration Global Management System (IGMS) were at an advanced stage, reports the website stuff.co.nz.
Former immigration minister Jonathan Coleman confirmed funding for the project last month. The new system will help centralise decisions relating to immigration, allow them to be made within New Zealand and also allow people who have applied for visas to check their application progress online. Another benefit is the processing of visas will be sped up, and also allow an increased use of biometric identity checks.
This investment was initially proposed in 2007 by the Labour government, following a Thai national being caught embezzling thousands of dollars while working for Immigration New Zealand in his home country. A report later discovered problems with the ability of the department in their ability to detect fraud.
Privately-owned firm Datacom beat larger rivals, after reporting $725 million in revenues last year. Almost half of it’s 3,800 staff are based within New Zealand and it has large operations in Asia and Australia. Chairman John Holdsworth is worth around $150m.
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