UXC Connect has begun the delivery and roll-out of the solution to the remote site which will house up to 4,300 construction workers. The solution consists of IP CCTV, Public Address & General Alarm and Access Control infrastructure being installed in external and internal areas throughout the campsite including cafeterias, laundries, communal areas and 14 other facilities.
While no specific details about this site have been forthcoming from UXC Connect, we speculate that given the numbers and build time-frame this contract could only be for the security and safety system at Chevron’s $A29 billion Wheatstone LNG project near Onslow on Western Australia’s Pilbara coast.
The Wheatstone onshore foundation project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (73.6 per cent), Apache (13 per cent), KUFPEC (7 per cent), and Shell (6.4 per cent). The high tech, environmentally responsible Wheatstone complex is taking 5 years to build and will be completed in 2016. The accommodation complex, which will house more than 4300 construction workers, will be one of the first facilities to be built at the site. 
The foundation project comprises two LNG Trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum and a domestic gas plant. It is forecast to create more than 6,500 direct and indirect jobs at peak construction and result in more than $A17 billion being spent on Australian goods and services. The initial IP video contract for this huge enterprise is valued at $4.1 million and, according to UXC Connect, the win supports its entry into the IP video surveillance sector, as well as its decision to grow its West Australian team considerably over the last 12 months.
The full IP video surveillance solution will use a Geutebruck management system and Panasonic IP PTZ cameras to manage and improve the safety and security of the workers on the remote work site, with a view to protecting staff and property from unauthorised access and other OH&S issues. The solution will also enable greater emergency response and ensure that site managers will be able to identify historical events of interest and provide indisputable evidence of activities.
UXC Connect has invested significantly in its IP video surveillance solution, developing strong alternatives to the current options in the resources market, particularly for enterprise organisations looking for a converged surveillance and security system, said Richard Ellison, solution manager, IP Video Surveillance.
“UXC Connect is the first IT solutions provider in APAC to partner with world class technology vendors to bring a converged solution to market. UXC Connect’s offering exceeds many other IP video surveillance offerings available, both in terms of the technology and support services.” 
“Our investment in the IP video surveillance space, together with our extensive IT infrastructure skills, strong technical expertise, and a proven track record for delivering high-quality solutions for remote regional communities enabled us to create a truly robust and secure end-to-end solution that includes multiple delivery options,” Ellison said.
According to Ian Poole, CEO of UXC Connect, the contract highlights the benefits of further investment in the West Australian office and the company’s ability to develop world class solutions for some of the most challenging environments.
“UXC Connect is thrilled to secure this contract; it is further evidence of our successful go-to-market strategy where we continue to invest in the people and partnerships that enable us to create market leading solutions.
“The growth we have seen in Western Australia and particularly in the mining oil, and gas sector has meant that we have been able to invest extensively in our WA team,” said Poole.
UXC Connect is the largest Australian-owned ICT infrastructure solutions and services company in Australia with a focus on innovative service models and solutions. UXC Connect is a wholly owned business of UXC Limited and employs more than 600 staff across the country. Its head office is based in Sydney, and it has 6 state offices and staff located on-site at customer premises. It was recently included in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Australia 2012, featuring in the Top 10 Leadership Awards category, as well as recognised in the CRN Fast50 2012 awards.