NEC Australia has been named as a finalist in the ICT/Telecommunications category of the Australian Institute of Project Management Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA), which recognise, honour, and promote outstanding achievements in programme and project leadership.

NEC delivered Clarence Correctional Centre near Grafton in NSW first-of-a-kind digital services to inmates on top of a highly available network and data centre infrastructure, some of which include LAN, WAN, WLAN, telephony, voice and video gateways, Inmate Digital Services (IDS), end-point devices, operator services, and ICT integration works.

Through 2 contracts, NEC Australia has delivered on a crucial partnership focused on assisting inmates with their self-improvement – ultimately fostering increased confidence, better behaviour, and a more positive self-image. Based on favourable behaviour patterns, inmates will be granted permissions to access IT services such as secure networks, allowing approved purchases and entertainment, managed family communication and internal prison-based, cashless banking resources – all part of the most advanced inmate digital services platform ever seen in Australia.

“We are thrilled to have worked on such an exciting and important project with JHG,” said Hean Groom, NEC Australia’s general manager, projects & transition. “To be recognised as a finalist in these awards is a worthy recognition of the amazing talent that we have at NEC, along with a professional collaboration with JHG and our other valued partners.

“Our strong delivery governance framework enabled us to deliver a solution that streamlines processes for inmates and prison operators and creates better outcomes for society in general,” Hean said.

NEC has a proven history in working with correctional facilities across Australia, including the provision of secure and controlled telephony requirements for over 70 per cent of Australia’s prison environments across more than 15 years.

“I would like to congratulate each of the finalists of this year’s awards,” said Elizabeth Foley CEO of AIPM. “The entries showcase exceptional project success and profile the highly skilled leaders driving these projects forward. We are looking forward to celebrating with all the finalists and revealing the winners in our first ever fully virtual event.”

The recently-opened Clarence Correctional Centre was designed, built and operated through a Public Private Partnership (PPP), with the Northern Pathways consortium comprising of Serco, John Laing, John Holland Group and Macquarie Capital, on behalf of the NSW Government.

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