Border upgrade raises first flag with suppliers

A joint exercise will upgrade both Customs' and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's systems

Things have started moving on a major revamp of New Zealand’s border control computing systems, under the direction of NZ Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Customs has issued an advance notice to interested suppliers of the opportunity to plan resources to develop a response to an anticipated tender.

Release of the actual RFP is dependent on government approval to proceed, Customs says.

The agency has long been planning to replace its 11-year-old main computer system, CusMod, but is conscious of the trend to rationalisation of ICT across government. What is now emerging, therefore, is a joint exercise, labelled the Border Management Systems Replacement (BMSR) programme, which will upgrade both agencies’ systems.

Customs was funded in last year’s Budget for Stage 1, high-level scoping and design of the CusMod replacement.

“This work has now been completed and a preliminary business case outlining the proposed replacement programme has been produced and is about to be submitted to government,” says the advance notice. “In submitting the business case, Customs will seek permission to undertake detailed scoping for development of a Stage 2 business case.

MAF currently uses both its own Quantum system and CusMod to deliver biosecurity services at the border. Subject to approval, MAF will work with Customs to include its needs in the stage two business case.

Computerworld lodged written questions with Customs on the project. No reply had been received by deadline.

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