Hewlett-Packard is believed to have won an NZ Customs contract to provide initial planning for the replacement of the core Cusmod system.
Customs won’t confirm the contract at this stage, but says it will make a formal announcement later in the week. Computerworld understands there were about 50 tender responses.
The major rebuild of Cusmod is expected to cost more than $100 million. Customs has indicated that the redeveloped system will be an intelligence database with the potential for cross-border intelligence, surveillance and customer service strategies, and with links to other governments and their agencies, including Australia.
The department received $2.74 million in the June Budget to upgrade its border management systems and to plan for the replacement of Cusmod. Sources say the planning contract will be worth around $500,000.
Cusmod was introduced in 1997 to process arriving and departing passengers.