EDS Awarded Contract to Improve Container Movement Through the Port of Melbourne



    PLANO, Texas, and MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 23 /CNW/ -- EDS was awarded
a 12-month contract with the Victorian Department of Infrastructure to run a
pilot program to trial new technology designed to dramatically increase cargo
movement for the Port of Melbourne by integrating information from thousands
of users into one online system.
    The program aims to replicate the success of Spain's Port of Valencia,
one of the first in the world to successfully integrate a port's supply chain
into a single information portal.
    "The Port of Valencia improved the time to process a container by 50-60
percent in the last five years and provided savings across its port
community," said Chris Mitchell, EDS Australia managing director. "The Spanish
have now moved to commercialize this technology and have linked with EDS to
introduce the system to other ports around the world."
    The Port of Melbourne currently moves about two million containers
annually -- almost 40 percent of Australia's international container trade.
With traffic expected to more than double over the next 30 years, the Port of
Melbourne is in a position to achieve major improvements in both efficiency
and cost.
    The 12-month pilot will involve about 10 different organizations,
including the Port Authority, shipping and freight companies as well as
importers and exporters.
    The aim is to integrate information and documentation in key areas such
as berth booking, container statues, trade directory, hazardous cargo and ship
arrivals and departures. The system will enable participants to be the first
to trial improved services to offer their customers, helping them to be more
competitive, win cargo and earn customer loyalty by improving their processes.
    Melbourne-based IT consulting firm Red Wahoo, which specializes in
business-to-business technology and has previously mapped the Port of
Melbourne supply chain will work with EDS during the pilot.
    "The intention is to provide far greater access to shipping, cargo and
transport operations information, remove duplication and achieve higher
quality, more reliable data," Mitchell said. "Cargo transactions involve a
broad mix of public and private organizations with varying degrees of IT
maturity and legacy systems, and we are looking forward to working with the
Victorian Government and the port community on proving the viability of this
system to allow future growth at the port."

    About EDS

    EDS (NYSE:   EDS) is a leading global technology services company
delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information
technology outsourcing industry 45 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad
portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services
to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare,
communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and
to governments around the world. Learn more at http://eds.com.

    
     CONTACTS:
     Paula Driscoll - EDS Australia     Blake Hull - EDS Plano
     61 400 641 033                     1 972 605 5063
     paula.driscoll@eds.com             blake.hull@eds.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Paula Driscoll, EDS Australia, 61 400 641 033,
paula.driscoll@eds.com, or Blake Hull, EDS Plano, +1-972-605-5063,
blake.hull@eds.com, both of Electronic Data Systems Corporation Web Site:
http://www.eds.com

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