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Lexel lands multi-million dollar Navy contract

Auckland, 20 July, 2006
Auckland technology integrator Lexel has landed a major contract to supply IT infrastructure to the Royal New Zealand Navyís new $500 million seven-strong fleet.

The company recently won a competitive tender issued by prime contractor Australian firm Tenix Defence Pty for the supply of Computer network equipment for the multi-vessel Navy defence project known as "Project Protector".

Lexel will design, procure and deploy computer networks and core systems on all seven vessels. The project is expected to take 12 months to complete.
Noel Simpson, Lexel general manager, says deploying IT on military seagoing vessels poses unique challenges. "The deployment is in a harsh physical environment and must satisfy strict security measures and standards of safety and health."

He says the company has already spent over 500 hours on design and proposal and expects a team of three Auckland-based staff to spend several hundred more before getting near its first vessel. "An extraordinary amount of planning has already gone into this project. Itís tough fixing problems when you're 200 miles offshore, so exhaustive lab testing is a significant part of the overall project."

Lexel has worked with the New Zealand Defence Force and the Royal New Zealand Navy for 10 years.

The contract is a significant win in privately owned Lexel's 20-year history. "Itís not our biggest purchase order but it's certainly a flagship project in our company's history," says Simpson.

Earlier this year the 50 employee company invested $1.5 million to triple the size of its Albany facility, including the addition of a warehouse to house equipment for large-scale deployments.

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