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NEC Australia and Aruba link up to assist prisoner reform with the most advanced inmate digital services platform ever seen in Australia



20 April 2021 - NEC Australia and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), have partnered to install and deliver the most advanced digital services platform for Australia’s newest and largest prison, Clarence Correctional Centre, using technology to maximise security and facilitate inmate rehabilitation.
 
The newly implemented technologies and network management system effectively monitors inmate activity and safety through a comprehensive surveillance and network outfitting, to help correctional managers run safer institutions.
 
NEC Australia has worked hand-in-hand with Aruba, Serco, and Clarence Correctional Centre, on the implementation of ICT Systems and managed services including telephony, voice and video gateways, end-point devices, operator services and Inmate Digital Services (IDS) which will allow
Serco to rapidly deploy third party applications, programs and digital content.
 
“We are proud to develop and implement the most advanced digital services platform for Clarence Correctional Centre, keeping security guards, staff and inmates safe,” said Milan Djuricic, Vice President, Managed Services, NEC Australia.
 
In partnership with Aruba, this new digital services platform combines with Aruba Central, allowing the facility to monitor security, and manage WLAN, SD-WAN, and LAN services on-premise.
 
As part of the digital services platform, inmates who practice acceptable social behaviours will also be granted access to self-service technology, such as secure networks, managed family communication and internal facility-based, cashless banking resources, to support their rehabilitation and prepare for release back into the community.
 
“We believe technology can play an important role to play in enabling society and the implementation of this new digital platform is designed to do just that,” said Djuricic.
 
“As a global company which has built a reputation for world-leading advances in communications technology and through collaboration with the likes of Aruba, we are proud of what we have delivered at the Clarence Correctional Centre.
 
“We have a desire to equip offenders for a seamless and positive re-entry into society upon their release. It is a win-win situation for everyone,” Djuricic said.
 
“Working with our key partners, we are proud to have delivered a solution that delivers state-of-the-art technology, connectivity and security at the facility. In today’s data-driven age, security and centralised visibility is critical to a strong network. With NEC Australia, we are driving innovation and providing staff with the digital tools needed to identify and resolve problems before they occur”, said Pat Devlin, Director, Aruba South Pacific.
 
Clarence Correctional Centre, situated 12 kilometres south of Grafton in Northern NSW, is a 1,700-bed men’s and women’s facility employing more than 600 staff - The Centre opened in June 2020.
 
The Clarence Correctional Centre was designed, built and operated by 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.
 
ENDS
 
About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is the global leader in secure, intelligent edge-to-cloud networking solutions that use AI to automate the network, while harnessing data to drive powerful business outcomes. With Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) and as-a-service options, Aruba takes a cloud-native approach to helping customers meet their connectivity, security, and financial requirements across campus, branch, data center, and remote worker environments, covering all aspects of wired, wireless LAN, and wide area networking (WAN).
 
To learn more, visit Aruba at www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates, follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products, visit the Airheads Community at community.arubanetworks.com.
 
Media Contact:
Matt Overington
Head of Corporate Communications, NEC ANZ
0401 207 074
matt.overington@nec.com.au
 
Liam Price / Maddie Kempthorne
DEC PR on behalf of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
0419549880 / 0415353424
aruba@decpr.com.au