The Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports and Queensland’s largest multi cargo port. On average, around $50 billion in international trade is handled through the Port annually, connecting Queensland and northern New South Wales trade with the world. As Port Manager, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) invests significantly in infrastructure to boost supply chain efficiency, facilitate sustainable trade growth, and improve land and waterside connectivity for customers and stakeholders.
Port of Brisbane has recently constructed the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal that provides world class facilities for the world largest cruise liners and their guests. The new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is a $177 million dollar investment that is set to boost the Queensland Tourism industry and support local economic growth.
The primary business challenge that faced Port of Brisbane was the goal of delivering world class facilities supported by cutting edge technologies over modern, secure, and robust data communications infrastructure.
Secondary challenges that Port of Brisbane faced were the need to adapt and be agile in the wake of COVID-19 to meet new health and safety compliance. This means that the IT solutions being deployed, including the underpinning network infrastructure and services, must support this agile capability.
MOQdigital worked with Port of Brisbane to define the business requirements and drivers, of which some were:
MOQdigital designed and deployed a modular, next generation network for Port of Brisbane which consisted of secure perimeter, data centre networking, campus networking, high density indoor wireless, outdoor wireless and industrialised edge networking.
The next-generation campus network solution for the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is based on a modern software defined network architecture and extends the recently deployed Cisco Software Defined Access - Campus Fabric network solution deployed at the main Port of Brisbane Campus.
The extension of the Software Defined Access solution provides the same controller-based networking between sites, which not only provides a single pane of network orchestration and monitoring but also provides an extension of secure segmentation constructs and policy enforcement between sites. This effectively means that a user or device can seamlessly move between sites and still have the same access and security policies applied wherever they go.
The Cisco Software Defined Access Solution was augmented with distributed multicast support within the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal. This provided support for the new AV solutions deployed at the terminal, and the multicast transport was spanned between Campus sites to extend inter-fabric site multicast functionality.
The Cruise Terminal Software Defined Campus Network was deployed with Cisco Catalyst 9500 & 9300 hardware, whilst the Industrial Campus Edge functionality was provided by IE3400 ruggedised switches (deployed in policy-extended edge mode) all managed and monitored by DNAC.
WiFi6 was deployed within the terminal to provide high-density capabilities and to satisfy the demanding performance requirements of both POB staff and the terminals guests and patrons. This solution leveraged Cisco Fabric integrated wireless access points and Wireless LAN controllers. Fabric integrated wireless enables the same secure segmentation and policy enforcement as the wired counterparts.
Data Centre networking was provided by the Cisco Nexus platform and the security perimeter provided by Cisco Firewalls.
MOQdigital worked with Port of Brisbane to ensure that a suitable solution was designed and deployed that satisfied the business requirements and solved the business challenges. The solution extended the recently deployed Software Defined Campus solution at the main Port of Brisbane Campus which provides a single management and monitoring pane of glass and single segmentation constructs, device onboarding and policy enforcement capability. The network was deployed to be robust, secure, and agile which has already proven capable with ever evolving changes mandated by COVID-19 health and safety compliance.