A new solid technology infrastructure for Port of Brisbane

03 Nov 2020, MOQdigital

Utilities & Transport

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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 the Port Manager,  Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) becomes busier and busier every year. MOQdigital has been lucky to work with The Port of Brisbane for a while now, and recently we have been helping them with their challenge to adapt to the modern and agile world of IT and to be on the front foot with cyber security. We stepped in and worked with POB to overcome this with a new Next Generation Campus network. 

Over time, PBPL network infrastructure had aged, and components had reached end-of-life/end-of-support. In addition, the network architecture remained static and was straining to adapt to business change and emerging technology trends such as IoT. Network security and endpoint visibility was also lacking, which presented additional challenges. 

MOQdigital worked with PBPL to define the business requirements and drivers, of which some were: to provide network flexibility, simplified management and enhanced capability to improve PBPL’s cyber security position. We then designed and deployed a Next-Generation Campus Network solution for PBPL based on modern software defined network architecture. The solution is based on an evolutionary software defined offering from Cisco, dubbed ‘Software Defined Access’. The Software Defined Access solution incorporates controller-based networking, fabric overlay networking, tightly integrated network security, and advanced network monitoring capabilities through assurance and analytics.  

MOQdigital also introduced secure segmentation capabilities into the network. This segmentation capability was then taken further by leveraging secure onboarding capabilities to identify and control devices connecting to the network and enforcing micro segmentation policies which control device communications within a virtual network. The secure segmentation component effectively allows for the separation of corporate devices, IoT devices and guest devices among others.  

The deployed solution was transformative, evolving the Campus network from that of yesteryear to a modern, adaptable, scalable, and secure network. Port of Brisbane now has robust technology infrastructure that will help the business adapt and grow. Teresa Murphy, Head of Technology at Port of Brisbane said that “the MOQdigital team were of the highest calibre. They provided the necessary technical leadership to drive the project forward. We were implementing new concepts in network technology, and they made it simple.” PBPL now has a strong technology foundation that they can build on as they adapt and grow for the future. 

If you would like to know more about the work we did with Port of Brisbane, you can find the case study here. If you would like to get in contact with us to see what we can do for you, click the button below.  

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