Melbourne: Infosys Australia has delivered a new $4.5-million software application that will enable the Victorian state government's Department of Infrastructure (DoI) to better manage its public transport bus services contracts, worth over $450 million per annum. Infosys Australia is the Australian subsidiary of Indian IT major Infosys Technologies, which has over 30,000 employees in 30 locations world-wide
The privatised arrangements support system (PASS) bus system offers improved management of public transport bus contracts, achieving better public transport outcomes for Victoria. Commencing in December 2002, the project was completed on time and within the budget. The Victoria government enters into 1,700 individual bus contracts with 1,600 bus operators, covering metropolitan, regional and school bus services. The PASS bus system will provide a more controlled and automated approach to the management of these contracts. It will also provide a reusable technical architecture that will reduce the time and cost of future automation projects.
The system is a suite of web-based applications based on J2EE, Websphere and Microsoft SQL, integrated with several of the DoI's existing systems. It has the following modules:
- Involved Party Management: Records the details of bus operators
- Contract Management: Controls the values of the contract schedules and the processes for contract variations
- Costing and Indexation: As per the business rules of the contract terms and conditions.
- Payment Management: Manages periodic and ad-hoc payments to operators for current contracts.
Over 15 DoI staff worked alongside Infosys Australia's team of 40 programmers to develop and deploy the system.