Tuesday, 05 February 2019 10:39

Greenbox completes $5 million device repurposing contract for Defence

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IT asset lifecycle management company Greenbox has completed what it says is Australia’s largest technology asset disposal for the Department of Defence, with more than 110,000 ICT devices repurposed.

The $5 million contract was awarded to Greenbox as part of the department’s largest infrastructure program in over a decade, replacing more than 110,000 mobile and desktop computers in the latest major project as well as processing another 90,000 devices including monitors, printers, networking equipment and servers.

Greenbox says it was selected for the work because the company offered a “value for money option and was appropriately accredited to manage over 110,000 pieces of hardware and data sanitisation while offering a transparent chain of custody for the devices”.

“Greenbox has provided Defence with a centralised approach to IT asset recovery by managing this large-scale project to a defined and carefully-documented standard to ensure assets were repurposed, and the data they stored was permanently destroyed,” said Shane Mulholland, chair at Greenbox.

“Our sites are designed specifically to handle these types of sensitive projects; we have the capacity to sanitise large numbers of devices simultaneously, backed by accreditations that meet Defence’s stringent cyber-security requirements.

“In addition to delivering to the data security requirements for the project, our processes ensured triple bottom line sustainability, with environmental, social and financial benefits. By giving new life to the 110,000 technology assets, we kept 1,300 tons of materials out of landfill, enough to fill 80 shipping containers. Repurposing this equipment provides social rewards by making affordable equipment available to communities in need, while also delivering financial returns.”

Greenbox executed the project across its high-security IT Commissioning Centres in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

According to Greenbox, the large-scale, purpose-built sites allow it to conduct up to 800 concurrent device wipes per facility, which reduced the overall time to complete the project.

“This efficiency is coupled with defence-standard security, including hardened premises and personnel who are cleared and accredited,” Greenbox said.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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