Christchurch's new leading-edge precinct

The information and communications technology (ICT) fitout of the 42,000 square-metre multi-agency precinct began in September, starting with the courts. ICT programme manager Hana Wolzak says a million metres of fibre optic cable and 95,000 metres of copper cable will be fed into the precinct.

‘The building will house some of the smartest technology available,’ says Hana. ‘The ICT programme involves us working closely with all the tenant agencies to clarify their individual technical needs and develop optimal solutions.

‘As the building’s landlord, we’ll fit out the entire building with core ICT infrastructure to support each agency, before putting in place the Ministry’s ICT set-up. ‘A key feature of the building’s leading-edge technology is a focus on new innovative ways of working with people equipped with the digital tools to work anywhere, anytime.

‘This may involve Ministry staff taking their device such as a tablet, and wirelessly casting content to a meeting room screen, or working remotely elsewhere in the building without having to log into a desktop.

‘For the judiciary, it means they will have a single device that will operate seamlessly at their desk, in their chambers, at the court bench and out of the office. ’The 900 daily visitors to the building will also benefit with public computer kiosks and wifi throughout.

‘As well as modernising the courts, it’s also about a new way of working,’ says Hana.

Read more about CJSEP (Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precint) here.

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