Contact Group shines at 2017 NECA Awards


Contact Group shines at 2017 NECA Awards

The Contact Group had great success at the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Tasmania Awards held on Saturday the 5th of August. Over 200 people attended the annual event, held at Hobart’s Hotel Grand Chancellor, including industry representatives, contractors, suppliers and government representatives. It was a great chance to showcase the Contact Group’s work, with the company taking out two awards; best Lighting Project and best Voice/Data Communications and Audio Visual Project.

 

The winning entry for the Lighting Award was the Morrison Street, Street Lighting Upgrade Project on Hobart’s historic waterfront. As part of the City of Hobart’s urban renewal project, the Contact Group installed street, seat and decorative lighting all along the waterfront precinct. The provision of the new lighting and power infrastructure required complex forward planning to ensure the works could be completed while maintaining public access. The project included mains cabling, concealed power outlets, lighting poles and a new switchboard concealed within a cultural bollard. Existing in ground infrastructure had to be located, assessed and removed if redundant, while several cable pits and conduits had to be raised due to tidal flooding in the area.

 

The second award was for Project Unite – the Contact Group’s major overhaul of data cabling at the Wrest Point and Country Club Hotel Casinos. The Federal Group installed a new Gaming Management System at both Casinos, transitioning to the new e-Bet system. There were 800 gaming machines, grouped in 80 banks moved to the new system in less than three months. The Contact Group’s work included power and communications infrastructure to service the new system. The Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) are mounted on bases that have wiring access between all functional units. Contact installed cable trays, service poles to each bank, soft wired DGPO’s, switches, fibre optic interface boards, and a multimode OM4 and a single mode fibre backbone and CAT6A horizontal copper system.

 

The NECA Awards recognise the best Tasmanian electrical and communications contractors and apprentices and the Contact Group is proud to have taken out two such important awards. Congratulations to all staff involved and to all the other finalists.