Kamco

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Kamco
Type Private (part of NTT Data Group)
Industry Electronic ticketing
Founded 2003
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia
Key people CEO Greg Purdy
Products myki
Employees 120+ in Victoria, India and the US
Parent Keane
Website www.kamco.com.au

Kamco (Keane Australia Micropayment Consortium Pty) is the company formed in 2003 to tender for a new public transport ticketing system in Victoria, Australia. It was contracted to provide the myki ticketing system in 2005. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American company Keane Inc., and when the myki contract was awarded it described itself as "an alliance" of Keane Australia, Ascom, ERG, and Giesecke & Devrient Australasia (G&D),[1] with Keane Australia providing "a single point of accountability" for Victoria's Transport Ticketing Authority.[2]

Controversy in Victoria[edit]

Procurement Process[edit]

In April 2008, Vivian Miners, chief executive of the Transport Ticketing Authority, quit his $545,000-a-year job. After a report into the tendering process by Des Pearson, Victoria's Attorney General Rob Hulls found the tendering for the ticket system had been conducted properly.[3] Mr Miners owned about $150,000 of shares in Headstrong, which was part of the Kamco consortium at the time it won the tender. Mr Miners' partner and former wife both worked for Headstrong and ERG, the Perth-based transport ticket company part of Keane.[4] An early alleged draft of the report, leaked to the media in 2008, detailed a series of alleged conflicts of interest, probity issues, backdating of reports and favouring of the eventual winning bidder Kamco, a subsidiary of the American IT firm Keane.[5]

The final report observed that "Keane had no corporate experience in developing, implementing and operating a ticketing system" and "barely demonstrated adequate capacity."[6] The project has since gone over both time and budget limits.[7][8]

Cash Injection required[edit]

The Australian reported on 24 December 2007 that Kamco had requested a cash injection and wanted to change the contract to receive an accelerated payments schedule.[9] To date Kamco has received $150m of the approx $750m spent.

Dispute with ERG[edit]

Kamco sub-contracted installation and repair of myki equipment to ERG in an A$106 million contract which Kamco repudiated in June 2009. ERG separately sued Kamco, holding myki equipment hostage until "unpaid bills worth $1.8 million were settled",[10] upon which Kamco launched a counter-claim in the Victorian Supreme Court.[11]

January 2010 roll-out[edit]

By early 2010, the state's political opponents were presenting figures alleging that "Melbourne has by far the most costly smartcard system in the world". The Labor Party's Public Transport minister Lynne Kosky attributed issues with the January 2010 roll-out to errors by Kamco, including "very silly mistakes" and "unacceptable" problems including a recall of 30,500 cards.[12] Major operation problems included incorrect fare charging, cards that couldn't be activated and cards that wouldn't open entrance or exit gates.[13]

Review into myki 2010/2011[edit]

After the change of Government in the 2010 Victorian Election the incoming Liberal/National Coalition announced a "warts and all" review of myki by Deloitte.[14] This report has yet to be released as of February 2011. Other companies have claimed they can provide alternative technical solutions at lower cost, but the Public Transport minister Terry Mulder said that it was not appropriate to consider these proposals until the Department of Treasury and Finance had costed the options in Deloitte's report. It could cost the government hundreds of millions of dollars to end its contract with Kamco early.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kamco (12 July 2005). "Kamco Media Release" (PDF). Department of Infrastructure. Archived from the original on 2011-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Keane Australia Micropayment Consortium - Profile v2.0". Kamco. May 2005. Archived from the original on 2011-03-18. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Ticket chief Stopped in tracks, The Age, 2 April 2008 http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/ticket-chief-stopped-in-tracks/2008/04/01/1206850910956.html?page=2
  4. ^ Transport shares questioned, Herald Sun, 15/2/2011 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/transport-shares-questioned/story-e6frf7kx-1111115147938
  5. ^ Ticket chief stopped in tracks, The Age 2 April 2008 http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/ticket-chief-stopped-in-tracks/2008/04/01/1206850910956.html?page=2
  6. ^ "Locked into myki, public is owed answers". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Myki running late again, The Age, 24/11/2008 http://www.theage.com.au/national/myki-running-late-again-20081124-6g59.html
  8. ^ Myki a $550m blowout, The Age, 17 July 2008 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/myki-a-550m-blowout/story-e6frf7kx-1111116934835
  9. ^ Victoria's $500m Myki card blow-out, The Australian, 24/12/2007, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/victorias-500m-myki-card-blow-out/story-e6frgan6-1111115185812
  10. ^ Ben Grubb (22 February 2010). "ERG sues myki vendor for $30m". ZDNet.com.au. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Clay Lucas (22 February 2010). "Company behind myki sued for $30m". The Age. 
  12. ^ Ashley Gardiner (12 January 2010). "Lynne Kosky slams myki company Kamco for series of bungles in Melbourne launch". Herald Sun. 
  13. ^ Robert Charette (8 January 2010). "Australia's A$1.3 billion Myki Ticketing System Introduction Marred By Multiple Missteps". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  14. ^ Richard Willingham (29 December 2010). "'Warts-and-all' review of myki". The Age. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  15. ^ Alan Kohler (22 February 2011). "Metcard operator offers Myki 'solution'". Business Spectator. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 

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