WORK on a systems integration contract carried out by Electronic Data Services (EDS) Hong Kong on behalf of the Government has proved particularly rewarding for the company. 'EDS is particularly proud of the work done for the Government,' EDS' Hong Kong operations manager Art LaPlante said, adding this was one area in which the firm had been most focused. EDS has three major contracts with the Government's Information Technology Services Department. It won the first contract, for the Immigration Department Communications Network, in January last year. Worth $14.4 million, it was the company's first major agreement with the Hong Kong Government. Under this contract, EDS has put together a backbone network for the Immigration Department and will set up communications links between all of its immigration control points. EDS also won the Immigration Control Automation Systems contract in May last year. This is a systems development contract and EDS has nearly completed the software design for the system. The whole system, which includes the installation of US$5.8 million worth of hardware and software for use by the Immigration Department, will not be fully operational until September. The third contract, only recently concluded, is called the Assignment Services Agreement. Under it, EDS will help the Information Technology Services Department to plan, develop, implement and maintain the Government Information Technology Programme for 18 months. During that time, EDS will provide an estimated 450 man-months of professional information technology services to various Government departments. This third contract will be one of Mr LaPlante's primary responsibilities. He joined EDS Hong Kong last August, prior to which he worked for EDS in the United States where he focused on servicing the needs of the US Government. As EDS' operations manager, he will oversee the company's other contracts. These include the data processing work EDS does for the International Bank of Asia and the processing of a Fraud Management Information System for Hongkong Telecom. The latter will help Hongkong Telecom identify people who are misusing its services. EDS is also just beginning to create a video control system for the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club. This project is based on state-of-the-art multimedia technology. Mr LaPlante said with all these contracts, EDS was trying to enter into a partnership with its customers.