Integrated Vision has just invested more than a million dollars to establish facilities in Sydney and Melbourne offering pay-as-you-use videoconferencing technology to the corporate and public sectors.
The company has also announced it will relocate its head office from South Australia to Victoria in January, 1999 and open another videoconferencing facility in Perth during first quarter.
Integrated Vision is Australia's largest reseller of PictureTel videoconferencing equipment and according to Graham Williams, the company's managing director, it has leveraged its expertise in the technology to establish the Sydney and Melbourne facilities.
The two new facilities replicate similar sites the company has operated in South Australia and Queensland for about 18 months, and joins a network of approximately 200 affiliates worldwide, Williams said.
Integrated Vision claims its Sydney facility - which was officially opened by NSW Minister for Information Technology Kim Yeadon last week - is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
Established in partnership with PictureTel and Telstra, both it and the Melbourne site, which commenced operations in February, are designed to provide public videoconferencing, hourly room hire and enable multiple sites to communicate globally in a completely natural and interactive manner, within a private environment.
"The facilities provide people with a quick and easy way to get into videoconferencing," Williams told ARN. "It will be useful for those that don't have their own equipment or don't have it everywhere across their organisation.
But casual videoconferencing doesn't come cheap. Hire of each room costs up to $400 an hour, although that does include free access to Integrated Vision's technical help line. A tollfree 1800 booking service is also available.
The cost has not deterred one high-profile organisation from signing up already though. The NRL (National Rugby League) plans to use the Integrated Vision facilities to host videoconferencing meetings for judiciary members hearing cases involving players from interstate.