Network and systems integrator, Oriel, has installed more than 250 Cisco Unified IP phones into the new Sydney offices of Investa Property Group. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
The Cisco 7971G colour touch-screen phones are the first implementation of that particular model for Oriel. General manager, Chris Fydler, said the rollout reflected the beginning of a shift in the way businesses approached telephony.
"Phones have gone far beyond voice. One of the coolest things about the Investa integration is the level of building control the phones provide," he said. "In some rooms you can press a button for a presentation, for example, and a projector appears from the ceiling, a projection screen lowers and the blinds close automatically. You don't need 16 different controls anymore."
Oriel partnered with Pivod Technologies to work on the integration of building control and infrastructure in what has been one of the largest implementations of its type for the business, Oriel principal consultant, Rod Haywood, said.
"Investa's office is a real showcase for its clients," he said. "It was a good opportunity that a lot of integrators don't get."