Dimension Data has secured a $7.6 million contract to supply Victoria's Department of Natural Resources and Environment with a converged voice, data and video-conferencing system.
The services company is leading the design, supply, integration and management of an IP video and audio-conferencing system, as well as providing an e-collaboration and content delivery network to 108 of the Department's regional sites.
Dimension Data will implement Cisco System's Architecture for Voice Video and Integrated Data (AVVID) platform for the converged IP network environment, while specialist players IBS and Technology Ideal will provide the audio-visual integration and IP video conferencing systems respectively.
The project, known as NREach-out, is designed to bridge the distance between regional NRE offices and is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. NRE's 4000 staff work from nearly 150 locations across the state. The Department has an annual funding just shy of $1 billion, which includes $52 million worth of Commonwealth funds and $132 million from fees and charges.
"Consisting of a number of products integrated into interlocking systems required by the Department, the network will offer Tandberg IP video conferencing to 30 sites, with 40 sites able to access video streaming," said Dimension Data managing director Steve Nola. "All 108 sites will be able to use the e-collaboration facilities as well as being able to dial in and listen to the video conferences."
Telecommunications for the video conferencing system will run on NRE's fixed price access to the VicOne IP data network provided by AAPT.
Dimension Data secured the contract in a competitive bid, according to a statement released by the company.