Systems integrator, 3D Network, is finally set to start work on Macquarie University Hospital (MUH) after its completion date moved from 2009 to 2010.
According to 3D Networks CEO, Rod Taylor, MUH’s original plan was to use Nortel infrastructure to build the voice and data network for the $180 million facility.
“After our initial design and implementation, which was based on Nortel technology, it went into Chapter 11 (bankruptcy) and the hospital felt uncomfortable with making a major investment in the technology even though we felt very comfortable with Nortel being able to weather the storm,” he said. “It went through several iterations both from a technical perspective and a solution implementation perspective to get where it is today.
“They came to us to look for an alternative and the beauty of being agnostic is we’re able to do this and that underpins a lot of risk and variation. They depend on a systems integrator like 3D Networks to do that.
“I’d hate to understand where the hospital may have been had they made a commitment to a technology and then had very little flexibility if circumstances change.”
But Taylor was quick to state the hospital’s delay was not due to the decision to change from Nortel to Cisco.
“This is really a significant project and I can guess as to issues such as their wanting to be careful and prudent in what was a financial downturn period,” he said. “The most important thing is it’s certainly on schedule to turn up this year. When it arrives people will be absolutely impressed.”
Taylor said the hospital deal was a major win for the reseller with plenty learned along the way by newly hired and old staff.
“You don’t do these solutions singularly, you gain a lot of subject matter expertise as you go through the design and implementation phase, which we want to replicate,” he said. “We have a specific healthcare practice now within our business based in Melbourne.
As part of the solution 3D Networks will be installing end-to-end IP network infrastructure comprised of Cisco and AeroScout technology. The network connects 185 beds, 15 theatres, a research centre and several clinics across the entire campus.
The entirely digital unified communications system will have full redundancy and asset tracking with RFID tags to track the exact locations of important equipment. More than 800 Cisco unified IP phones will be provided along with Cisco Aironet 1130AG Series wireless access points.
The hospital has proven to be a boon for IT resellers, with Rauland Australia recently sealing a deal to provide Siemens HiMed units and digital screens to the hospital.