Big claims are nothing new in the IT industry. But Electroboard, a reseller of presentation technology and videoconferencing equipment, has hammered a large stake in the ground and has invested to the hilt to achieve to keep it there.
The reseller plans to dominate the Australian market for videoconferencing services and hardware within the next 12 months, and has shelled out more than half a million dollars to outfit office spaces throughout Australia with the latest in video conferencing gear.
The idea is to charge companies a flat hourly rate to hire a conference room containing PictureTel's 970 iPower videoconferencing system and interactive whiteboards from SMART Technologies. Companies can also connect to the PictureTel Accord Bridge unit from their own end points, which can display up to nine participants from twelve remote sites simultaneously. An operator then supports the remote connection.
The rooms allow conference participants to share data stored on laptops, whiteboards, flip charts, notes and information on the Web according to Electroboard officials.
"Compare the cost of our services with the cost of flying executives in from every state and additional accommodation expenses and you can see why we believe videoconferencing technology now presents a real value proposition for the Australian business market," Warren Bolton, Electroboard managing director said.
Bolton is confident in the reseller's plans for market domination, believing the videoconferencing market is set to take off in Australia.
The bridging facilities cost $50 per port per hour and $250 for the first hour ($100 per subsequent hour) for room hire. A one-hour conference call between Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne for example would cost $150 for the bridge and $750 for room hire.