Cisco powers Melbourne 'groundscraper'

Cisco powers Melbourne 'groundscraper'

Low-rise connected community stands tall in Melbourne

Cisco powered smart office in Melbourne CBD.

Cisco powered smart office in Melbourne CBD.

Sydney reseller, ALL.IT, has helped start a smart "groundscraper" revolution in the heart of Melbourne.

The Brookvale-based consultant has delivered Lifestyle Working Collins Street project, in connection with Stable Group, Cisco and Lend Lease.

The Victoria Harbour 'groundscraper' delivers a connected small business community a space where voice and data connection is democratised and solar panels come with ownership.

It also comes with all the green bells and whistles one would suppose of a smart green-building.

The first building from ALL.IT, Stable and Cisco was built in Brookvale, Sydney.

ALLI.IT general manager, Dominic Morrow, said his company had helped Cisco deliver a converged network which allowed new owners and tenants to connect within hours.

"What we have done is given a converged network which allows one single system to reduces costs. It also gives the option for larger companies to increase their scale," he said.

"It's cost competitive and you get 4mg up and down(Internet upload and download speeds)."

The vast roof-network of solar-powered panels are sold by title and the electricity gains can be sold back into the network.

The purpose of the community network is to deliver cost savings in a congruous community environment where Friday night barbecues are part of the business network, as much as winding stairs and open spaces.

Cisco technology converges multiple building data networks over the internal local-area-network to reduce network costs and virtualises internal building systems.

It also virtualises servers for BMS, solar monitoring, lighting, access control, CCTV systems, multi-cast routing and free Wi-Fi.

There is also a free scooter hire system via the building app. There is no underground parking.

Stable Group Chairman, Ed Horton, said, in the Sydney project, the guiding rule of the building was no neckties.

But with the move to Melbourne it had changed to "no attitude."

"Three years' ago Collins St didn't exist," he said.

"We set up the DNA for how we want it to operate and we are delighted with the results.

"Small businesses are setting up around larger corporations."

"We have 12 suites remaining out of 137. People are loving it."

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