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Cisco helps launch Dialogue Cafe in Melbourne, Australia

Last week, The Hub Melbourne launched Australia’s first Dialogue Café. Dialogue Café is home to a high-definition video conferencing network specifically designed to facilitate dialogue between people from across the world to address social issues. The Hub Melbourne’s first Dialogue Café exchange will be with Cleveland, Ohio for a discussion on social enterprise business models. National Australia Bank (NAB) helped fund the project and we contributed by providing state-of-the-art Cisco TelePresence.

See the press release and video from the launch of the Dialogue Café here.

Dialogue Café will allow Australians to meet face-to-face with a diverse group of citizens around the world to informally discuss ideas that address social, environmental and economic issues, such as youth literacy and the job skills required for work in the 21st century. The concept is a vision of individuals from different cities and cultures around the world to collaborate and share experiences, to learn from each other and to work together to make the world a better place.

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The Melbourne Cup: The Race that Stops a Nation, but No Longer the Mobile Networks!

It’s that time of year again: the race that stops a nation. Computers are switched off, tools are put down and everyone in Victoria gets a public holiday, just to watch the famous Australian horse race, the Melbourne Cup. The richest and most prestigious horse race in Australia will be held, as it is every year, at 3 p.m. AEDT on the first Tuesday of the month (today!), at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. A racecourse that is soon to become the most technologically advanced in the world, thanks to the Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi Solution and StadiumVision.

With plans to be operational before the 2013 Melbourne Cup, the Wi-Fi solution will provide punters with all the information they need to place bets, order food, and get around the venue (over 100,000 people attend the venue on Melbourne Cup day). The roll out of Cisco technology at Flemington will allow the Victoria Racing Club, the operators of the venue, to provide an interactive race experience to patrons by providing directional seat information upon arrival, real-time traffic and weather updates and exclusive video content. The technology will also offer sponsors and advertisers new opportunities to engage patrons with dynamic and highly targeted content and promotions.

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What’s Influencing the Future of Work in Australia? [Infographic]

So much about our working day has changed since the early 1900s, when work meant 14 hours, six days a week and only 20% of women participated in the workforce. Undoubtedly, the Internet has completely transformed the way we work, facilitating one in five Australian jobs now related to international trade and estimated to contribute $70 billion to our GDP by 2016.

As part of our Way You Work campaign, Cisco is examining the cultural, social and economic changes that have influenced our working world since the 1900’s. This infographic walks us through these changes and takes a sneak peak at what the future might hold.

 

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The Australian government reaps benefits from telework and looks to expand services

August 10, 2012 at 8:12 am PST

At Cisco we believe that when governments keep pace with the latest technologies they improve efficiency and better serve their constituents.

Australia is known as a government at the forefront of technological innovation. Since 2009 the Australian government has rolled out 36 Cisco TelePresence units across Australia, in Commonwealth offices, Prime Minister and Cabinet offices, Parliament House and state government offices.

The Australian Government has participated in more than 1800 meetings via Cisco TelePresence and has saved more than $26 million in travel costs since deploying in 2009. This is double the amount of savings the country anticipated, according to a recent ZDNet article. So it’s no surprise that the country is looking to expand its telepresence usage.

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Living the Connected Life – in Tasmania, Australia

By Lionel Walters, Guest Columnist

I grew up in suburban Sydney and enjoyed many of the benefits and conveniences of life in a large and established community. I was close to family and friends, had easy access to basic services such as education and health care, and had an almost unlimited selection of entertainment and retail options. In those blissful days of my youth, I had everything I needed within a distance of a few short kilometers.

My situation changed somewhat when I started my career. For the first time I found myself joining thousands of others in a daily commute to inner Sydney. I’m sure I was not alone in feeling that the two hours of travel each day could be better spent in other pursuits, but like so many before me, I took it in stride because I believed it was the price to pay if I wanted to realize the Australian Dream.

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