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Australian Federal Government Leads By Example with National TelePresence System


October 31, 2011 - 11 Comments

Since becoming the first Government in the world to deploy Cisco TelePresence to all its Federal, State and Territory Parliament Offices, the Australian Federal Government has been able to measure just how much they have saved in terms of travel related costs and carbon emissions.

Announced in February 2009 as a joint initiative with Cisco and the leading Australian service provider Telstra,  the deployment of Cisco TelePresence® units operating over the Telstra Next IP® network has been operating for 18 months. The service incorporates 36 Cisco TelePresence sites connecting all seven Commonwealth Government offices, Prime Ministerial and Cabinet offices, Parliament House and the offices of Premiers and Chief Minister agencies in every state and territory to one highly secure, high definition video conferencing facility. 

Yesterday, the Australian Federal Government announced the Cisco and Telstra TelePresence solution had achieved productivity, sustainability and cost benefits, with the service hosting more than 1030 official meetings totalling more than 1660 hours. For one TelePresence meeting connected to 12 different locations, the Government estimated to have saved $100,600 in costs relating to travel.

The Government also revealed the service has delivered cost savings in excess of $12 million relating to travel expenses which in turn has directly enabled the Government to reduce carbon emissions by not having to travel to meetings.

The Government established its National TelePresence System (NTS) to reduce the travel and consequent carbon emissions, fiscal costs and productivity losses associated with meetings of Council of Australian Governments (COAG) officials, Ministerial Council officials and other intergovernmental-related interactions.

And those are just the tangible benefits! Government officials are reporting a heightened synergy and enhanced collaboration among various levels and departments of government on complex national reform issues.  Read more in the joint Cisco and Telstra press release here.

Watch the below case study video and hear for yourself how the Cisco and Telstra TelePresence solution is like a “golden thread” that runs through the Government’s IT strategy to help improve its effectiveness, efficiency and lower costs. 

 Australian Government\’s National TelePresence System Supported by Cisco and Telstra

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11 Comments

  1. CISCO taking care of Telepresence in Australia, waw that must be a huge contract with the government there ;)

  2. I agree with you guys. I hope to my favorite Cisco!

  3. I think it is truly an advancement when a government can embrace technology in this way. Definitely congrats to CISCO!

  4. The Australian Government and Cisco have now set the New Standard,Congratulations! .......

  5. CISCO is leading the way with example.

  6. This is a big accomplishment that the Australian government must be proud of. Other countries should also take note of this and try to follow. I would like to congratulate CISCO for making this possible.

  7. Hi this is nice information Australian Federal Government Leads By Example with National TelePresence System.

  8. Reducing the travel and consequent carbon emissions, fiscal costs must be done soon in all countries

  9. I've used Telepresense in a previous job and it is amazing. It is a very different experience to standard video conferencing. Because the people on screen are lifesized and you can see their hands then you pick up on body language. I had a meeting with someone in Brisbane from our Sydney office. It took me all of 5mins to walk to the Telepresense room for a 1 hour meeting. If I had to fly to Brisbane the entire day would have been consumed not to mention the cost of airfares, taxis etc. Mark Elliott CustomTec Pty Ltd

  10. The Government also revealed the service has delivered cost savings in excess of $12 million relating to travel expenses which in turn has directly enabled the Government to reduce carbon emissions by not having to travel to meetings. This is what all governments need to be doing. Try finding ways to cut costs any way that they can be cut down and try and give back more to the people and creat better health Care. Jason William Radii Shoes

  11. Nice accomplishment Cisco. I know this is more about the Aussie Gov. but 1660 hours is impressive