Australian Federal Government Leads By Example with National TelePresence System
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.