Increased investment in ICT could save business, government and consumers an estimated $8.1 billion and more than 27 million tonnes of carbon pollution could be avoided every year, according to a newly published report.
Global satellite operator Inmarsat and Cisco have formed an alliance to enable the delivery of high definition video over future Inmarsat satellite services that will also see Cisco becoming a provider of satellite connectivity for its Telepresence HD videoconferencing service.
"Video is about to really take off," says Simon Dudley, video evangelist at LifeSize.
Adelaide based Flinders University is reviewing its entire information and technology approach with the recently installed CIO keen to shift increasing amounts of computing to the cloud.
ANZ Private & ANZ Trustees - a unit of the ANZ Bank that serves wealthy clients - has deployed Cisco Telepresence technology to enable its clients to consult with bank staff remotely.
AARNet has formally launched its Cisco Telepresence Exchange service, announced last July, enabling its member institutions with Cisco Telepresence facilities to set up point-to-point and multipoint high definition videoconferences with each other and with institutions overseas.
Nine major telcos, including Telstra, have joined forces to form the Global Meeting Alliance, dedicated to facilitating video communications between customers on their respective networks.
Polycom has unveiled a strategy to enable service providers to offer cloud-delivered, video-as-a-service (VaaS) to their customers.
AARNet has joined the Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC) - the body created by Polycom last June to develop telepresence interoperability across the networks of different service providers.
The Australian Telehealth Network (ATN) has launched its video consultation services for GPs, specialists and aged care providers in partnership with BCS Global and Vidyo.
Australia's videoconferencing market is getting hotter with Japanese giant Sony making a serious attempt to break into it via new distribution arrangements with unified communications systems distributor 24/7 Distribution.
Huawei is ramping up its assault on the Australian telepresence market with the launch of new multi screen room systems that, it claims, can achieve total costs of ownership that are up to 50 percent those of its competitors.
Increasing adoption by businesses of enterprise-grade telepresence has created a boom market for video conferencing, with global spending expected to hit $1.1 billion by 2016 on the back of compound annual growth of 19.5 percent.
Today telepresence is the acme of collaboration at a distance, but it still falls well short of the interaction that takes place when people are together. Bell Labs is looking at how to create truly 'immersive meetings'.
The Federal Government has detailed the productivity gains it estimates have been achieved from the 36 location telepresence system installed in 2009 under what was initially a $13.8m contract awarded to Telstra and Cisco.
First it was the carrier networking market, then mobile devices and now Huawei is making a big play for the enterprise market in Australia with the launch of a channel partner program and the appointment of Simms International as its exclusive distributor.
AARNet and Cisco have teamed up to enable AARNet member institutions to interconnect their Cisco TelePresence videoconferencing installations via a Cisco TelePresence Exchange.
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