Equant and CSIRO team up

Equant and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have collaborated on a research and development program to develop a high-speed communications service that works across time zones and geographies.

Officials said the service will make it easier for virtual work groups in different locations throughout the world to perform concurrent engineering and follow-the-sun development work.

Companies identified a need develop high-speed collaborative tools because of the increasing trend by global organisation to distribute research and development resources across the globe, officials said.

Announced yesterday, the project is being funded by a federal government grant and the basic functionality of the service has laready been installed on the CSIRO server. According to officials, the service should be operational by the end of the year.

Beth Jackson, regional general manager for Equant's network services division, Australasia said the project leverages Equant's global network.

Companies will access the service via Equant's high-speed point-to-point protocol dial-access service or via a local ISDN connection to CSIRO's server in Melbourne.

Using Equant's network, information will be able to be shared between overseas tems via data conferencing or videoconferencing software on the CSIRO server, officials said.

According to officials, it is planned the service will link CAD systems with bid management software to provide organisations with greater collaboration.

In the future, CSIRO is also intending to include extra functionality such as manufacturing resource planning.

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