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Country Energy selects Cerulean for innovative Radio Over IP Solution

  • 02 August, 2005 11:08

<p>Sydney, Australia – 2nd August 2005 – Cerulean, an IBM Australia company, today announced that it has signed a significant agreement with energy services provider Country Energy to design, build and maintain one of the first commercial Radio Over Internet Protocol (ROIP) solutions in Australia.</p>
<p>Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Cerulean will implement a radio-enabled network which will allow Country Energy’s geographically dispersed workforce to communicate in real time, and interact with the company’s existing IP network. The solution will integrate support teams spread across New South Wales and beyond, enabling Country Energy to better manage customer needs and reduce infrastructure and operating costs.</p>
<p>Country Energy manages Australia's largest power supply network – serving more than 780,000 customers. According to group general manager networks and infrastructure, Ken Stonestreet the solution will significantly enhance the company’s reliability and responsiveness.</p>
<p>“By integrating disparate radio networks, this solution will allow our four operational service centres to operate as a single, virtual entity, allowing for greater efficiencies and cross-company collaboration,” he said.</p>
<p>“Our regional support teams will be able to share workloads more easily, creating a more responsive, focused organisation.”</p>
<p>The innovative solution will enable the transmission of two-way radio traffic over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, using standards-based Voice Over IP technology voice gateways. By installing radio-enabled gateway routers at base stations, repeaters, and dispatch consoles, standard radio voice signals can be converted into Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) packets suitable for transport over Country Energy’s IP network.</p>
<p>Not only will the company’s geographically dispersed teams be able to communicate by radio, but they will also be able to connect to internal phone extensions and reach external numbers, including mobile phones. In addition, the provision of services can be switched seamlessly between regional support centres, allowing Country Energy to respond more effectively in the event of an emergency.</p>
<p>Simon Walsh, General Manager of Cerulean, said: “The ROIP project is the latest in a three-year relationship between Cerulean and Country Energy, and is another example of how Cerulean applies the latest in network technology to solve clients’ business challenges. By integrating multiple communications technologies, Cerulean is helping Country Energy to become an on-demand business – more flexible, responsive and resilient.</p>
<p>Completion of the ROIP project is expected by the end of this year.</p>
<p>About Country Energy</p>
<p>Country Energy manages Australia's largest power supply network, spanning 95 per cent of New South Wales' land mass, and serving over 780,000 customers with around 3,300 employees. Country Energy also offers retail electricity in five states and territories, with a product range that includes natural and bottled gas, internet services, water and energy efficiency advice. For more information, visit http://www.countryenergy.com.au.</p>
<p>About Cerulean</p>
<p>Cerulean, an IBM Australia company, specialises in helping clients address the specific productivity, integration and business transformation needs of their organisation. By specialising in networking and integration solutions for next generation technologies, such as IP (Internet Protocol) Communications, Security and IP Mobility solutions, Cerulean enables organisations to enhance productivity and gain competitive advantage. Formerly branded Logicalis, Cerulean was acquired by IBM in March 2004, and works with organisations as diverse as small businesses and large multinationals, and across all industries from retail to government. For more information, visit http://www.cerulean.com.au.</p>
<p>For further information please contact:</p>
<p>Matt Mollett</p>
<p>IBM and Cerulean Public Relations</p>
<p>Phone: 0413 420 394</p>
<p>e-mail: mollett@au1.ibm.com</p>

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