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Property group puts down VoIP roots

Property investment and management group Investa is the latest Australian enterprise to implement an Internet Protocol (IP) telephony system. It was revealed today the company installed more than 200 IP handsets as it relocated to an office in Lend Lease's new Sydney building earlier this year.
Written by Renai LeMay, Contributor on
Property investment and management group Investa is the latest Australian enterprise to implement an Internet Protocol (IP) telephony system.

It was revealed today the company installed more than 200 IP handsets as it relocated to an office in Lend Lease's new Sydney building earlier this year.

In a statement issued by the project's hardware vendor Cisco, Investa's chief information officer David Miller said the system was integrated with employees' PC desktops and drove workplace efficiencies.

"The relocation to a new head office gave us the opportunity to implement a Cisco IP communications solution that showcases innovative workplace efficiences in all aspects of the office," Miller said.

The solution was installed with the help of local network and systems integrator Oriel. Investa deployed more than 200 of Cisco's 7970G IP phones which feature colour screens.

Cisco's Australia and New Zealand unified communications manager Peter Hughes added the back-end call control system controlling Investa's telephones was unlike most traditional phone systems in that it was located away from the company's head office in a separate datacentre.

Cisco also said it had recently sold its 400,000th IP handset in Australia, double the number compared to this time last year.

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