The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) has awarded Tandberg and Dimension Data the contract to provide video conferencing infrastructure. It will link every school and TAFE in NSW as part of the state’s $158 million Connected Classroom Project.
The win continues success for the two companies with the Department. Last year the pair won the tender to supply with the Department with 2,200 video conferencing units in the first phase of the Connected Classroom Project.
Tandberg and Dimension Data will now also enable DET to connect the units via multi-site high-definition video and audio conferencing.
A statement from Tandberg says the new technology will enable students from any New South Wales school to take virtual excursions anywhere in the world, and will be able to receive course material irrespective of both their location and the teacher delivering the lesson.
Earlier this year, DET announced two other major contracts for NSW schools. Lenovo Australia won a $150 million deal to supply up to 267,000 netbooks to NSW schools funded under the Rudd Government’s Education Revolution. The netbooks will be used by teachers and by students in years 9-12.