Videoconferencing Systems (379_15)

Request

  1. Please can you identify the number, make, model and location of videoconferencing systems that you have within the Force area.
  2. Please identify if your current network has a multipoint bridge and streaming capabilities and if so the makes and models of the equipment.
  3. Are your videoconferencing systems currently under a maintenance contract and on what date or dates does this expire?
  4. What is your annual spend on new systems and maintenance for existing systems?
  5. Who is you current Videoconferencing supplier for equipment and services?
  6. Who is responsible within the Force for the Videoconferencing network of systems?
  7. Has the organisation deployed Microsoft Lync/Office 365?

Response

  1. Please can you identify the number, make, model and location of videoconferencing systems that you have within the Force area.

 

We have approximately 20 fixed video conferencing systems and around 100 – 150 smaller desktop video conferencing systems.  These are located at nearly all sites across the Force area.  They are the Emblaze VCON units.

 

  1. Please identify if your current network has a multipoint bridge and streaming capabilities and if so the makes and models of the equipment.

 

Yes we have the capability to host bridge rooms where multiple connections can take part.  The streaming capability is taken care of via the H.239, H.261, H.263 and H.264 protocols, and all of the equipment is Emblaze VCON systems.

 

  1. Are your videoconferencing systems currently under a maintenance contract and on what date or dates does this expire?

 

No

 

  1. What is your annual spend on new systems and maintenance for existing systems?

 

A new budget has not yet been determined

 

  1. Who is you current Videoconferencing supplier for equipment and services?

 

We do not have a current supplier

 

  1. Who is responsible within the Force for the Videoconferencing network of systems?

 

The Head of ICT Services, Head of Architecture and Design, and by delegation the Network Services Team Manager and the ISS Team Manager for their respective areas and technologies.

 

  1. Has the organisation deployed Microsoft Lync/Office 365?

 

Microsoft Lync is in trial phase, Office 365 is not deployed.

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