Siemens wins IP contract with Australian gov't

Australia's Federal Department of Finance and Administration (DOFA) Monday inked a A$1.8 million (US$1.3 million) contract with Siemens to upgrade its communications network across four sites in Canberra.

The department will install Siemens HiPath 4000 Real-time IP system and the Siemens ProCenter 5.1 Contact Centre solution which includes more than 1,400 OptiPoint 500 handsets.

Siemens general manager David Healy said the three-month rollout allows DOFA to protect its existing investment as the solution allows IP and traditional TDM networks to coexist.

"And because the secure core architecture is separate from the user interfaces, security against attacks is at the highest possible level, ensuring system integrity," he added.

Commander business development manager Mike Doering said the easy migration path to new technology allowed Siemens to win the competitive bid.

"We listened very carefully to what DOFA wanted from its new communications network. We are setting the foundation for DOFA to future-proof their network," Doering said.