Key vendors meet Meridian's needs

Key vendors meet Meridian's needs

IBM and Cisco are among the tech companies helping Meridian Energy go green with its new energy efficient, high-tech office building set to open next month in Wellington.

Meridian CIO Rob Bolton says the power company wanted a telecommunications system that was efficient to run and let employees be mobile within the office.

“There is an ecologically-sustainable development plan in place for the building, so any solution had to meet the tough requirements of this,” he says.

Under the proposal by IBM, Cisco and digital media provider PIVoD, 70 percent of staff use laptops instead of desktops, while also using mobile phones integrated with desk-phone extensions.

The building will have wireless and fixed-line IP telephony, integrated with Meridian's new AV system, along with unified messaging that links into Microsoft Outlook and Office.

Another part of the technology setup is PIVoD’s SimPhone. It works with a Cisco, colour touch-screen IP phone as the user interface control for lights, blinds and meeting room AV equipment, as well as powering them off when not in use.

IBM’s South Island manager Murray Price says IBM has been implementing its own environmental management policies since the 1970s, so the company has proven the technology it is providing to Meridian.

“Employees will be able to communicate quickly and easily with each other, no matter where in New Zealand they are, as well as reducing their impact on the environment," says Price.

Cisco country manager Geoff Lawrie says the video conferencing and media collaboration tools will enhance the efficiency of staff communication.

HP is supplying notebooks and desktops and ongoing support.

The telecommunications' infrastructure team from engineers ABB are installing and supporting the data distribution network, including improved network access control and subsequent upgrades to satellite offices in Wellington and other Meridian locations nationwide.

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