MEDIA RELEASE 04 November
Banana Shire Council Dramatically Reduces its Carbon Footprint and Realises
Significant Time, Cost and Collaboration Benefits with Polycom's HD Video
Banana Shire Council uses Polycom's HD video conferencing solutions to bridge
divide between rural and regional, saving up to $24,000 and 6,000 kilometres per
month in time and travel costs
Banana Shire Council, located in central Queensland, is reducing its carbon
footprint and experiencing significant cost and time savings through the
implementation of high definition video conferencing technology from Polycom,
Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a global leader in telepresence, video and voice
In 2008, as a result of the Queensland local government consolidation, Banana
Shire Council doubled in size to 30,000 square kilometres creating a four hour
drive from one end of the Shire to the other.
As a result Banana Shire Council saw an increased need for more efficient
communication and collaboration. They worked with Polycom and Telstra to
implement video, voice and data capabilities between the Shire's major sites
through an IP WAN, which provides businesses with a simple, cost-effective and
secure means of interconnecting between metropolitan, regional and rural
After the council consolidation, geographically dispersed teams were required to
travel several hours and cover distances of up to 200 kilometres for the
council's monthly meetings, which cost the council both significant time and
money and led to a drop in productivity. It also meant that council vehicles
were being poorly utilised. This was solved through the use of video
conferencing equipment installed by Polycom.
"The Polycom and Telstra technology has collectively saved Banana Shire Council
approximately $24,000 per year and about 6,000 vehicle kilometres per month,"
said Todd Sleeman, director corporate and community services, Banana Shire
"By enabling staff throughout the Shire to communicate face-to-face through
video conferencing, we have also reduced our carbon footprint which is very
important to us and our constituents. It is also safer because our staff are not
undertaking long country drives," said Todd.
If the IP WAN system didn't exist Banana Shire Council would require an
additional two servers at the main site in Taroom, requiring the time of support
"This would require the council to send staff to Taroom to support those servers
costing approximately nine hours per fortnight," said Jacob Godwell, ICT support
officer, Banana Shire Council.
"Not only are the cost and time savings significant, but there was no real
training required as the implemented technology is that easy to use, a flick of
a button and employees can have immediate contact with other offices," said
"Polycom's video conferencing technology allows for increased productivity and
collaboration benefits because workers spend more time working and less time
travelling," said Michael Chetner, Managing Director for Polycom Australia and
New Zealand. "The solution for Banana Shire Council shows the impact that video
conferencing technologies can have to rural and regional areas supported by a
high speed, robust broadband network," he added.
As the Shire continues to grow there will be a need to provide services to its
communities and the Telstra and Polycom technology will be able to grow with the
council into the future.
Link to video case study:
Released for Polycom by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Petra Aitken or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413