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RSPCA Headquarters Enhances its IP Communications

News item: September 1, 2002

New RSPCA Headquarters enhances its IP communications infrastructure to reduce travel and save time on costs

VideoCentric Ltd installs RADVision ViaIP Multipoint Server and Gateway to facilitate voice and video meetings across the RSPCA’s converged network.

Wokingham, Berkshire, UK – September 6th 2002 – VideoCentric Limited, the Video-over-IP Specialist who resell and integrate best in class technology for voice and video communication over IP have successfully supplied and installed the latest multi-site conferencing technology at the RSPCA’s new Headquarters in Horsham, Surrey.

In order to extend earlier cost-saving measures to other RSPCA sites, the Cisco voice-over-IP infrastructure has been upgraded to allow multiple parties to join the same audio conference and to introduce the capability to communicate visually over their own broadband network, thereby incurring no extra line usage costs and reducing the need for as much travel amongst management and employees.

In implementing the second stage of its IP convergence strategy, Matt Winckless, Technical Communications Manager at the RSPCA said, “Our converged network which consists of an IP phone on every desk has already begun to demonstrate the benefits we expected. Having undertaken extensive proof of concept trials before our first installations, our users are now impressed with the speed, ease of use and functionality of our IP solution. By adding multi-site and gateway technology, we not only extend the benefits to other sites, but make the reduction of wasted travel time and associated costs a reality”. He went on to add “As a charity, we are dependent upon the generosity of the public and we must endeavour to continually keep our overheads to an absolute minimum. Telecom’s charges and the need for travel are obvious areas to target, and I am confident that our investments in technology will help us re-invest savings into our fight against animal cruelty”.

David Shimell, General Manager of VideoCentric Ltd said, “VideoCentric is pleased to have been chosen to integrate the new RADVision equipment into the RSPCA’s existing and successful IP communications infrastructure. Having worked with multipoint technology for over 15 years and IP communications for the past 5 years, our staff have the expertise to provide expert installation and unrivaled technical support. Additionally we will ensure that any enhancements offered by the manufacturers, RADVision, are quickly made available to the RSPCA for the benefit of all concerned”.

About the RSPCA

The RSPCA is the world’s oldest animal protection society and the diversity of its operations makes its communications needs extensive. For example, it receives one telephone call every 20 seconds from the general public. It employs 1,500 paid staff, with 350 in its UK Headquarters. The remainder is spread across England and Wales in 10 regional headquarters, 23 animal homes, four hospitals, and various mobile workers including inspectors, collection officers, branch development advisors and school liaison officers. For more information, please visit www.rspca.org.uk

About VideoCentric

VideoCentric is an integrator & reseller of the world’s leading video conferencing and streaming products from RADVision, Codian, Polycom, Tandberg, Emblaze-VCON, Lifesize, SONY & Canon. Headquartered in the Thames Valley, England, with satellite sites in Edinburgh and Ayr Scotland, VideoCentric markets its products and services primarily in the UK but has also formed associations with other Companies worldwide to facilitate the global supply and support of major corporations and system integrators, including those of Cisco, Avaya, Mitel, IBM and Nortel. VideoCentric’s bandwidth services include the supply of ISDN, ADSL, ADSL-Max, SDSL and uncontended leased lines for video and voice over IP, and their other value added services include free demonstrations, long-term rental, short-term hire, installation, maintenance, training, managed multipoint and 24×7 video dial-in support. For more information, visit www.videocentric.co.uk or telephone 0118 9798910 (England/Wales) or 0131 473 2351 (Scotland).

About RADVision

RADVISION is a leading provider of products and technology for real-time voice, video, and data communications over packet networks. Recognized universally as the experts in real-time voice and video over IP (V2oIP), RADVISION offers the broadest and most complete set of enabling technology and networking systems needed to enable enterprises and service providers to migrate their voice and video communications from traditional telephone networks to new converged networks. Today, hundreds of thousands of end-users around the world communicate over next-generation networks, using IP-centric products and solutions built around RADVISION products and technology. For more information, please visit our website at: www.radvision.com

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