Strencom has won a contract worth €250,000 to provide the environmental consultancy RPS Group with a fibre-based network to connect more than 500 employees in eight offices across the island of Ireland to each other and to group headquarters in the UK, helping the company ramp up its videoconferencing activity and reduce its carbon footprint in the process.
RPS said the Strencom NGN (next-generation network) would deliver a massive bandwidth boost for the consultancy, enabling it to achieve better and more cost-effective communication between its offices.
RPS Group, which is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by 5pc each year, uses videoconferencing as its main mode of inter-office communications. For instance, all board meetings are now held by videoconference.
"As environmental consultants, videoconferencing is an important factor for us. We made the decision to reduce our carbon footprint by 5pc per annum, forever," said Connie Wiseman, IT manager at RPS Group.
He said the increased use of videoconferencing would enable RPS to meet its sustainability objectives, as well as other benefits.
"The time spent by our employees travelling will be cut significantly, and travel expenses will also be reduced considerably," said Wiseman. He also said Strencom’s solution beat off competitors because the managed service provides extensive monitoring and early alert system if there is any issue that might affect connectivity.
Tim Murphy, CEO at Strencom, said the company’s uncongested lines have quadrupled bandwidth available to RPS Group, so their offices can work together in a highly efficient way.
"Staff in the Dublin office can share projects with the Galway office across a secure and resilient network, and heavy-duty applications such as videoconferencing can be supported simultaneously – something that’s just not possible or scalable on the traditional leased line network," said Murphy.