The $158m Government initiative plans to provide Department of Education and Training (DET) staff and their students with opportunities to connect with each other across facilities for sharing resources and data collaboration.
"This is an extremely exciting project, which TANDBERG and Dimension Data are very proud to partner with DET to enable great educational outcomes for NSW students, teachers and the community," said Philip Siefert, regional director A/NZ, TANDBERG.
"Students and teachers can now be part of a global community and enjoy a richer, engaging and more compelling learning experience."
As part of the contract, TANDBERG and Dimension Data will deliver a solution to connect 2,200 locations via multi-site video and audio conferencing.
Once deployed, students from any New South Wales state school can interact with each other and receive course material irrespective of both their location and the teacher delivering the lesson.
DET's Interactive Classrooms allow students to take virtual excursions anywhere in the world, while schools will be able to beam experts into classrooms for real-time lectures, communicate with peers in other parts of the state, and significantly expand subject choice by providing classes online through videoconferencing.
"The initial deployment of video conferencing technology has already had a big positive impact on NSW school students," said Pete Murray, NSW state manager, Dimension Data.
"By utilising the bridging technology from this project, it will raise collaborative learning in our state education system to a whole new level.
"Dimension Data is really pleased to be working with TANDBERG and DET on this initiative, which is building on the good work we have been doing to date for DET in the areas of video, IP telephony and security."