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October 27, 2010

US GSA awards $18m task order to AT&T Government Solutions

15 telepresence rooms at GSA office locations across the US to be deployed

By CBR Staff Writer

AT&T Government Solutions business unit has been awarded a $18m task order to implement its Telepresence Solution, enabled by Cisco TelePresence, for the US General Services Administration (GSA).

As per the agreement, AT&T will provide a turnkey implementation of Telepresence Solution, which includes design, planning, deployment, concierge, maintenance and on-going support; network connectivity and transport; room-system hardware; and network-based inter-company bridging, at 15 GSA locations nationwide.

AT&T will initially deploy 15 telepresence rooms at GSA office locations across the US, creating a Managed Network Service (MNS) Telepresence.

The telepresence rooms will be installed at the 11 GSA regional headquarters and four Washington, D.C. area locations, and will be available for use by the GSA and other federal agencies.

In addition, GSA will have access to AT&T Business Exchange, a business-to-business global collaboration technology that allows multiple companies and organisations in different locations to connect to one another.

The Telepresence Solution is a scalable service that allows government agencies, companies, and organisations to connect with each other and with their partners and suppliers globally through a secure, multi-point offering.

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The Telepresence Solution provides 1080p video, actual-size display of participants, and directional audio that identifies which participant is speaking.

The company said that the task order was awarded under the GSA Networx Enterprise contract vehicle and has a period of performance through the expiration of its Networx Enterprise contract on 31 May 2017.

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