Victorian Electoral Commission looks to thin clients to slash costs

Victorian Electoral Commission looks to thin clients to slash costs

Prime Minister sets date for federal election

"Any Wyse unit could be plugged in to any office, connect to the server, upload and be ready to go in seconds.

"Since all settings and setup are saved on the server, and using Wyse Thin OS on the terminal, deployment is just so easy. Since all programs and setups reside on the server it is just a matter of plug and play."

The VEC use Citrix ICA to connect the terminals back to head office Citrix infrastructure, which published the Election Management application connecting to a SQL database running on Windows Server. All offices including the 36 Early Voting Centres and the trial six electronic voting stations used the Wyse thin client terminals for the 2006 election.

The VEC contracted with Telstra Data Services to provide temporary ADSL based secure private IPWAN connectivity from the Early Voting Centres to the head office.

Telstra helped set up 36 offices in just 10 days.

"Previously we had used an expensive ISDN network and were thrilled at the cost saving IPWAN gave us. We worked with their planning team for four months prior to the implementation of ADSL and that really helped," Joshi said.

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