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Proof of Concept Network Project Final ReportJanuary 2010 Page 27 of 55
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Connection between the StateNet hub and AARNet has been established, however it is limited to specific applications between specific hosts. It does not provide direct communication between all SABRENet connected TAFEs and all AARNet connected institutions as was envisaged due to StateNet restrictions. The VPN required by StateNet did not support videoconferencing due to the way it used a single IP address that was connected to the private network using Network Address Translation (NAT). Videoconference streams from South Australia are now routed via the public network using the gateway operated by the Tele-Learning Consortium (TLC) within SA TAFE. While a VPN circuit was installed into Canberra Institute of TAFE (CIT) for the dental hygiene project, it is not being used as this would limit the connectivity of the videoconference system to connections to South Australia only. In Victoria, connections were established between AARNet and Wodonga TAFE, William Angliss TAFE and Kangan Batman TAFE. A circuit to East Gippsland was provided through VERNet, but was cancelled prior before a working service to AARNet could be established. Although AARNet provided options for connectivity to Gordon TAFE, these were not approved by Skills Victoria who instructed AARNet to pursue connectivity through Victrack. AARNet and VicTrack did come to agreement on Terms of Service and Acceptable use, however VicTrack were unable to provide a quote on which AARNet could place an order for a point-point service between either Gordon or Holmesglen TAFEs and any AARNet point of presence within Melbourne CBD. It is understood however that Gordon TAFE currently has some level of connectivity to AARNet through its link to Deakin University. 4.2 Applications Software This aspect of the project progressed well, in that the software was available to practitioners to use and well supported. In addition, the wider VET community used these national platforms. Proof of Concept Network Project Final ReportJanuary 2010 Page 28 of 55
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The difficulties some members of the POCN Project had in using the software shows that much work is still to be done on national interoperability. For example, the intention of the Project was to use VETVirtual for meetings, including the Practitioners’ Network meetings. This did not eventuate because the firewall and security requirements of some participating institutions did not support real time communication. This indicates the importance of initiatives such as the Australian Flexible Learning Framework’s e-Standards for Training work ( http://e- standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/ ) particularly resources such as the VET Teacher E-learning Toolkit.
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