A fibre-optic network has recently been installed to provide a data link between the major buildings; the network is FDDI compliant. The ethernet connections consist of coaxial and twisted-pair cable; additional connections to terminals are via leased and private telephone and data lines.
The computer system provides an internal electronic mail system for all its clients. External electronic mail to other local, interstate and international institutions is provided by an e-mail connection to AARNet. Faxes may be sent directly from any terminal on the network.
At the Jervis Bay site the telephone system provides a connection to the plant database by modem, as well as voice and facsimile links. Portable two-way radio communications provide the Gardens staff with links to the Australian Federal Police and the Jervis Bay National Park.
Consideration will be given to extending the fibre-optic network to include buildings not at presently connected and to connecting the Gardens' fibre-optic network in Canberra with that of CSIRO. The ISDN link between the Gardens and Belconnen will be upgraded to handle increased traffic. The AARNet connection will be upgraded from mail only to full access, enabling direct access to and use of remote machines.
The two-way radio system will be assessed to see if it is suitable in its present state for use during emergencies.