Successful VoIP installation in US high school shows VoIP potential advantages


Whilst business VoIP is quite rightly often cited as being of huge benefit to a company’s bottom line, by way of reduced phone costs, a successful recent VoIP installation by a high school in the US also highlights the superiority of VoIP as a method of managing institutional and business phone systems.

The school in question, Melrose High School in Melrose, Massachusetts, implemented its VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone system in 2008 as part of a major renovation project, pending ongoing critical scrutiny by its governing educational authority, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The VoIP implementation was given as much priority by the school as were improvements to its electrical wiring – a task also carried out during the same early phase of renovation.

The VoIP implementation has enabled the school to install a phone handset in every classroom, for which it received a commendation by the NEASC.

Melrose High School’s ability to add phone extensions in this way mirrors the successful experiences of many businesses and other institutions which have adopted VoIP, finding it offers significant and economical benefits in the way of telephony infrastructure developments.

The key to VoIP’s flexibility in this area lies in its exploitation of broadband internet channels for the sending and receipt of large quantities of voice data. One advantage of sending and receiving such signals via the internet is that an increase in the number of phone connections can be managed and implemented by the company or institution on site, without the need for any complex, expensive rewiring by telecommunications engineers.

Although Melrose High School is believed to have installed a new VoIP phone exchange, many businesses restricted by costs, can often install cheaper VoIP connection gateways, such as those offered through session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking.