Waterford IT embraces VoIP

14 Jul 2008

Business communications provider Damovo is to provide converged internet protocol (IP) telephony services to Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), which will give it a platform for next-generation e-learning services.

The system has integrated voice and data communications for over 1,500 staff and 10,000 students across the entire campus.

As part of the solution, Damovo has completed the rollout of an IP telephony solution for staff and research students in a recently opened, state-of-the-art €25m tourism and leisure studies building, as well as upgrading the existing campus-wide telephone system serving over 2,000 users onto a converged IP network.

Having full access to next-generation communications services is essential for WIT’s continued strong focus on research and building links to the business community. Damovo’s solution allows the institute to deliver e-learning services using real-time tools such as web and videoconferencing. This will enable students to access educational services online from any location and to collaborate with universities and campuses around the world.

The system Damovo installed is the Aastra MX-ONE. This server-based platform is built on open hardware and software, and has been fully integrated with WIT’s IT systems and applications. This is the first implementation of the Aastra MX-ONE in Ireland following Aastra’s recent acquisition of Ericsson’s enterprise communications business.

“Damovo has delivered a scalable and flexible solution that leverages all of our previous communications investments, while allowing us to take advantage of advanced IP technology,” said Professor Kieran Byrne, director, WIT.

“It will provide our staff and students with a gateway to enhanced collaborative learning and research, which is important for our continued growth and success. We now have a communications infrastructure that will help us to showcase our talents on the national and international stage.”

By Sorcha Corcoran

Pictured:John McCabe, managing director, Damovo and Professor Kieran R Byrne, director, Waterford Institute of Technology