Author: Leo D’Alessandro – Product Marketing Manager, Sangoma
Managing an academic institution is far from easy. Not only do students and faculty need access to resources for ensuring a comprehensive educational experience, but administrators and principals must balance the need to keep parents informed in real-time and ensure a safe and secure environment. This can be a complex challenge without the proper communications system in place.
The telecommunication infrastructure of a modern academic institution should be able to answer yes to the following questions:
Can teachers, whether in a classroom or elsewhere, be reached by parents, the principal, or other faculty members instantly?
Can teachers carry their extensions with them to a different school in the same district?
Can the phone system be configured with time conditions to route calls appropriately on holidays or after hours?
Can staff members who are located at various school locations dial each other using only the extension?
If you answered no to any of the questions, then your phone system is missing vital Unified Communications (UC) features that could make students safer, parents more informed, and keep teachers better connected.
PBXact, Sangoma’s award-winning UC solution, delivers UC features that ensure a safer environment at a price schools can afford.
PBXact Improves Security
It’s safe to say that security is a top priority for schools. PBXact provides many features that can help to improve the safety of students and staff.
Key features for achieving a safe and secure school environment include:
Emergency broadcast to parents’ mobile devices with 3rd party integration
Automatic call routing or a custom greeting for important announcements
Remote police access to D-Series IP phone speakers in classrooms for monitoring purposes and two-way conversations
Identification of the exact location of staff or students when 911 is dialed in an emergency
An Affordable Solution for Schools
One of the major roadblocks to improving or updating the telecommunication infrastructure for educational institutions is budget. New school deployments have the advantage of a pre-allotted budget for their new phone system and telephony equipment. But for older schools, they have the challenge of justifying the replacement of their existing platform.
Sangoma PBXact is an affordable, advanced phone system with UC features. It is scalable to meet the needs of 25-5000 users, allowing for support of even the largest school districts and multi-site consolidation. Deploying PBXact with SIPStation SIP trunks allows schools to replace costly, legacy landlines that can cause exorbitant communications costs.
For schools with tight budgets, an existing legacy phone system can still be replaced with PBXact by combining it with Vega VoIP gateways, which negate the need to replace the entire infrastructure. Simply connect all the legacy analog phones within the school to the Vega gateway, which connects to PBXact, to automatically gain a modern communications setup. This cost-effective approach allows schools to save money, which can be put back into the system for academic use.
To learn more about Sangoma’s PBXact, download the PBXact for Education brochure.