Higher Education Institutions Take a Different Approach to VoIP

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PosTrack and Phybridge team up to create complete end-to-end hosted VoIP Solution.

The challenges Wagner College had, and the value our partnership has provided, are echoed across the entire vertical.

Wagner College recently selected a partnership between PosTrack Technologies and Phybridge to deliver an end-to-end VoIP solution for their campus on Staten Island. “It was a no-brainer for us,” said Wagner CIO Dr. Dilawar Grewal. “We had aging infrastructure, limited staff resources, and limited capital for an enhanced premise-based VoIP environment. PosTrack and Phybridge were able to offer an integrated solution that puts us at the leading-edge of voice technologies and fits perfectly into our environment. We look forward to the implementation in the coming weeks.”

Don Heidrich, CEO of PosTrack commented, “We’re extremely excited about our partnership with Phybridge. Their innovative use of a long-proven technology to provide IP voice with QoS and PoE over a dedicated IP network removes most, if not all, of the key barriers to VoIP migration and significantly improves service quality and reliability.” The PosTrack/Phybridge partnership extends across multiple markets, with PosTrack’s Communications as a Service (CaaS) platform providing voice services; while the Phybridge UniPhyer allows customers to leverage legacy telecom cabling to build an high-quality IP Voice network.

“The cost comparison between upgrading the entire data network to support PoE and the Phybridge alternative was compelling. VoIP would have been a multi-year initiative for us simply due to the finances. Now we’re looking at an installation measured in weeks.” Dr. Grewal elaborated, “Given the number of folks shifting to a mobile phone and/or a desk phone environment as their primary voice devices, it makes more sense to keep the door open to changing technologies than investing in solely putting voice on our data network and then having to pay for its ongoing management , even if there was an abundance of capital for the project.”

Heidrich also discussed the rapidly expanding trend toward mobility. “We anticipated this time would come and made it the foundation of our model three years ago; and now we’re seeing it across all of our markets. Our goal is to enable our customers to manage a fully mobile communications environment; and seamlessly integrate that environment with their current technology and business practices. This has been of particular relevance to Higher-ed, and we look forward to a long relationship with Wagner.”

“Today we have basic PBX functions and legacy phones on desks across campus. PosTrack will give us more control over our voice environment, and give our users access to their campus number on smartphones and soft-clients,” said Dr. Grewal. ”Essentially, we’ll be able to support users globally with the same amount of effort it took to manage their desk phone. The added advantage of the PosTrack solution is that, when completely implemented, it will streamline user management via integration with our LDAP.”

John Croce, CEO of Phybridge offered “The PosTrack and Phybridge teams are very enthusiastic about Higher-Education. The challenges Wagner had, and the value our partnership has provided, are echoed across the entire vertical.”

Croce added, “We created the UniPhyer because we wanted organizations to have easier access to advanced communications technology. The PosTrack partnership takes this to a whole new level. When you can help an organization move its voice services forward by several generations of technology, while virtually eliminating their capital expense for the migration -- it’s exciting.”

ABOUT WAGNER
Wagner College is a private liberal arts college located in Staten Island, New York, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of approximately 1,800. Through our signature four-year undergraduate curriculum, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, and our location in New York City, the College offers students a comprehensive educational program that is anchored in the liberal arts, experiential and co-curricular learning, interculturalism, interdisciplinary studies, and service to society. Wagner also offers master’s programs in nursing, education, business, and microbiology.

ABOUT POSTRACK
PosTrack Technologies offers 25+ years of experience in technology management, consulting, development, and deployment. PosTrack’s background includes hundreds of clients from higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, and corporate enterprise. PosTrack Telecom was created in 2006 in response to emerging trends in the telecommunications landscape. In order to deliver world-class telecom solutions to the verticals we have long served, PosTrack built a team of solution partners including industry leaders with billions in annual sales. This partner network includes value-added resellers (VARs), infrastructure partners, and solution partners. In addition to Phybridge, membership of the partner network includes Level 3 Communications, Presidio Technology Capital, and Siemens Enterprise Networks.

ABOUT PHYBRIDGE
Phybridge’s mission is to bring practical innovations to market that provides customers and partners an easier way to deploy and manage their VoIP installs resulting in reduced total cost of ownership and enhanced return on investment. The Phybridge UniPhyer, the only networking switch globally delivering Ethernet and PoE over a single pair with reach of 1,200 feet. Customers are migrating to IP telephony quickly and easy leveraging the existing voice infrastructure to create an optimized converged network. Old Phone Today, IP Phone Tomorrow, Guaranteed QoS.

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