[VoiceOps] Rephrased Question: 100+ seat MIGRATIONS to VoIP

Brandon Buckner BrandonB at netins.com
Wed Feb 1 13:38:26 EST 2012

Aastra phones and some Polycom phones on 4.x software can do multicast paging which works quite well. Also, BLA/SLA lines work exactly as described for your second scenario. I've done this in Sylantro, Broadworks, and Metaswitch. 

Brandon P. Buckner
Switching Technician / VoIP Admin
Iowa Network Services
brandonb at netins.com

On 2/1/12 12:25 AM, Jay Hennigan wrote:

All-set paging can be a tough one with the PBX remote opening 100+ audio streams.  Many offices can do without it and actually find it to be a more pleasant office without it.  Overhead speakers with a local amplifier are one solution.  There are SIP-based paging speakers out there and a couple of specialized vendors for local all-set paging, some using multicast.  In one case we deployed a local Asterisk on a separate button just for paging.

The one call handling operation that key systems do well that PBXs don't seems to be able to handle is in a warehouse or retail store type of operation.  Take an auto parts store for example.  A call comes in on line 3, caller wants to know if a part is in stock.  Employee answers the call at the counter, puts it on hold, walks to the back of the store, finds the part, walks to the phone in the back of the store and pushes the blinking button to resume the call.

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